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Melrose KinderCare

Melissa Sumares, Center Director

832 Lynn Fells Pkwy Melrose MA 02176
(781) 665-5818 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 7 YEAR-OLDS

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Welcome to Melrose KinderCare. Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.

You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.

Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Melissa Sumares, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

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.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

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.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

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.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

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.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

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.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

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.

Teachers & Staff

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.

  • Melissa Sumares

    Melissa Sumares, Center Director

    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.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jessica, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

    Ms. Jessica just graduated from high school and will be attending Saint Anselm College starting September 2013 to study Psychology.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
  • Ms. Crystal, Infant Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
  • Ms. Gail, Infant Classroom

    I honestly think we learn more from the children than they learn from us!

    Ms. Gail is Teacher Certified in Infants.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Teacher Certified, Associate Degree in Business
  • Ms. Angela, Toddler Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Teacher Certified
  • Ms. Toni, Toddler Classroom

    Do what you love, love what you do. Life is good!

    Ms. Toni has worked will all age groups, Infants through Prekindergarten.

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Teacher Certified
  • Ms. Danielle, Preschool and Learning Adventures Classroom

    Ms. Danielle is Director Certified and has her bachelor's degree from Lesley University. She enjoys teaching the Learning Adventures enrichment programs.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Education, Director II Certified
  • Ms. Donna, Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Teacher Certifed
  • Ms. Natasha, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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 degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Lead Teacher Certified, Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

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**

Health and Safety

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.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

“We knew that Melrose KinderCare was a special place when we first visited it. We were debating whether to hire a nanny or find a daycare, when we toured Melrose KinderCare and were so impressed with the warm, inviting environment, friendly and approachable staff, and beautiful outdoor spaces. We immediately knew that this was the right place for us. Now, over 2 years later, we can earnestly say that there is no better place we could have sent our son. He is loved and nurtured by every staff member. He has great friends whom he has grown up with at every stage and milestone. The older kids in his classes help him to strive to new skills like standing, walking, eating, talking, and continue to motivate him to further developments. The younger children allow him to learn how to care for others and give him leadership skills. We are so proud of who he is—in large part due to the impact Melrose KinderCare has had on his life. We recommend it highly!”

- Mother
The Melrose Kindercare is an incredible place. Both my son and I were immediately comforted when we first walked through the doors to take a tour of the center...he couldn't wait to go back! All of the staff are friendly and knowledgeable, making everyone feel like old friends. The teachers are amazingly talented and caring. I feel at ease every day knowing my son is getting the best care and thoughtfully planned out education he could possibly receive. He's grown so much, socially, emotionally and academically, and I owe it to Melrose Kindercare!
- Mother
There isn't a day that goes by that we regret our decision to send our daughter to the Melrose KinderCare or to keep her there vs. moving her to Stoneham when we bought our new house. She is having a great experience there & every teacher she has had, while different, has been awesome with her & great with us. Not only is she in a loving & nurturing environment, but she is also receiving a jump start on her education with the different lessons she & her classmates receive each week. Recently my sister, who is an elementary school math teacher, said that she was impressed that our daughter (who is not yet 3) is beginning to show one-to-one correspondence skills. She indicated that she has some students who still struggle with this skill. While we also work at home with her we fell the early education she receives at KinderCare is also providing a strong foundation for her development & future success.
There are some days that she doesn't want to come home with me when I pick her up - to me that is a sign that she is receiving great care, is comfortable & just enjoys her day. As a parent I can't ask for anything more.
I hope we show our appreciation, but sometimes in this crazy busy world we live in it doesn't always come through. So - thank you to all the teachers in Melrose who are wonderful with our daughter.
- Mother
Kindercare in Melrose is such a welcoming facility. As a mother of two, this is my first experience in early education. We wanted to enroll our son in a program that could provide him with a foundation for learning as well as a social environment to make friends. I can honestly say the staff here at Kindercare has gone above and beyond my expectations to make this happen. My son has made many friends, has good relationships with his teachers and the office staff has always made me feel comfortable about dropping him off. The school is very clean and this is no small feat when children are involved. If you are considering a preschool for your child, look no further than Kindercare (Melrose).
- Mother
Our son is bright, energetic and well, let's just say he's assertive! In the time our son has been at Kindercare, the teachers and staff have been wonderful. Their kindness and caring has been a great comfort and we drop him off every day in the knowledge that he will be looked after with patience and understanding. The staff are dedicated and have never missed a beat; managing through terrible winters and traumatic local events with a calmness and professionalism that is to be admired and provides great peace of mind. Our son will be moving on to elementary school soon and it will be very difficult to say goodbye to our extended, Kindercare family; and impossible to adequately convey our gratitude for the love and support they have provided to our family.

- Mother

I have nothing but praise for Melrose Kindercare. I needed to start my daughter in a full-time daycare program immediately after my 90 days of maternity leave ended - so she started going to the Melrose Kindercare when she was only 3 months-old. I honestly wasn't sure if I was capable of leaving my only child in anyone else's hands and considered quitting my job to stay home with her. The teachers in the infant room are so warm, nurturing, supportive, and knowledgable I ended up feeling that my daughter was in better hands while at daycare than she was at home with me! My daughter has been going to the Melrose Kindercare for 20 months now and still gets to see (and give big hugs to) the same teachers that have been taking care of her since her first day. Of course I also appreciate that the Melrose Kindercare is clean, safe, and provides my daughter with opportunities to learn new skills on a daily basis - but as a mother, I'm most appreciative of her loving teachers.

- Mother

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