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Taunton KinderCare

Dixie Levesque, Center Director

1361 Somerset Ave. Taunton MA 02780
(508) 880-5403 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEAR-OLDS
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Near the Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant Cleary Water Flood Station

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Welcome

The Taunton KinderCare is a wonderful, warm and welcoming learning center that has been a fixture in this community for over twenty years. We are nestled in a quiet neighborhood on Route 138, not far from the Taunton/Dighton town line. Once inside, you will find a comfortable and cozy atmosphere that has been designed with children in mind. The furniture, the décor and the materials are chosen to be appealing to young eyes and stimulating to young minds. We have a beautiful, large playground at our location that is full of natural features, such as rocks for climbing and a large, beautiful oak tree, which provides us with lots of shade in the summer. We provide education and care for children from infancy through prekindergarten, with programs available for children up to eight years old during school vacations and closings.

Dixie Levesque, Center Director

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Accreditation

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.

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.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

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.

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.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

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.

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  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

Our teachers know how important it is for you, as a parent, to feel confident and comfortable when you drop your child off with us, since the majority of us are parents, or grandparents, ourselves, whose own children are or were once enrolled at KinderCare. This is why you are welcome, and encouraged, to stop by or call at any time to check in on your little one. This is also why caring for each and every child in our center as though they were our own comes so naturally to us! We have a predominantly seasoned staff, with several of us having been here for as long as KinderCare has been here! This dedicated and experienced group of professionals are here not only to support your child, but for you, too.

  • Dixie Levesque, Center Director

    Having been at the Taunton center for more than twenty years, it is like a second home to me. I live just six minutes away and I love this community, the families that we serve and especially the children! Both of my sons were enrolled here and even though they are now both in elementary school, they still love their former teachers like family--as do I!

    Dixie graduated from Westfield State College in 1989, with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She began working at the Taunton Center in September of 1990 as a teacher and became the Center Director in 1998. She was a toddler teacher for seven years, and still has a soft spot in her heart for the much misunderstood "Terrible Twos."

    Previous Experience:
    Before working for KinderCare, Dixie was a substitute teacher in several elementary schools in Berkshire County, a one-on-one aid for a developmentally delayed child in a Public School Preschool, an Arts and Crafts director at an after-school program for at-risk children, a summer camp counselor and a Sunday School Teacher.
    Year Started:
    9/10/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Jennifer, Assistant Director

    I consider it a priviledge to be in a position where I can have a positive impact on the lives of so many children.

    Family is very important to Jennifer!  She is very close to her parents, siblings and nieces, has been married for over twenty years and has raised two wonderful children.

    Previous Experience:
    Jennifer provided home-based child care for several years before joining our team
    Year Started:
    3/14/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Director II Certification from the Department of Early Education and Care
  • Ms. Beth, Infant Classroom, Infant & Toddler Program Specialist

    I love taking care of infants, helping the parents to leave them and feel comfortable. The children are my priority!

    Ms. Beth has cared for, comforted and taught countless babies--as well as their moms and dads! She goes out of her way to reassure every parent that their little one is going to be in good hands. And they certainly will be, as Ms. Beth not only has nearly three decades of child care experience, but has raised three children of her own and has recently welcomed her first grandchild to the family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Beth was a Preschool teacher in a small child care center before joining our team.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Preschool and Infant/Toddler Teacher Certified
  • Ms. Melanie, Prekindergarten Classroom, Preschool Program Specialist

    I love being such an important part of these children's lives. I get so attached that I can't help but get choked up every year at Graduation!

    Ms. Melanie is passionate about making sure the children in her class are well prepared for Kindergarten. She presents key concepts in a way that makes the children want to learn. She not only gives the children the opportunity to practice reading, writing and math skills, but offers them lots of support and encouragement instead.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Melanie was a nanny before joining our team, as well as a volunteer at a child care center.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Teacher Certified through ECE, Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Dineen, Preschool & Learning Adventures Classrooms

    I really love helping the children learn and grow!

