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Daniel Lucy Way KinderCare

Joanie Dole, Center Director

1 Daniel Lucy Way Newburyport MA 01950
(978) 462-5649 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 7 YEAR-OLDS

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Special Instructions:
off of Storey Ave/Route 113, across from Newburyport Fire Station

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Newburyport School- Public school bus provides transportation

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 Our Center opened in June 2001, and has provided a safe, clean, and nurturing learning environment for children in their most inquisitve years of development. We take pride in the relationships we form with the children and families.This truly is a family environment with everyone invested in our children's future. We have an open door policy and encourage open communication daily through informal meetings, personal notes to families, and parents teacher conferences throughout the year.
Our group of educators will expose the children to wide range of activities that will help promote their physical, cognitive, emotional, and social growth.

Joanie Dole, Center Director

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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.

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


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.


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

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 here at KinderCare on Daniel Lucy Way strive to make our center feel like home by fostering trust in a comfortable, safe, friendly and fun learning environment. This staff is unique in that many teachers have worked for this company for 10+ years. We are also fortunate to have a great combination of staff members who bring their own vibrancy to our programs. We welcome feedback and stress open communication so that families feel informed of and a part of the daily care and development of their child.

  • Joanie Dole

    Joanie Dole, Center Director

    To teach is to touch a life forever.

    Joanie started with KinderCare in 1996. Joanie began her career as a volunteer while she attended Northern Essex Community College and was shortly hired as the Prekindergarten teacher, working her way up the ladder to Director, which she has been for the past nine years. She has three  children, one who currently attends and two who have gone through KinderCare and now have aged out into public school.  Joanie takes great pride in providing the best care for each and every family.

    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Becky Ford

    Becky Ford, Assistant Director

    I am passionate about teaching and enjoy instilling my love for learning in my students.

    Ms. Becky has been with KinderCare Learning Center since September, 2006. She has a Masters degree in Early Childhood education and a wealth of knowledge and experience working with children from infants to first grade. She is passionate about teaching and focuses not only on the quality of care but also the education of each and every child.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Melinda

    Ms. Melinda, Infant Classroom

    I love coming to work everyday knowing that I am making a difference in every child's life in my classroom.

    Ms. Melinda has been employed with KinderCare Learning Center since April of 2008. Ms. Melinda currently teaches the Pre-K class where she loves to provide the children with a variety of different activities. You will always see the children engaged in something new each day.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education and Psychology
  • Ms. Loretta

    Ms. Loretta, Infants Classroom

    I love knowing that I can help children learn and play while keeping them safe and inspiring them to explore the world around them.

    Ms. Loretta has been with KinderCare Learning Center since September, 2002. Ms. Loretta is our infant caregiver who enjoys coming in to work everyday to see the babies in her care. Ms. Loretta's provides a classroom that is safe, fun and nurturing. Every child in her care is cared for like it was one of her own. She is passionate about teaching and helping each child reach their individual milestones.
    Previous Experience:
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Bachelors Child Development
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, Toddler Classroom

    I love the ability to help children achieve their goals in learning and watching them grow.

    Ms. Courtney has been with KinderCare Learning Center since August, 2013. Ms Courtney started her career as a toddler assistant and is now currently the lead teacher in the toddler program. Courtney loves to do art projects with the children and to decorate her room. Each day she strives to make sure her children and co-workers are happy. She always has a amile on her face.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1+ years
    Pursuing CNA
  • Ms. Becca

    Ms. Becca, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    This is the most rewarding job with the most unconventional thank yous.

    Ms. Becca has been at KinderCare since August of 2013. As a member of our team she is always willing to help. Her toddlers always greet her with a big "Hi Becca!" every morning. It is the highlight of her day!

    Previous Experience:
    Becca has previous experience working as a nanny for children of different ages.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    EEC Teacher Certified
  • Ms. Jessie

    Ms. Jessie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love my job because I know that I am going to help, teach, and nurture each child in my care.

    Ms. Jessie has been at KinderCare Learning Center since January, 2005. Although Ms. Jessie has had the opportunity to work with every age group she spends the most of her time in the Infant and Toddler programs. Ms. Jessie enjoys the toddler room and working with all the children. She enjoys their unique personalities and their curiousity to learn. Ms. Jessie always has fun-hands on activities for the children to explore.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Associates in Science and Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Mindy

    Ms. Mindy, Preschool Classroom

    Instead of finding a 100 reasons why not to jump in a puddle…discover the 1 reason why you should.

    Mindy has worked for KinderCare Learning Center since August, 2005. In that time she has had the opportunity to build experiences in all age groups. Mindy is currently working in the infant program which is one of her passions. "Watching and being a part of  babies first year of life is amazing and inspiring." In the classroom you will see a variety of discovery's happening everyday from snuggling, hearing favorite stories and songs, to messy fun with a variety of art experiences. Mindy enjoys offering the babies multiple opportunities for learning. When Mindy is not at KinderCare she enjoys spending time with her two girls and family.

