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Davis Square KinderCare

Terri Hernandez, Center Director

18 Holland St. #48 Somerville MA 02144
(617) 666-9007 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
In Davis Square, near the Red Line T-Stop

Neighborhood:
Davis Square

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
None

Come see what makes our center so special! We would love to schedule a tour with you today!

Welcome

Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!!

Terri Hernandez, Center Director

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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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

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

Teachers & Staff

Here at Davis Square KinderCare, our staff are dedicated to providing top notch quality care. By focusing on social, emotional, cognitive and physical development, your child is getting a well-rounded education. We work hard to maintain a safe, happy and stimulating environment. Enjoy meeting them!

  • Terri Hernandez

    Terri Hernandez, Center Director

    I love having the opportunity to be able to work with each and every family, new and old, that walks through the door, and the chance to get to know each one.

    Terri Hernandez started with Kinder Care in March of 2001. She has experience as a teacher, a program specialist, and assitant director with KinderCare. As the director, she enjoys having the opportunity to support all the wonderful children, parents, and teachers. She also enjoys being to able to provide the best educational experience here at KinderCare. Terri has been working in the field for 20 years and looks forward to working with children and helping them develop into caring and contributing members of the community. 

    Year Started:
    3/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate (CDA Certificate)
  • Ms. Arlin

    Ms. Arlin, Floater

    Every child is a different kind of flower that makes the world a beautiful garden!

    Arlin is a floating teacher at the center. She has been with us since February 2014. When Arlin is not at KinderCare she dedicates her time to her local church's proram where she works with children aged 2-4 years old. Arlin hopes to become a certified teacher in the near future!

    Year Started:
    2/3/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Joyce

    Ms. Joyce, Infants

    I love to see children learn and grow. Seeing smiling faces and getting warm hugs.

    Joyce has been with the KinderCare family for two years now. She is EEC Certified through the state of Massachusetts. Prior to working at KinderCare Joyce worked with school aged children. Joyce really enjoys caring for the infant children and loves to watch them learn and play. In her spare time Joyce enjoys shopping, hanging out with friends, and dancing.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked for the YMCA for nine years
    Year Started:
    9/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Two years
    Education:
    Certified in EEC
  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, Infants

    I enjoy working with Infants. I love coming into the classroom and seeing them smiling at me. It makes my day. Each day I come to work and learn something new!

    Ms. Liz joined the KinderCare family in 2007. She currently helps care for the children in the Infant Classroom. She has been in the childcare field for the last sixteen years. Ms. Liz enjoys spending time with her two children, Remy and Gavin. She also enjoys shopping and watching television.

    Year Started:
    11/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Teacher Certified
  • Ms. Rosa

    Ms. Rosa, Infants

    It feels nice to be nice!

    Ms. Rosa has worked with children of all ages. She enjoys working with infants in particular. She believes nurturing at the beginning stages is important and loves being a part of that. Ms. Rosa spends most of her spare time with her husband Bill and nine year old son Nathan. She plans to ease her way back into college classes in the near future.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rosa worked as a home child care teacher prior to joining the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Teacher Certification
  • Ms. Jill

    Ms. Jill, Toddler

    I love being an important role model in a child's life. I love making an impact in their lives.

    Jill graduated with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bunker Hill Community College and has been a certified teacher for over 6 years. In her spare time, Jill loves to spend time with her fiance, family and friends by watching movies.

    Year Started:
    9/24/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Pat

    Ms. Pat, Toddler

    I love children of all ages and enjoy watching them grow and learn.

    Ms. Pat just started with the infant and toddlers as a teachers assistant Jan. 31, 2014. Ms. Pat babysits on the weekends for a little boy who is seven.

    Previous Experience:
    Before working in early childhood education Pat was a graphic designer in Educational Publishing.
    Year Started:
    1/31/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors and Masters Degree in Graphic Design
  • Ms. Ruth

    Ms. Ruth, Toddlers

    I love working with children. They are my inspiration every day.

    Ruth enjoys working with all age groups. She recently spent lots of time working with the infant children. Ruth has two daughters of her own named Marta and Deseree and a son named William. She also has three grandchildren that keep her feeling young. Ruth loves to spend time with her family when she is not working. She hopes to someday open her own business!

    Previous Experience:
    Previously a director at a Brighton day care
    Year Started:
    9/17/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Lead teacher infant, toddler and preschool
  • Ms. Juanita

    Ms. Juanita, Infants

    Children teach us just as much as we teach them.

    Ms. Juanita has been working at KinderCare since June 2013. She worked at the Malden YMCA for 5 years previously with children aged five to nine years. She had a daughter in 2009 who is now four years old. Ms. Juanita went to school to study to become a medical assistant, but decided that her heart wanted to work with children again.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Juanita has previously been involved with the YMCA and its programs prior to joining the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Assistant Teacher
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Toddlers

    Something new should be taught each day!

    Ms. Ashley has been with KinderCare for five years. She left briefly after having her son, but returned shortly after. Not long after returning, she signed up for an early education course is now teacher certified by ECE. Ms. Ashley is very family oriented and believes in family values. She loves to watch the children learn new things and see how they react with excitement.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley has previously been involved with the Big Sister Program prior to joining the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Teacher Certified
  • Ms. Ruth

    Ms. Ruth, Toddlers

    Don't underestimate the power of a teacher.

    Ms. Ruth has worked with Infant and Toddler aged children. She found that working with toddlers keeps her busy, but she enjoys being there to see their growth. Ms. Ruth has two daughters, Sasha and Jazmyn. She loves cooking and trying foods of all cultures. In her spare time, Ms. Ruth enjoying coloring and styling hair, and creating custom designs for nails.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Teacher Certified

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. 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.

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

About Our 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 through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day<br /> President's Day (for Professional Development Training)<br /> Memorial Day<br /> Independence Day<br /> Columbus Day (for Professional Development Training)<br /> Thanksgiving Day<br /> Day after Thanksgiving<br /> Christmas Day<br /> &nbsp;

Health and Safety

Your child's safety is of the utmost concern. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

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