    Ms. Dineen is one of those teachers who is well known by all, as she is amazingly friendly and goes out of her way to offer a hand whenever she can. After many, many years of teaching preschool, she took over the Learning Adventures Programs, including Phonics Adventures, Reading Adventures, Cooking Adventures and Gardening Adventures. She loves working with the small groups, which gives her the chance to really individualize lessons based on each child's development and interest.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dineen has worked previously as a teacher in a private preschool. She also had internships at the Old Colony YMCA and at the Meeting Street School.
    Year Started:
    4/1/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Teacher Certified through the Department of Early Education and Care, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Donna, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Donna has been at KinderCare for over a decade, and has been a caregiver in the infant room for most of that time.  She adores the babies, which is evident in her interactions with them.  She has two (adult!) children of her own.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Donna was a preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Infant/Toddler and Preschool Teacher Certification from the Department of Early Education and Care
  • Ms. Meghan, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love to watch the children progress throughout the year…writing their name, learning their letters, beginning to read.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Meghan has experience as both and Infant and Toddler caregiver as well as a foster parent.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Lead Teacher Certified by the Department of Early Education and Care, Bachelor's of Science Degree
  • Ms. Jaime, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    In learning you will teach, in teaching you will learn." - Phil Collins

    It takes a special kind of person to keep a group of two and three year old children happy and engaged, and our Ms. Jaime is just that kind of person. Her enthusiasm and patience shine through every day.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Teacher Certified through the Department of Early Education and Care
  • Ms. Candice, Toddler Classroom

    I love coming to work knowing that I am making a difference in the children's lives. I also love when I walk in and all the kids come running up to hug me!

    Ms. Candice transferred to our center from a KinderCare in Tennesee.  She is currently attending classes to aquire her Teacher Certification in Massachusetts.  She has three children of her own, who have all been KinderCare students!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Candice was a nanny for two years before she became a preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Certificate in Child Day Care
  • Ms. Sam, Toddler Classroom

    I knew I wanted to be a teacher from a young age and I've always loved working with children. Seeing them excited to learn makes me love my job even more.

    Ms. Samantha is currently a junior at Bridgewater State University, majoring in Elementary Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sam has previous experience volunteering in the Children's Room at the Dighton Public Library.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Ally, Preschool Classroom

    It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." Einstein

    Ms. Ally is currently attending Bridgewater State University, working toward a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.  She has been working in the field for six years and really enjoys working with children. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Ally worked at The Boys and Girl's Club, Triumph Head Start
    Year Started:
    4/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Elementary Education

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Most of the staff at the Taunton KinderCare are parents ourselves, and so we understand how critical it is for you to know that your child is safe an secure. There is limited access to our building, with a keypad entry system and a vigilant adherence to pick-up policies. Our beautiful playground is entirely fenced in and, because we are located in an essentially residential setting, is not adjacent to any public areas, such as streets or parking lots.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I feel so comfortable and at ease when I drop off Lucas. I am not sending my child to just a "daycare", he is getting an education. I am so impressed with how much he knows and how much he loves going to school. It's to the point that he gets upset with me if I pick him up early, he likes to stay and play. Julia misses going to KinderCare so much. Although she loves being in Kindergarten, she has such fond memories of KinderCare. With your Phonics Adventures Program, Julia is an above average reader for her class. I credit that all to KinderCare! Although we read a book every night, there is no way she would be at the level she is at without KinderCare. I am beyond impressed an I am so happy that I made the choice to send my children to your learning center!
Thank you for all that you do for my children and all of the other children that attend. All of your staff is always so pleasant and patient with the children. Having two children, I know first hand the struggles of kids at that age. I have no idea how you do it, but I am so happy you do.

- Mother

At age three-and-a-half, my daughter tried Ms. Dineen's Cooking and Phonics classes. She had fun in both, so I enrolled her. The smaller group of children and more individualized attention is the ideal learning environment. Ms. Dineen makes it so much fun that learning comes more easily. I am so pleased at how much my daughter has learned over the past six months. Her writing, reading and comprehension skills have all improved. 
I urge everyone to give the Phonics and Cooking classes a try. My daughter and I enjoy cooking the recipes at home, as well.
Thank you, Ms. Dineen!

- Mother
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