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Meritor Academy North Andover

Vanessa Torres, Center Director

860 Turnpike St. North Andover MA 01845
(978) 794-0616 Contact this center

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 8 YEARS

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Special Instructions:
"On Route 114 close to Super Stop and Shop"

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Meritor Academy offers bus service to surrounding schools for before and after care!

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Welcome to Meritor Academy! Our goal is to partner with you and give your child the best possible start in education. Together we will teach your child to learn, to lead and to succeed. As a private school with a strong commitment to children and their families, we offer a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment that helps children achieve their fullest potential. Our blending of new technology and the back-to-the basics curriculum establishes a strong foundation. Our teachers are dedicated early-childhood educators who are excited about teaching. Our mission is to provide a high quality education that fosters excellence in academic learning, establishes strong character, and develops attitudes and skills essential for life success.

Vanessa Torres, 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.

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.

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.


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.

Creative Arts Adventures

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

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

Teachers & Staff

As the largest privately owned, early childhood education and care provider in the country, we're pioneering the practice of developing the whole child- of giving each child the skills he or she needs to excel socially, emotionally, physically and most importantly, intellectually.

  • Vanessa Torres

    Vanessa Torres, Center Director

    Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. -Anatole France

    Accomplishing a degree in Early Childhood Education with Child Development specialization, I developed intensive knowledge of child development principles including language, cognitive and physical and social-emotional domains. My career experience includes designing and delivering assessment-driven standard-based curriculum and instruction. I apply my knowledge and skills to succesfully work with diverse students, families and employees everyday. I strive to provide professional attitude, values and beliefs that support every child's learning and development.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Associate of Applied Science in Childhood Education specializing in Child Development
  • Jill Sparks

    Jill Sparks, Assistant Director

    Favorite Thing About Teaching:
    Being a part of a little person’s life to facilitate development, share in amazing successes and to be loved by a big heart!

    Biggest Adventure:
    Becoming a Mom to my husband’s 2 children, who are teenagers now!!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I’ll Love You Forever"
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Holly Lalami

    Holly Lalami, Infants

    Favorite Thing About Teaching:
    I love caring for infants! It’s amazing seeing them explore everything for the first time!

    Biggest Adventure:
    Becoming a Mom!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear"
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Mr. Anothony

    Mr. Anothony, Preschool

    Reliable and enthusiastic individual who enjoys a challenging position that can contribute my skills and knowledge that benefits not only myself but most importantly, my classroom and my entire work environment.

    Previous Experience:
    2012-2014- Preschool Teacher, Woborn, MA 2014-2016- Program Assistant with special needs; Marsh Grammer School, Methuen, MA
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    MA state certifed in Early Childhood Education
  • Amanda Addison

    Amanda Addison, Discovery Preschool

    Favorite Thing About Teaching:
    Getting to know all the families and their children!  I really love building partnerships with the families to help their children grow. I'm super fun and energetic and I have cool color hair which the kids love!
    Biggest Adventure:
    Moving out of my home town to my new one.  Starting a new job to gain new experience.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Giving Tree"
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Jessie Donovan

    Jessie Donovan, Discovery Preschool

    I love working in the early education field! It's so rewarding to see a child smile when they learn something new. I love working with little ones because we as adults can learn from them as well. I love how they are adventurous!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Winnie The Pooh"
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Jessica Lombardo

    Jessica Lombardo, Preschool

    Favorite Thing About Teaching:
    Seeing all of the smiles on the kids’ faces!  I love teaching them everyday and helping them grow and learn!
    Biggest Adventure:
    Moving from Connecticut to North Andover.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
  • Kelly Corbett

    Kelly Corbett, Pre-Kindergarten

    Favorite Thing About Teaching:
    Providing creative and educational learning experiences that spark each of the children’s interest in all area of development.

    Biggest Adventure:
    Exploring the western states on a class camping trip.  Completing my Early Childhood Education degree.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where The Wild Things Are"
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

About Our Center

Let Us Prove the Power of Early Learning!

Welcome to Meritor Academy, where passionate educators nurture greatness: in children, in communities, and in one another. We are believers in children and visionaries for America’s future, united on a mission to give every child a strong start.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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

At Meritor Academy your child's health and safety is one of our top priorities. All of our doors leading to the outside are locked as well as the playground gates. Our front door of the building has a coded entry that authorized family members are given upon enrollment. Otherwise there is a door bell for visitor and guests and they will be greeted by a staff member. We also have a Health and Safety coordinator. The duties of this person include conducting fire and disaster drills, ensuring all staff is current in first aid and CPR and maintaining high cleanliness standards.

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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I felt comfortable from the first time I entered The Meritor for a tour. It was warm and inviting. Vanessa was very informative and confident in the education my daughter would be receiving. From day one my daughter fell in love with the teachers. She looked forward to going each day. What I love is that the school provides extra fun learning activities in addition to their regular daily curriculum. Some of the activities allow for the parents to be involved which is a plus for me. So far I have seen nothing but patience and a love for teaching from all the teachers.
It's been only a few months but I can already see a difference in my daughter's speech, behavior and confidence in herself.

- Mother

We are a huge fan of Meritor. Teachers are wonderful, loving and very welcoming. Very clean and organized. They Offer healthy lunches and snacks. Very open to Flexibility with our schedule and very affordable! This is our second round with child number 2 and wouldn't go anywhere else. Very excited to hear they have just opened a nursery!!

- Mother

We have recently moved to North Andover and we are very lucky that we found Meritor Academy. Our 4 year old has plenty to do and is always striving to do better each day. He is very bright and is allowed to use all of his knowledge and work to improve in each area. It doesn't matter if it is math, sciences, reading, writing or arts, he has something new to show us each day. His fellow classmates are loving and fun, and he has made some great friends. The staff, from management through teachers, is outstanding, not only with the children, but the parents too. Our daily sheet keeps us abreast of the happenings of the day and their meals. This allows us to have great conversations on what they did, and helps us reinforce the lessons he learned that day. They have many great family activities which keeps us all involved in this school and we are becoming great friends with many of the parents. Lunches and snacks are delicious and very nutritious and they are always on the lookout for the safety and security of all children. We made a great choice to come to Meritor, our son will be more than ready for Pre-K because of this place.

- Father

Ben's teachers said that he is working in some areas at the first grade level and that he is more advanced than most of his peers. I take that not only as a compliment, but also the great job his teachers do everyday with all the children

- Mother

The teachers have helped my child to gain confidence and learn how to interact positively with peers and adults. She loves to come home and tell me about the books she reads and the songs she sings. The staff cares for my daughter like she is one of theirs. They know her favorite color, her favorite snack and what makes her laugh. They know how to cheer her up when she is in a funk!

- Mother

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