Kaitlen Korney, Center Director
Meet Kaitlen Korney, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2020
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: The Day the Babies Crawled Away
Meet Kaitlen Korney! She is the Center Director at Mercantile KinderCare in Boston, Massachusetts. Kaitlin attended University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She has been with KinderCare since 2020 and has worked in early childhood education since 2012. Her favorite quote is, “A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with someone, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” - Paulo Coelho. Outside of work, Kaitlen enjoys spending time with her family.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited - nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.
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!
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.
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
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.)
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
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!
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
My daughter has attended the Boston KinderCare since February of 2006. We have had such a wonderful experience that I continue to recommend the center to all my friends and colleagues, so many of them have attended.
I first met the center director, Maureen Bird, on her first day at the center. This was also the day when they were transitioning my daughter into the preschool classroom, which was an experience that was not going well because my daughter missed her old classroom. When Ms. Maureen saw my daughter in distress and crying, she assured me to not worry; they would take their time and transition her slowly. Her words gave me relief, especially after seeing your child screaming and crying. Maureen is very experienced and wonderful at working with children on an individual basis, which made me feel such relief when I left my daughter in their care for the day.
In regards to the teachers, everyone has provided excellent care to my daughter and thoroughly prepared her for Kindergarten. When she started school, she had an advantage over many of the children by already knowing sight words, the alphabet, phonics, numbers, how to write her name and socialize with other children. Her teacher commented to us that she could tell when children had attended KinderCare versus no daycare or other daycare centers. She said that children who attended KinderCare already knew how to sit, listen, behave, and they grasped new concepts quickly.
Additionally, we enrolled her in KinderCare’s enrichment programs, which had been a great learning experience and a great supplement to what she was already learning. It furthered her development in math, language skills and phonics. These programs are fantastic and certainly will help your children before entering Kindergarten.
My daughter continues to attend the Boston KinderCare during her school breaks and summer vacation. However, this will unfortunately be her last year. I do not know what we will do next year, as we will miss everyone so much! The teachers and staff have become not just teachers to us but family as well. I cannot say enough great things about Maureen and the teachers at the center. It has been an absolutely fantastic experience for our family. My daughter loves going there and really enjoys all the great experiences she has had there. Many thanks to Mercantile KinderCare! You are all awesome and cannot thank you enough for taking such great care of my baby from infancy on through elementary school!”
Linda - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.