Antonietta Dean, Center Director
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Here at North Andover KinderCare every day is full of meaningful learning and exciting activities! Children delight in purposeful projects while developing social skills and learning through play. Our children, parents and teachers agree that this is a wonderful place to be! Our teachers and staff work hard to ensure a positive and interactive learning environment every day. We have extensive health and safety procedures and policies to ensure the well being of the children at all times. 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 through out the year. Our number one priority is the safety and education of the children that our parents trust us with everyday.
Antonietta Dean, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At North Andover KinderCare, our number one priority is the care and education of children. All the teachers work together as a team to provide a safe and positive learning experience everyday. Our staff strive to encourage every child's unique learning style as well as nurture their social and emotional development. While academics play a role in development, we believe there are many other opportunities for enhancing the whole child.
The smiles on the children's faces when they learn something new is what motivates me to truly take pride in my staff an helping them grow into the best teachers they could be.
Antonietta has been with KinderCare Learning Center since 2009. In 2009, Beth graduated from Salem State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Shortly after Antonietta became the Kindergarten teacher at the Peabody KinderCare. In 20012, Antonietta was promoted to Assistant Director, and then Center Director in 2015. Antonietta feels very blessed to work with such amazing educators and to have the opportunity to watch these children grow.
Every day is a new adventure and no two days are alike. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child's face light up when they see you or learn something new. It is fun to watch them grow.
Pat has been associated with the North Andover center since 1984. Both of her children attended the center throughout their toddler and preschool years. She started as a parent volunteer and soon after, became a substitute teacher in various classrooms. Pat was a part of the grassroots organization called "The Early Childhood Exchange". This group was the first American Delegation to travel and tour childcare centers in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Upon returning, the group wrote a chapter in "The Hundred Languages of Children" about how they used their experiences in their own centers. Over the years, Pat has continued her education and became a teacher in all of the age groups. Before becoming the Assistant Director in 2000, she spent four years working in the infant classroom.
I find it very rewarding playing such an important role in the successful, happy development of all of the babies in my care. They need love, respect, nurturing and fun, and I make sure each child has that every day.
Ms. Linda has been with KinderCare Learning Center since 1995. She has worked as a toddler teacher and an infant teacher. Each day, she loves to watch the development of all of the children in her classroom. Ms. Linda seamlessly works with each of the individual families in her care. She is very in tune to each of the family's needs and successfully makes her classroom a warm and inviting place for all of the children and their families.
I love seeing the children's faces light up when they experience or learn something new for the first time. I also enjoy watching the infants grow and mature into Toddlers. Seeing their progress from tiny Infants to walking Toddlers is a lot of fun.
Ms. Ruth was with KinderCare Learning Center from 1996-2002 and then returned in 2008. She has worked primarily with the infants and toddlers. The children light up when they see "Ms. Ruthie" walk into the classroom. Her kind, caring and nurturing demeanor make her a natural caregiver to all of the children. She loves working with all of the children in the center!
I love watching the children grow and develop. It is an honor to be a part of their learning!
Ms. Courntey is a graduate of Salem State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Education.. Before working at KinderCare Learning Center in North Andover, Ms. Courtney worked at the YMCA. Ms. Courntey finds working with young children to be very rewarding. She loves watching the Toddler aged children grow into inquisitive Preschoolers!
I love the children, every day is unique and there is always something new that happens.
Ms. Hilde has been at the North Andover KinderCare Learning Center since 2002 and teaches in the discovery preschool classroom. Her daughter was also in the Preschool classroom when she began her career here. Ms. Hilde loves talking with the children and learning with them. Each day, Ms. Hilde teaches the children counting, the alphabet and colors in German. She loves watching them grow and seeing their little personalities bloom.
I love to hear, 'Look Ms. Alicia, I did it!' and to see the children's proud little faces light up with excitement.
Ms. Alicia has been a Preschool Teacher at KinderCare Learning Center since March of 2008. She enjoys teaching and watching each child grow into their own little person. Ms. Alicia has been in the field professionally since 2007. She is currently furthering her education to obtain her Bachelor's Degree. Ms. Alicia loves teaching to all of the unique personalities of each of the children in her classroom!
Learning and teaching comes hand in hand. The best teachers teach and learn from what they teach. Children inspire and grow minute by minute. Each day is different from day to day.
Ms. Kristin has been a preschool teacher at the North Andover KinderCare Learning Center since April 2011. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education accompanied by Infant and Toddler Teacher Certification. She has been in the education field for the last 10 years. Ms. Kristin began her career as head camp counselor for an after school and summer camp program at Pleasant valley SACC in Methuen, Massachusetts for three years. After gaining experience, Ms. Kristin became a Program Assistant for Pleasant Valley SACC for four years. She loves working with preschool age children, each day is always new and exciting.
I love watching the children each day as they grow, learn and discover new and exciting things.
Ms. Jean has been with KinderCare since December 2001. During this time, she has had the opportunity to work with children ranging from toddlers through prekindergarten. Ms. Jean is passionate about teaching children. She enjoys watching each child learn a new concept and seeing how excited they get. While teaching in her classroom, she loves to change the "look" of the room. Over the course of the year, Ms. Jean has had an ocean, a castle, a farm stand, and many other exciting transformations occur in her dramatic play area. She loves seeing how excited the children are to learn each day!
Ms. Jenn has been working as the kindergarten teacher at the North Andover KinderCare since October 2011 and greatly enjoys being able to work within a 1:10 ratio in order to tailor teaching to each child. She has been in the field professionally since 2009, working with various age groups and abilities. Prior to her graduation from Wheelock College, she spent several semesters supplementing course work with student teaching in classrooms ranging from infants to 2nd grade. Ms. Jenn is currently enrolled in a Master's program and is excited to further her education.
I love the "light bulb moment" when something I'm teaching clicks and I see the children understand and use it.
Ms. Grace started working at KinderCare Learning Center in 2007. Although she spends time in all of the classrooms, she mostly works as the Learning Adventures teacher. She teaches Math, Phonics, Music, Spanish, and Cooking. In 2009, Ms. Grace became teacher certified through Ellies College and she is still pursing her degree in Education. Ms. Grace likes to cater her teaching style to all of the children's unique learning styles. Her classroom is always filled with smiling faces!
I love watching the children learn and grow! It is fun to see them develop and mature over time and I look forward to seeing their happy faces every morning when I come in!
Ms. Chloe is currently studying at Wheaton College, and loves working with children. She enjoys playing with each of them and helping them learn and grow! She truly loves being around young children. Ms. Chloe looks forward to seeing each child every day and loves to read, sing and doing arts and crafts with them.
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 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.
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Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center on Chickering Road in North Andover, Massachusetts. At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. We are proud to offer expertly designed programs for children that meet their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs. We maintain a rigorous standard for the safety and well-being for your child through daily sign-in to strict parent/guardian identification and single keypad access. Our team of child development experts offers a fun and stimulating environment for our children and brings a true passion for educating and nurturing children to our center each and every day. We look forward to a visit with you and your child and are honored that you are considering KinderCare Learning 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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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