Melissa Ann Ferrell, Center Director
Meet Melissa Ann Ferrell, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 1996
Education: Child Development Associate Credential, Associate Degree in Business Management
Favorite Children's Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Meet Missy Ferrell! She is the Center Director at Canton KinderCare in Massachusetts. Missy attended Stark State College, where she earned an Associate Degree in Business Management. She also attended Cardean University and obtained a certificate in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 1996 and was a teacher and an assistant director previously. Outside of work, Missy enjoys fishing, going to sports events, being outdoors, and spending time with her family. "If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow." - Alfie Kohn
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!
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.
Elementary School Distance Learning
Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!
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!
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 son has attended KinderCare Learning Center since he was a year and a half old. The care, consideration and leadership of the staff there was immediately transparent from the front office into every classroom down the hall. I was always well informed of everything they were doing currently and next in every age range. When he was two and a half years old I was so thrilled with is progress that I began to look into ways to keep my son active and this is when I came across the enrichment programs. With so many subject choices and levels I first decided to enroll him into Music. It was not long before we began receiving pictures every week along with instruments, packets, books, updates and several at home exercises to stay active. When he was three and a half I increased his Enrichment program from Music to Math and boosted his activity from one day a week to three days a week. It only took a matter of weeks before my son was excited to tell me math problems he knows and was using the Kelsey Counters to play Math board games. This was when I was able to see the development of Learning Blocks that they progressed through the Math program. When he was four and a half I switched him from Math to Phonics and I have to stay this was my favorite program. The research being done to help children understand the correct steps to learn to read through sight words and phonic sounds while he was in Pre-K was a learning experience for us both. On the days he had Phonics it was the first thing he would tell me about when I picked him up. I have no doubt in my mind that the KinderCare staff and the Enrichment Program available helped prepare my son for Kindergarten. Whenever teachers and staff tell me how smart he is and how well he speaks, I humbly only take partial credit. KinderCare has been and continues to be a major part of my son's successful future!!!”
Tim Johnson - KinderCare Parent
My family chose KinderCare in March of 2011, shortly after having our second child. I was very worried about leaving my 8 week old infant at daycare when I returned to work. We took an entire day to “shop around” for daycares. We made 5 appointments that day and just began going from daycare to daycare. KinderCare was our last stop for the day. I will never forget sitting in the chairs outside the infant room….we looked at each other and said, “THIS IS IT.” Not one other day care that entire day could hold a candle to KinderCare. Here are all the things we needed in a daycare that KinderCare has been able to provide at 110% faithfully every day since we enrolled. 1. A loving, caring, structured environment for our infant. The infant room is a magical place. The teachers are so attentive to the needs of my daughter. You will always find the teachers holding, rocking, reading, and playing with the babies. They let them experience life. They have a set lesson plan that they follow and have been educating her since she was 8 weeks old. She is so much further along than other children her age, and we attest that to her attending KinderCare. 2. A daycare that could accept our school age child in the summer and during the school year for professional days, and snow days. The summer program is amazing and is structured around “summer time.” For kids who have parents who work full time jobs, this any kids dream come true. 3. A daycare that is committed to being open all the time. Especially during bad weather, so that parents are not without a place to keep their children and have to miss work. As far a snow days go, I think it is an accomplishment that KinderCare should be very proud of. I can say that I appreciate the fact that the staff opens up every day faithfully so that I do not have to miss work. 4. Food and Hot Lunch program. For anyone who is a parent….Packing a lunch stinks!!!! So thank you to the kitchen staff. 5. An amazing staff, whom consistently has went above and beyond to care for my older child who has Type I diabetes. My son, who is 8, has type 1 diabetes. I can say that KinderCare is the ONLY place that has accepted my son with open arms, and with absolutely no protest or argument of caring for him. The teachers and directors have met our needs 110% and then some. It is a great feeling to sit at work and not have to worry about him. He was able to go on field trips and play all summer, just like a “normal” child and that is something that to our family is priceless. 6. To greet us every day, every time, every phone call with a smile and a happy voice. After a long day at work, nothing makes my evening begin better than the friendly faces that I encounter when I pick up my children. It is so nice to call in and be treated so nice, and be responded to so attentively. Miss Rebecca, Thank you for giving our family the opportunity to write a letter of thanks and appreciation. We will forever be grateful to your staff at KinderCare for providing excellent care to our children. I would rather not single out teachers name by name for fear of overlooking someone, but I can assure you that our family thanks GOD each and every day for each and every one of YOU!!! You jobs are so important and are not overlooked. Each person has a calling in life, and I firmly believe you ALL have found yours. From the bottom of our hearts and with sincere appreciation, Thank you very much !!”
Sarah, Tony, Steven and Sianna - KinderCare Parent
One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”
Carl J. - 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.