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Davis Square KinderCare

Sandra Valdez, 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

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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!!

Sandra Valdez, 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.

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!

  • Sandra Valdez

    Sandra Valdez, Center Director

    KinderCare was my first experience working with young children. The level of education and care I learned is something that I will take with me wherever I go. I am proud to be a part of the KinderCare family!

    Sandra began her childcare experience at KinderCare as an assistant teacher. As time progressed, she realized this was a career she wanted to pursue. After spending five years as a classroom teacher, Sandra joined the management team. Sandra graduated from Salem State University . She is very excited to meet and care for the children at the center!

    Year Started:
    4/1/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Psychology
  • Melissa Pitari

    Melissa Pitari, Assistant Center Director

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela

     

     

    Melissa has been in the daycare field for over thirteen years.She has worked in every age group from infants to after school.  She is a mother of three children. She has a son that is thirteen, a daughter that is eight and another daughter that is almost three. She is married and resides in Methuen, MA. Melissa is currently enrolled at Northern Essex Community College and is pursuing a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. Melissa is very excited to start a new position as a assistant director and to build a bond with both the children and the parents of the Somerville KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Melissa worked at a privately owned daycare as both a toddler teacher and a preschool teacher for over eight year.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    5/5/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • 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:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Daphne

    Ms. Daphne, Infants

    Im happy I get to see the children learn, play, and grow. It makes me happy.

    Daphne is new to our KinderCare family as of May 2014. ..She studied at UMass Boston while focusing on Child Psychology. Daphne was previously a nanny and has extensive experience in caring for young children. Daphne is most excited to work with young infants to see their growth and development.

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny
    Year Started:
    5/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    UMass Boston
  • 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:
    2 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:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Teacher Certified
  • Ms. Maroline

    Ms. Maroline, Infants

    I enjoy seeing the Toddlers and Infants smiling and laughing. Seeing them having fun at school makes me smile as well!

    Ms. Maroline joined the KinderCare family in July of 2013. She graduated from Mount Ida College, earning her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Early Childhood Education. In the classrooms here at the center she loves making the children laugh and dance. She also enjoys reading books to them, which also seems to calm them down when fussy. Ms. Maroline enjoys when the children get a book and bring it to her, it makes her feel special!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Maroline worked at the Boys and Girls Club.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Minor in Early Childhood Education
  • 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:
    15 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Molly

    Ms. Molly, Toddler

    Molly is a recent addition to the KinderCare family. She has worked in the early childhood field for 7 years. she is Lead Teacher Certified. Molly enjoys working with younger toddlers and infants the most. She feels that while working with children, she learns something new each day!

    Year Started:
    3/3/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Teacher Certification
  • Ms. Kaylee

    Ms. Kaylee, Toddler

    When you look forward to going to work everyday, you know you're doing something you know. The kids lighten up my day with their excitement to learn and grow. This is what I am here for.

    Kaylee has been teaching at KinderCare for just a few months. She is working full time to gain further experience before achieving her bachelor's degree in Education. Her favorite activity to do with her students is working with art materials and helping students create their own art projects.

    Previous Experience:
    Kaylee has previously worked in a different daycare. She has also been employeed as a Nanny and a youth vollyball coach.
    Year Started:
    9/29/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    2 years of college
  • Ms. Kelli

    Ms. Kelli, Toddler

    I love being responsible for the children's happy faces and their craving to learn more.

    Kelli has been working at KinderCare for a few months. She is attending Bunker Hill taking Early Childhood Education classes to obtain an associates degree in childcare. She loves making art projects with the toddlers in her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously Kelli worked in a afterschool program with middle school children.
    Year Started:
    9/29/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    First Year
    Education:
    Currently in school
  • 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:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelors and Masters Degree in Graphic Design
  • Ms. Molly

    Ms. Molly, Toddlers

    A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination , and instill a love of learning.

    Molly has been at the center for about five months. She is currently enrolled at Bay Path College for women majoring in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in daycare since she was 15 and has loved every minute of it! Molly loves making the children laugh and smile She also loves to act silly with her classroom by making funny faces and animal sounds.

    Previous Experience:
    Before working at our center Molly worked at Broadway Babies infants-preschool.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Currently in school for
  • 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:
    1 Year
    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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Assistant Teacher
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Multi-Age

    Seeing a child grow and knowing that I make a difference in their lives makes me love what I do every day.

    Ms. Elizabeth is a devoted mother of three who, in her spare time, likes to go to movies and spend quality time with her children. She has been employed at KinderCare for five years and has been teacher certified for the last 18 years.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Teacher's Certificate
  • Ms. Lindsey

    Ms. Lindsey, Multi-Age

    I am very passionate about my family and love being around children everyday.

    Ms. Lindsey has been at the center for five months. She has earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Ms. Lindsey enjoys playing music and dancing with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lindsey has previously worked as a Camp Counselor prior to joining the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • 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:
    7 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:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Teacher Certified

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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
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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;

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