Linda Dunn, Center Director
- Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
Welcome to the Salem KinderCare Learning Center. We are located at 602 Loring Ave on the Salem/Swampscott line near Vinnin Square, next to Pediatric Health Care Associates. Since opening our doors in 1990, we have been educating and caring for children from the age of six weeks until seven years of age. We remain committed to bringing the highest quality early childhood education and care to our children and their families, and we update our programs frequently with some of the most innovative thinking in early childhood development and education.
Children have the opportunity for social play and child-initiated discovery within our designated learning centers such as creative arts, dramatic play, block area and writing center. When looking at our curriculum and learning centers you will see our focus on literacy and writing skills. We have a print rich environment with carefully selected materials, labels, written charts and children’s literature.
Linda Dunn, 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.
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.
If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."
I have had the opportunity to function in many capacities over the years with Knowledge Universe. My most recent position was that of Assistant Director in the Somerville KinderCare Learning Center. I was the assistant there for the past seven years. This role has been both rewarding, and challenging as it has provided me with learning experiences, opportunities to learn and share best practices. I am very excited to work closer to home and expand relations with in the community I reside.
Knowing I can help a family, child or staff member resolve, gain or accomplish a task is a rewarding experience.
Lynne began her adventure in 1988 at the Salem KinderCare. She started as an assistant teacher, moving into a teacher position in 1990. Lynne remained an employee at the Salem center for the next five years. She moved to the Beverly center on a part-time status while trying to balance motherhood. After nine years of staying home raising her four sons, Lynne returned to her KinderCare family in Peabody. She was hired in 2006 as a teacher then promoted to a Learning Adventure teacher then Program Specialist. In 2008, she accepted the Assistant Director position. Ready to complete the full circle cycle, she is currently at the Salem center where her career started.
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.
<strong>Holiday</strong><strong> Closings 2014</strong><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>New Year’s Day</strong><br /> <strong> Jan 1, 2014 </strong><br /> <br /> <strong>President’s Day</strong><br /> <strong>Professional Development Day</strong><br /> <strong>Feb 17, 2014 </strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Memorial Day</strong><br /> <strong>May 26, 2014</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Independence Day</strong><br /> <strong>July 4, 2014</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Labor Day</strong><br /> <strong>September 1, 2014</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Columbus Day</strong><br /> <strong>Professional Development Day</strong><br /> <strong>October 13, 2014</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Thanksgiving Day</strong><br /> <strong>November 27, 2014</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Day after Thanksgiving Day</strong><br /> <strong>November 28, 2014</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Christmas Day</strong><br /> <strong>December 25, 2014</strong><br />
Your child's health and safety is a priority. Our staff are all First Aid and CPR certified. Our building is a locked facility which only authorized personnel have access to the code. Our playgrounds are fenced and secure.
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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