    Previous Experience:
    Infant/Toddler & Preschool Teaching
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    A good teacher, like a good entertainer, first must hold his audiences attention, then he can teach his lesson." John-Henrik Clarke

    Miss Amy has been teaching at kinderCare Learning Center since February of 2016. Prior to KinderCare, Miss Amy has been teaching children in other programs for over 7 years. She enjoys working with all age groups. Miss Amy was inspired by her teachers growing up. She knew early on that she wanted to be a teacher. She loves enhancing her classroom with hands on activities. 

    Previous Experience:
    Amy has previous experience working as an Infant, toddler, and preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Bachelors in ECE, pursuing Masters in ECE
  • Ms. Brooke, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love my job because the children make me smile and laugh. I love to see them grow, develop, and learn

    Brooke has been teaching at KinderCare Learning Center since March 2016. She graduated from Salem State University with her bachelors degree in ECE. Previously she worked at a daycare in Burlington, MA. She loves to take the children outside, sing songs with them, and loves doing science experiments.

    Previous Experience:
    Brooke worked in an in home daycare and was a nanny.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Bachelors Degree
  • Ms. Tracie

    Ms. Tracie, Kindergarten Classroom

    Do the best job you can do and you will succeed.

    Tracie has an associates degree in Early Childhood Education and many years experience working with children. When she was younger she worked babysitting for several families. Throughout college Tracie continued to babysit knowing she loved taking care of children. After college she became a nanny for several years. While watching the children grow up, Tracie made the decision to come to KinderCare. She began in 2001 and has been a part of the KinderCare family ever since. Tracie has worked with all ages from infants through kindergarten.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KCLC, Ms. Tracie has experience with a variety of ages from babysitting and nannying for several families.
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+ Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Emily, Center Support

    I love my job because I enjoy seeing smiling faces everyday

    Emily has been teaching at KinderCare Learning Center since March 2016. She is currently in highschool and joins us in the afternoon. Miss Emily loves to participate in arts and crafts and sing songs with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Emily has previously worked with children babysitting for friends and family.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Madeline, Center Support

    I enjoy working with all the different age groups because everyday is interesting.

    Maddie has been teaching here at KinderCare on daniel Lucy way since April, 2016. She is a center support for all classrooms in the afternoon. Madeline enjoys floating in all the rooms to experience and interact with all the different age groups. Her favorite thing to do in all the classrooms is to support anyone who needs help.  

    Previous Experience:
    Madeline has previous experience babysitting.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Currently in High School
  • Ms. Marlene

    Ms. Marlene, Learning Adventures & Staff Support

    I was inspired by my kindergarten teacher, Miss Elton and my reading teacher, Ms. Lally I love teaching my little friends how to read, learn about cookind, and just to have fun with it.

    Miss Marlene has been working with children for 25+ years. She started her education at the Ripley School in Melrose MA., graduated from Melrose High School in 1984, continued on to Bunker Hill Community College and UMass Boston. Miss Marlene has worked as a School-Age Childcare teacher, a summer camp counselor a kindergarten & school-age coordinator, a preschool & pre-k teacher, and a kindergarten teacher. Miss Marlene is currently teaching our tutorial programs which include, phonics, music and cooking. When Miss Marlene is not teaching her tutorial classes she is busy supporting other staff and their classrooms. Miss Marlene has a fun, loving, and caring approach to teaching.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Bachelor's in Elementary & Associates in Human Services
  • Ms. Marissa

    Ms. Marissa, Support Staff

    I love working with children! I am able to teach them new things and watch them grow and blossom.

    Ms. Marissa has been with KinderCare since June, 2013. Ms. Marissa supports all the teachers and their classrooms. You can see Ms. Marissa teaching the children new games and activities. She loves seeing the creative side of every child.
    Previous Experience:
    Infant/Toddler & Preschool Teacher
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Cortni

    Ms. Cortni, Program Specialist

    I love watching the children learn and grow! Every day is different!

    Cortni has been with KinderCare Learning Center since October, 2011. She started in our Pre-K room where she enjoyed reading stories in an animated voice. Currently, Ms. Cortni is working in our infant program and loves nurturing the little ones. Ms. Cortni is expecting her first baby-boy in April. Cortni holds a bachelors degree in Sociology from Plymouth State University and is continuing her education by currently taking classes in Early Childhood Education.
    Previous Experience:
    Coordinator of Boys & Girls Club
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Bachelors of Arts-Sociology

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve- Closed at 3:00 PM
Christmas Day


Health and Safety

KinderCare Learning Center takes great pride in the safety of those trusted in our care. We provide a very strict rigorous standard for the safety and well-being for your child through daily sign-in to strict parent/guardian identification and single keypad access.

All of our playgrounds provide high-quality playground equipment that is safe, sturdy and tested monthly by our facilities technicians to ensure it is secure and in good working order. We have safe fall zones with soft landing areas if your child takes a tumble. All outside play areas are wrapped in secure fencing.

We have dedicated friendly caregivers who are trained in child development, early-childhood education or a related field. We conduct criminal background checks to ensure trustworthy staff and passionate teachers provide the best care and education for your child. All of our staff and teachers are trained in first aid and CPR.

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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The KinderCare teachers and staff are outstanding. It gives me great comfort to know that my daughter is safe, happy and being cared for by people who are kind and understand children.

- Mother

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