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Needham Heights KinderCare

Stephanie \ Blakeman, Center Director

1000 Highland Ave. Needham MA 02494
(781) 449-0774 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
at Highland Ave & Mellen St

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Broad Meadow, Elliott, Hillside, Mitchell, Newman, St. Joes

Our school is proud to host several opportunities for families to gather together with faculty members and share both pertinent information, as well as the day to day stories that creatively unfold here at school. We are happy to share family references and invite interested families to come and spend time in our programs prior to enrollment. We truly desire for this to be your child's home away from home.

Welcome

Here at KinderCare in Needham we consistently strive to not only meet the needs of our families, but also exceed those needs. We believe that each day we are provided opportunities to play a positive role in the life of a child, and we embrace that opportunity for the honor that it is. As team of early education specialists we value each and every opportunity to encourage questions, foster children’s development and encourage laughter. We believe that a whole child is a happy child.

Stephanie \ Blakeman, Center Director

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Accreditation

  • NAEYC Self Study

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.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

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.

Soccer Shots

Teachers & Staff

Our team of educators walks through the door each morning with a renewed energy and desire to love and educate children. Collectively, our educators understand what it means to "have a good day at school" and do everything in their power to ensure that their children have just that. While we each come from different schools of knowledge, and bring a variety of experiences to the table, our love and passion for teaching is what truly unites us together. The phrase, "It takes a village to raise a child" is not only embraced here in Needham, it's lived by daily. We welcome you to come and spend time getting to know us, you will be glad you did.

  • Stephanie \ Blakeman, Center Director

     'While we try and teach children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about'

    Stephanie brings classroom and administrative experience to the center. She joined the KinderCare family in January 2007. Her two Associate's Degrees in Deaf Studies and Early Childhood Education allow her to connect with the children and their parents. Her background in management and customer service at Sterling Jewelers allows her to to connect with her staff, helping create a nurturing and educational environment at the center. Her favorite part about being Center Director is when she is able to spend time in the classrooms getting to know and working with the children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where The Wild Things Are"
    Year Started:
    1/17/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+ Years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Early Education
  • Tiffany Mitchell

    Tiffany Mitchell, Assistant Director

    Year Started:
    2/23/1998
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+ Years
  • Ms. Elizabeth Mannion, Preschool Program Specialist

    Year Started:
    9/15/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    15+ Years
  • Ms. Beth DaSilva, Infant Program Specialist

    Year Started:
    10/27/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
  • Ms. Margarita

    Ms. Margarita, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I look forward to each day watching children explore their surroundings, learn and grow and become part of their family.

    Ms. Margarita joined our KinderCare family in 2004. She brought with her years of experience, great knowledge of early education and great desire to develop little minds. She knows the importance of creating a strong home to school bond and is always available to her families!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
    Education:
    Lead Teacher Qualified
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Kindergarten Classroom

    I love to be part of the children's Kindergarten experience. It is such a special time as they begin to take their first steps in education.

    Ms. Amy has been a Kindergarten teacher with us for almost eight years. In that time Ms. Amy has dedicated herself to creating a learning atmosphere that stimulates a love of learning in each child. Ms. Amy is well respected by her peers and families. Each September parents can't wait for their child to join Ms. Amy's class!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education

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About Our Center

Hello Parents! Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center . We are so excited that you are inquiring about care for your child. We are well aware that your child comes first and we are here to meet the needs of both you and your family. Our well trained staff attends meetings and seminars all year-round to stay up to date in learning how to properly care for children. We offer programs for children starting at 6 weeks old up to the age of 12 years. Every class is designed to accommodate our children to grow academically as well as improve their social and cognitive skills. We are pleased to say that our center strives everyday to ensure our families are satisfied. Please come by and give us a tour, our friendly staff would love to meet you and your family!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish
  • Haitian Creole, Russian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Our school prides itself in minting the highest level of efficiency in regards to health and safety. We proudly offer not one, but two coded door entrances which require families to know two different codes to enter certain portions of our school. Our school playground is completely fenced in and each developmental age group enjoys its own separate play space outdoors. Each member of our team is certified in both First Aid and CPR annually, and medications are administered with written physician/parental consent by certified trained administrators. The health and safety of your children is our utmost priority and we do all we can to ensure that we meet the highest level of accomplishment in this area.

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.

The entire KinderCare staff was absolutely amazing when it came to assisting me and my daughter with a wonderful transition. Whenever she would cry when it was time for Mommy to leave, an attentive staff member would pick her up and hold her to make her feel comfortable as I moved out of the line of vision. I enjoyed every photo that my daughter brought home with her after school, as well as knowing that my daughter was receiving a healthy snack and a wonderful education provided by a fantastic team of people. KinderCare is a wonderful, safe, friendly, and helpful center. I would recommend this center to anyone in need of exceptional childcare.

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