Janel DeBenedetto, Center Director
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Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center in Peabody! We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at Peabody KinderCare, our parent's consider us to be an extension of their families. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children. We look forward to meeting your family, and having you join ours.
Janel DeBenedetto, 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.
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.
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.
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.
The teachers and staff at Peabody KinderCare Learning Center are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average tenure of eight years at our center and an average of fifteen years in the early childhood education field. The majority of our teachers have their Bachelor's Degree, Associate's Degree, and many have earned their Childhood Development Associate's credential (CDA). The Peabody KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from bi-annual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.
In January 2010, Janel moved to the Peabody KinderCare as the Center Director. Janel has two beautiful daughters that both started at KinderCare when they were just six weeks old. When her oldest daughter began speaking, she would refer to KinderCare as her “home;” every morning she would excitedly ask if she was 'going home today.' She graduated from all of KinderCare’s programs and joined “Big Girl” school in fall 2012. Her youngest daughter is in the center's Pre-Kindergarten program. Janel is always excited to share with parents that she has had the opportunity to experience the center as both an educator and a parent! Janel enjoys supporting all the children, parents, and teachers here at the center to provide the best educational experience for all.
Courtney began her career at the North Billerica KinderCare Learning Center. She knew immediately that she had found her calling; working with children and families. She majored in Early Childhood Education and became Lead Teacher qualified and took over the Pre-Kindergarten classroom. In early 2014, she had the opportunity to grow within the company. She moved to Peabody KinderCare in the Assistant Director role.
Courtney feels entirely fortunate to have found a path in life that has allowed her to see the magic and wonder that is childhood. She had the special opportunity to raise her daughter, Delanie, at KinderCare with her. She watched firsthand, her daughter's love for learning flourish. She credits much of Delanie's academic success to the foundation that was built at KinderCare. She is commited to excellence, and feels fortunate to to work with the amazing team of NAEYC accredited educators in Peabody KinderCare.
Jena's time and experiences at KinderCare Learning Centers has given her life-long friendships and relationships with not only her peers, but the children and families. Her passion for curriculum, and the development of both children and teachers, has given her the opportunity to excel in the Assistant Director role at Peabody KinderCare.
Jena relocated to the North Shore and through her connections at the Weymouth center, she was able to return to KinderCare Learning Center in Peabody in the Assistant Director role. Her son, Jason, was born in the Fall of 2014. She feels very fortunate that her son is able to come to work with her where she can watch him learn, grow, and build lasting relationships. Jena is very excited to meet you and be a part of your family's lives.
Miss Ann Marie's favorite part about teaching is touching the lives of countless children and families. Ann Marie splits her time between working at Peabody High School and KinderCare. She enjoys working with "big kids" during the day, and rocking the babies to sleep in the afternoon.
Ann Marie has two grown children. She is the proud grandmother of two; both are graduates of KinderCare!
Miss Ellen laughs and smiles every time she walks into the room! She thrives on seeing that the babies are happy and excited to see her! She loves holding and snuggling each baby each day.
Miss Ellen has two grown children, and one grandson. Her grandson is a Peabody KinderCare alumni!
Miss Kathryn loves seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter of her classroom. She is inspired to come to work each day by knowing that she can make a difference in a child's life.
Kathryn is enrolled at Salem State University as an Early Childhood Education major.
Miss Sandy loves that a soft voice, or a gentle hug can make everything better! Sandy also works at Peabody High School during the day. She says that spending the afternoons with the babies is the best way to end her day.
Miss Sandy is the proud mother of three grown children. Sandy is expected her first grandchild this year!
Miss Nicole joined our Two-Year-Old team this year. Miss Nicole can often be found on the floor very involved with the children and the curriculum activities!
Miss Nicole has a three year old daughter enrolled in our Preschool program.
Miss Faye D. has been a fixture in our Toddler and Two-Year old programs since she began her career with KinderCare. She loves watching the children grow, and enjoys coming to work each day to listen to the children laugh and watch them smile.
Miss Faye has two sons of her own. She is known throughout the enter as the "Potty-Training Guru." About 80% of her classroom is fully trained before moving up to Preschool!
Shasa's favorite part of teaching is seeing the excitement on a child's face when they learn something new! She is inspired by knowing that she is making a difference in the lives of children. It motivates Shasa to teach the children skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.
Miss Shasa has the innate ability to form long-lasting relationships with children and families. A day rarely passes by that children do not seek out Miss Shasa to say good-bye!
Miss Dee claims to be a three-year-old at heart. She always says, "What better place to be!" You will find Miss Dee's classroom to always be busy, messy, and happy! Her classroom is highly engaging, and the children have the opportunity for hands-on learning. They are perfecting their writing skills, phonetics, and math. Science and sensory are always a focus in Miss Dee's curriculum.
Miss Dee is a the proud mommy of two "fur-babies." Monty and Victor attend Doggy-Daycare right across the street!
Miss Waverly joined our Junior Kindergarten class this year. She has a ton of fun settling into the "big-kid class!" Miss Waverly will often be found sitting at the tables with the children engaged in small group activities, whether it's art, math, or writing.
Miss Helen joined our preschool and pre-kindergarten teams while completing her college practicum. Miss Helen strives to provide the best experience for children, and loves building a partnership with the children's family. She is inspired to come to work each day because of the children. They bring her so much joy, and she finds that she is constantly learning through them!
Miss Faye has experience working with children of all ages. She spent her earlier career in our Pre-Kindergarten side, but finds the two-year olds a very special group! Faye strives to provide a safe, loving environment in which children will develop and grow. She says, "children's smiles are contagious!"
Miss Faye has one son. He began his freshman year of college in Florida in the fall. She enjoys visiting the warm climate frequently!
Miss Jacki has had the pleasure of working with many of the classrooms in our center. After spending her earlier years in Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten, Jacki joined our Two-Year old team in 2012. She enjoys providing a variety of ways for children to learn, discover, and explore.
Jackie finds the children's excitement to be inspiring. She says that their happy faces are the best way to start a brand new day!
Miss Kelli began her career in Early Childhood Education after serving in the United States Marine Corp and graduating from Salem State University. Kelli enjoys watching the progression of learning and the way children develop through structured activity. Watching the children be happy, grow, and develop into individuals is what inspires Kelli each day.
Kelli is the proud mom of a four year old, and is expecting her second child in 2015. Christine is currently enrolled in Miss Dee's Junior Kindergarten classroom.
Miss Samantha joined our team after relocating to Massachusetts. The best part of her day is to simply be with the kids. No two days are ever the same! She loves being able to help them each day grow into their unique personalities.
Miss Diane joined our center following a career at St. John's Preparatory School in Peabody. She says that cooking here is a walk in the park compared to the 1,000 students that came through her cafeteria! Miss Diane loves to cook. She makes recipes fun and exciting for the children. With cool names like "Cowboy Beans," who doesn't want to take a taste!
Miss Diane has three grown sons. She says her favorite part of working at KinderCare is cooking for her "100 grandchildren!"
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.
At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. Visitors are able to access our lobby through our front door. Our security door has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to access the classrooms. Otherwise, a door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a Center staff member. At Peabody KinderCare, we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. This role includes conducting monthly emergency fire drills, ensuring that all staff’s first aid and CPR certificates are up to date, and maintaining high cleanliness standards.
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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