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Merrimack KinderCare

Michelle (Micki) Lowe, Center Director

4 Continental Blvd. Merrimack NH 03054
(603) 423-9779 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
near Burger King off Everett Turnpike exit #11

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
No bus. Center has in house and off site field trips during Summer Camp

At Merrimack KinderCare our teachers are dedicated professionals who are passionate about providing excellent care and learning opportunities for the children in our care. Give us a call today to schedule a tour for the opportunity to experience our curriculum and to meet our amazing teachers and center support staff. We look forward to meeting you!

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Welcome

We have a staff of amazing teachers who are all very experienced in the Early Childhood profession. All of our teachers either have a Child Developmental Associate's Credential, an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education or a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Education or another relevant field. We are proud to be accredited by NAEYC (National Association of Education of Young Children). Our center is conveniently located right off of Route 3 (across from the Shaw's plaza). We would love to have your child join our KinderCare family! Stop by any time and see why we are the best place for your child to learn and grow!

Michelle (Micki) Lowe, Center Director

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Accreditation

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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

Cooking

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.

Math

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.

Music

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.

ABC Music & Me, Sign Language Adventures

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The staff at KinderCare of Merrimack believe that together, with our families, we share the goal of helping children learn and feel successful. School programs like ours include strong parent involvement that makes for effective family and teacher relationships. We are a National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited center and most of our teachers here are education majors. Our teachers range in education from a Child Development Associate, a Bachelor’s Degree or a Master’s Degree. All teachers are CPR certified, and we provide ongoing professional training courses for our staff twice a year. Here at KinderCare, we have an amazing staff that is dedicated to the children, families and the center.

  • Michelle (Micki) Lowe

    Michelle (Micki) Lowe, Center Director

    I feel very lucky to have been a part of so many children's and family's lives in my career. I have many precious and funny memories that I will always carry with me. I am also honored to have worked with and continue to work with such dedicated, loving and talented people. It is very important to me to develop trusting and respectful relationships with the children and families I care for, the people I work with and the community I live in.

    Micki Lowe earned her BA from the University of New Hampshire.  She has been working for KinderCare since 1989.  She was a teacher for many years working with all age groups and then became center Director in June of 2009. For most of these years, she worked at the DW Highway site in Merrimack but she began working as the Center Director at the Continental Drive site in Merrimack in June of 2014.

    Year Started:
    8/9/1989
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with emphasis on Education
  • Dawn Mayo

    Dawn Mayo, Assistant Director

    I look forward to working with you and your children!

    Dawn has decades of experience working in childcare, and has been with KinderCare for over 12 years. Before becoming Assistant Director, she worked as the Center Director for two years, and the Program Specialist for four years. She was also a classroom teacher as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Dawn previously operated a childcare program in her home for 12 years prior to joining the Merrimack KinderCare team.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Rivier College; First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certified
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Infant Classroom

    I am looking forward to working with you and your family.

    Ms. Christine had her own daycare in her home when her children were young, and is excited to be joining the Merrimack KinderCare family. She is married and has two sons named Matt and Nick.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certified
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Amy is a teacher in the infant program. She joined KinderCare in January of 2013 but has been in the Early Childhood field for over 25 years. She is currently enrolled at Granite State University in the Early Childhood program. She is CPR and First Aid certified. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters, reading, and attending her daughters' basketball and softball games.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Pursuing degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Brenna

    Ms. Brenna, Kindergarten Classroom

    I truly enjoy watching children learn and grow. Knowing that I can make a positive impact in a child's life on a daily basis is a great feeling.

    Ms. Brenna has worked at KinderCare for the past two and half years. She received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Nashua Community College. Ms. Brenna is a wonderful teacher and is highly requested my many families moving into the toddler program.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brenna has had experience working with children from ages six weeks to five years old, and also has two daughters of her own.
    Year Started:
    10/26/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Carly

    Ms. Carly, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    My favorite aspect of this job is the children's ability to put a smile on my face no matter what. There is no other job you could go to and be told you are loved and showered with hugs and kisses all day.

    Ms. Carly has taught at KinderCare since December of 2006. During this time she completed her Bachelor's Degree in Human Development at Rivier College. Upon completion of her degree, she became certified in Early Childhood Education and General Special Education in New Hampshire. Ms. Carly is very familiar with our curriculum and teacher expectations in each of our classrooms. She has developed close, meaningful relationships with all students in the center,and she looks forward to coming to work everyday. She is CPR and first aid certified.

    Year Started:
    12/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Development
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Lauren is currently a teacher in the Discovery Preschool program. She joined KinderCare in November of 2012, but has been in the Early Childhood Education field for over 14 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Gordon College and is CPR and First Aid Certified. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, and spending time with her husband.

    Year Started:
    11/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Ealry Childhood Education
  • Ms. Dolly

    Ms. Dolly, Multiple Classrooms

    Ms. Delores, or Ms. Dolly as the children call her, started with KinderCare in 2012. She is part of the preschool and prekindergarten team and has over 24 years of experience working with young children. She is CPR and First Aid certified.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Currently working towards degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    If children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams.

    Ms. Stephanie is our Private Kindergarten Classroom teacher. She has been the third key here at KinderCare for four years. She does an amazing job preparing her students for public school.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie previously taught at a multi-age preschool for five years on an Air Force Base.
    Year Started:
    9/26/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Elementary Education, University of Massachusetts in Amherst; Bachelor's Degree in Communication

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • French
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day
 

Health and Safety

Our school features a key pad entry code to access the classrooms. All three of our playgrounds have locked gates and all staff is CPR and First Aid certified. The management team is medication certified as well. All staff members train annually to maintain their certifications.

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

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

I want to share a quick success story on what an amazing impact KLC and the phonic program is having on little Miss Oriannah these days. Last weekend my Mom, Oriannah & I went for lunch and as we were trying to bide some time and finish our lunch in peace we allowed Oriannah to go thru her diaper bag. Before I know it she was pulling things out of the bag and literally reading the letters off a bottle of sunscreen saying, Mom- this is the letter "D", this is the letter "K", this is the letter "S" these were all letters she had recently learned at Phonics. I think it was one of my proudest parenting moments yet. But not only was I proud of her but I could tell by the overwhelming smile on her face that she was proud of herself- so confident and so happy with herself. What more could a parent want for their child. And just yesterday we went to the library and again I was not asking her "what letter is this" but rather she was proactively telling me what letters she was seeing- "W", "M" and at one point she said I see two "O's"...so now she is not only recognizing letters but also determining when there is more than one. I am truly amazed by how quickly she is learning all her letters of the alphabet. We are definitely on a roll here and there is lots of positive reinforcement going on at home now as well! This is so exciting to see Oriannah learning all of this so quickly and then being able to apply it no matter where she is, very special! Anyway I just wanted you all to know how pleased we are that we have chosen KLC and this program for our little girl. I know we could not have made a better choice!

- Father
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