Hayward Road KinderCare
Meet Katherine Boldebook, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2007
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Pete the Cat
Meet Kate Boldebook! Kate is the Center Director at Hayward Road KinderCare in Acton, Massachusetts. She attended Salisbury University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Kate has been with KinderCare since 2007. Her favorite quote is, "The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 years turn out." When she is not working, Kate likes to spend time with her three children who have all attended KinderCare. She also has a lab mix that loves to go for walks. She also enjoys hiking, baking, and reading with her family.
Hayward Road KinderCare Programs
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
“ Our family has been with KLC on Hayward Rd. in Acton for almost 5 years. Both of our boys absolutely love going there, and my husband and I feel fortunate to have such caring and thoughtful teachers looking after them. KLC is loving, stimulating, and safe environment where our sons (and us!) have made many friends, and grown so much.Show more
“ Okay, I don’t really know how this KinderCare facility retains its teachers and staff, but I can tell you how grateful the students’ families are that it does! While we may not know what the ingredients are, it’s apparent that there is a certain chemistry and level of standards at this facility that lifts up the students and the teachers and encourages them to stay at that higher level. I can’t think of a single teacher there who has taken the easy road when she was tired or having a hard day. The level of effort and professionalism is really incredible, especially compared to other workplaces I’ve observed that had far fewer challenges. There is the appreciation I have for Kristin’s cooking class, when I find myself chopping apples (for what seems like hours) in order to replicate those cute little mini apple pies the following weekend. There is the appreciation I have for each of the teachers that my daughter has had the good fortune to be associated with. There is the excellent advice that is always available when I need help with a behavioral or learning pattern. The staff and teachers have to deal with a wide range of personalities among the students and parents, and they do that consistently and kindly. I’m sure there are lots of special requests and “Did you know that…?” conversations from parents, and the staff and teachers are accommodating but honest, based on their years of experience. I hope that the annual Teacher Appreciation Week gives you a sense of how much the parents appreciate wonderful teachers like you! Lastly, I want to confirm that first impressions during daycare center tours are very important, and in this case they were also correct. Before visiting this KinderCare, I had visited four other centers (after leaving a center because of one grumpy teacher who was, unfortunately, the main “greeter” for parents every morning). I loved the wide range of teacher ages I saw at KinderCare, because it gives you that combination of experience and new ideas. I also liked the fact that the teachers seemed genuine, and didn’t drop everything to come talk to me. They did talk to me, of course, but they were still taking care of the children, and it didn’t look like a performance for visitors. That first impression has proven true through the past 3.5 years: the staff and teachers are genuine but honest, and give it their all every day. Many of you are parents as well, so you know what I mean when I say “it means the world to know your child is in excellent hands”. I have a hard time imagining what it will be like when my daughter moves on to Kindergarten, but I know it will involve a lot of gratitude, excitement and sadness.Show more
“ "Leave my child with a stranger? No way!" That is definitely the first thought that every new parent has when considering child care. Two children and five-and-a-half years and later, we can definitely say that the teachers at KinderCare are far from strangers. They have been such a huge influence in both of our kids' daily lives. The teachers and staff at the center have been responsible for helping them grow, shaping who they are, and keeping them safe. It is so important knowing that you can trust the teachers and caregivers that you leave your child with daily and it's reassuring knowing that within no time, they are like part of your family. Both our kids and us value the special connections we have made through KinderCare.Show more
“ We moved to Acton about two years ago and one of my biggest stressors was finding a daycare for my two children. After I toured the Hayward Road KinderCare with Helena Prentiss, the Center Director, and met some of the teachers, I left knowing that my children would be cared for, loved and valued here. I could feel that Helena and her teachers had created something special. Two years later, I was right! If you ask my three-year-old what he likes most about school, he just starts naming his teachers: “Elena, Jen, Andrea, Nancy, Debbie, Stephanie, Carrie, Barbara…” and on it goes. Any teacher who is there at the end of the day gets a big smile, hug, and goodbye from him—he clearly loves them, and I can see they love him too. Yes it is important that he learns his ABC’s, his colors and numbers, and he is, but that his teachers also show him through their actions and words that he is special and valued provides him the foundation for developing his own self-confidence and sense of self-worth and that is invaluable. To me it’s what excellent teachers do. I could go on with many examples of how Helena and her staff have supported my whole family, in times of work crises, family emergencies and medical scares. But suffice it to say that the Hayward Road KinderCare is a community of support, love and care that I am grateful, and proud my family is part of.Show more
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Child Care You Can Trust
It’s More Than Daycare, It’s KinderCare!
Whether your child is just starting to explore the world or on their way to big-kid school, we have exactly what they need to foster their love of learning and build confidence. See proof that our Early Foundations® curriculum prepares kids for kindergarten, elementary school, and beyond!
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From ABCs and 123s to social-emotional skills and problem-solving, our amazing teachers build kindergarten readiness and Confidence for Life™.
See how they bring learning to life at every age and stage!
Babies Are Reaching New Milestones
Babies are giggling, wiggling, and exploring the world one tiny step at a time! In our infant classrooms, little ones are discovering language, experimenting with problem solving, and practicing social and emotional skills.
Toddlers Learn Through Creating, Playing, and Exploring
Toddlers are on the move! At this age, that’s totally normal as they learn and discover the world around them. In our toddler classrooms, they’re building confidence through creating art, learning their ABCs, imaginative play, and so much more.
Discovery Preschoolers Practice Independence
Discovery Preschoolers are channeling their creativity, learning how to express themselves, practicing motor skills, and experimenting with language and literacy in new, exciting ways.
Preschoolers Are Building So Many New Skills
Preschoolers are exploring science experiments, creating artwork, and playing pretend with friends. We’re also boosting literacy and social skills through letter-building and group art projects!
Teachers You Can Trust
When we say we’ve got the best teachers around, we really mean it. You can rest assured that every team member clears rigorous national and state background checks. Plus, our hiring process includes the Gallup® Talent Assessment to make sure we hire educators who have that special something it takes to work with kids.
7-time Gallup® Exceptional Workplace Award Winner
Every year we check in with our amazing team to survey how engaged they are, and for 7 years running we’ve earned the Gallup® Exceptional Workplace Award! We’re the first and only early childhood education provider recognized, and one of just four companies worldwide to receive the honor seven years in a row.
Peace of mind from pick-up to drop-off.
Child care isn’t just about caring for children—it’s about families and communities too! We’re committed to valuing the experiences and traditions you bring with you and honoring them within our community. Whenever you step through our front door, you’ll know that you’re in a place where your family is safe, happy, and celebrated for who they are.
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Hear from families like yours.
When it comes to deciding on a child care center, we know there’s nothing quite like hearing from other families! Hear what Becky has to say about being a part of the KinderCare community:
“As a parent, I entrust my greatest blessing to the staff at KinderCare every day, and I am grateful for the loving care and guidance he receives. The teachers and director look at each child as an individual, with their own strengths and needs. My son has been blessed with awesome teachers who understand his challenges, and handle him with grace. My child has learned so much and continues to share with me the great activities that go on each day at "school!" Thank you to the KinderCare child care organization for an incredible early childhood curriculum that engages and teaches at all steps of the day, and a special thanks to Karen and her staff; they continue to do amazing works of ‘heart’ with all children.”
- Becky T.