Melissa Sumares, Center Director
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Welcome to the Melrose KinderCare webpage! Here your child will learn, grow and make lasting friendships. We would love for your family to join ours!
Melissa Sumares, Center Director
Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.
Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.
As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.
At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.
As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.
Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.
Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.
KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.
The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.
Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.
Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather
Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.
Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter
For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside.
Our staff is dedicated to early childhood education. We are comprised both of teachers that have been with us for over ten years, and teachers who are new to our center. We pair up our veterans with newer teachers. They play off of each others' strengths, which helps to keep both new ideas and proven strategies in an ideal way.
Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.
Melissa Sumares, the Center Director, started with KinderCare Learning Center in March 2001. She started at KinderCare of Burlington as a Discovery Preschool teacher and became part of Center Management in 2004. Melissa transferred to Melrose KinderCare in January 2013. Melissa holds her degree Early Childhood Education and is Director Certified in the State of Massachusetts. Melissa is a mother of two young daughters.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know, and YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go." --Dr. Seuss
Andrea Morrissey, the Assistant Director, started with KinderCare Learning Center in May 2004 as a preschool teacher and became the Assistant Director in 2009. She holds her Degree in Liberal Studies and is Lead Teacher certified in the State of Massachusetts
Everything happens for a reason.
Ms. Jessica just graduated from High School and will be attending Saint Anselm College starting September 2013 to study Psychology.
Children are always looking up to us, so lets give them something great to look up to!
Ms. Crystal has had nine years experience working with children.
I honestly think we learn more from the children than they learn from us!
Ms. Gail is Teacher Certified in Infants.
You have to dance like there is no one watching, love like you will never get hurt, sign like no one is listening and live like it is heaven on earth.
Ms. Angela is Teacher Certified in Infants, Toddlers and Preschool. She has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for 17 years.
Do what you love, love what you do. Life is good!
Ms. Toni has worked will all age groups, Infants through Prekindergarten.
Live, laugh, love.
Ms. Danielle is Director Certified and has her Bachelor's Degree from Lesley University. She enjoys teaching the Learning Adventures enrichment programs.
It's okay not to know, but it is not okay to not try.
Ms. Donna has had 15 years experience working with children and working in the Early Childhood Education field.
Creativity is never all used up; the more you use it, the more you have.
Ms. Natasha is the Prekindergarten Teacher for the Melrose KinderCare. She has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." - George Burns
Ms. Lauren not only has has vocational school training in culinary arts she also has one year of Early Childhood Education.
God will only give you what you can handle. Everything happens for a reason.
Ms. Paula is the mother to three wonderful children. She is a dedicated worker to KinderCare which has been a blessing in her life!
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!
Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes.
Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines
The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places.
Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.
Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.
New Years Day, Presidents Day (staff Professional Development Day), Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day (staff Professional Development Day), Thanksgiving, Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas
**Please take note that if the holiday falls on a weekend we will observe the holiday on the Friday before or Monday after**
At Melrose KinderCare Learning Center safety is our number one priority! We have a keypad to enter the center. Only families are given the code. All of our staff are CPR and First Aid certified.
Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and though the various training opportunities in the community.
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