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Meritor Academy North Andover

Carolynne Goddard, 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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Meritor Academy offers bus service to surrounding schools for before and after care!

Welcome

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.

Carolynne Goddard, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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

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.

Creative Arts Adventures

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.

  • Carolynne Goddard

    Carolynne Goddard, Center Director

    I feel like I have been in a classroom my entire life. My mother was a teacher and Director, and my after-school hours as a child were often spent in an early childhood education classroom. It was very natural for me to take up this profession when I went to college as it had always been a part of who I was growing up. I have a love of reading and language which is why my minor was in Spanish and I taught myself some American Sign Language - not enough to be fluent, but it was a hobby that I can now share with young children. I have always found myself to be creative and enjoy creating curriculum and activities for other children to do and now as a Director, I can share that knowledge and love of creating with new teachers. My goal is to create an environment where children can be loved and nurtured and their natural interest and awe of the world can be safely cultivated to create a solid foundation for early learning and a love of learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Carolynne was previously a Director, Assistant Director, and classroom teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

    Year Started:
    6/27/1997
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education/General Special Education/Interdisciplinary Spanish
  • Jill Sparks

    Jill Sparks, Assistant Director

    Ms. Jill's favorite part about teaching is being a part of a little person’s life to facilitate development, share in amazing successes and to be loved by a big heart! Her biggest adventure has been becoming a mom to her husband’s two children, who are teenagers now!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    I’ll Love You Forever

    Year Started:
    1/25/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
  • Mr. Anothony

    Mr. Anothony, Preschool Classroom

    Reliable and enthusiastic individual who enjoys a challenging position that can contribute his skills and knowledge that benefits not only himself but most importantly, his classroom and 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:
    2/29/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    MA state certifed in Early Childhood Education
  • Jessie Donovan

    Jessie Donovan, Discovery Preschool Classroom

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

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Winnie The Pooh

    Year Started:
    7/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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

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

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

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

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

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
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