Lori Gallery, Center Director
Meet Lori Gallery, Our Center Director
Lori joined the KinderCare family in 1993. With over 22 years of experience, she cultivates a nurturing educational environment at East Weymouth KinderCare. She has a bachelor’s degree and schooling in early childhood education. Lori’s favorite part of being center director is spending time in the classrooms working and playing with the children. She loves that there is always something new to look forward to and truly enjoys coming to work each day to be a part of children’s lives!
At KinderCare Since:
Favorite Children's Book:
Bedtime For Frances
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)
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.
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 Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. Kids in this delightful and delicious program 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! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It 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.)
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!
KinderCare is such an important part of our lives - our son absolutely adores all of the teachers and staff, and we feel lucky to have found a center where we have so much trust in the people and the program. We are confident that the folks at our center are providing him with a safe, educational, and nurturing environment - they're like an extension of our family. Thank you, KinderCare!”
Paul R. - KinderCare Parent
We needed to find childcare for our daughter with high expectations of the best care. I called KinderCare and Ms. Krista answered the phone, she listened to my story and got the sense of urgency and cared enough to just listen. It was after her listening to my story that we discussed availability at the center, and we talked about starting the next day. It took such a weight over my shoulders and the stress of having to take time off from work to search for daycare. Not only did Krista save us time, but she also gave me peace of mind on that morning and for that I am forever grateful. We spoke about six times that day and every time she answered the phone with my questions, she never seemed to be in a rush, even though they are quite busy at the center. Tending to over 80 kids, she gave me the time and was very pleasant on the phone. We started the next day and I thought it was only Krista that exuded such professionalism and care, but this attitude resonates throughout the entire center with the direction of Ms. Lori. This is truly a place where we are comfortable and confident that our daughter is cared for, and she learns so much and is happy throughout the day. We are very grateful for the love and care brought by all the teachers – Ms. Eileen and Ms. Caroline are just sweethearts. They truly are passionate in what they do for these kids, and it is important to us. Lunch would not be the same without Ms. Carol. She is the always in a great mood, which is felt through the lunches she makes and serves. You can tell that she prepares those meals not just with her hands, but also a lot of heart goes into it. I can go on and on. But I will end with this: KinderCare not only met our expectations but EXCEEDED them, and they are not just any childcare center to us they are FAMILY.”
Jaime B. - KinderCare Parent
As promised, I have several teachers I'd like to highlight. That said, if I had to pick any teacher that made the longest lasting impression on our family, it is Ms. Eileen. I know she is no longer Dani's primary teacher, but Ms. Eileen made such a significant impact on Dani's learning that we are forever grateful that Dani had the opportunity to be in her classroom. Ms. Eileen's reach was beyond academics- it was holistic. We never once doubted that she cared about the academic and social successes of Daniella. Ms. Eileen took a real interest in making sure that Daniella felt respected, cared for, and pushed to her potential. Both Dan and I felt comfortable approaching her with any concerns and trusted that she would do the same if she felt something wasn't quite "right" with Dani on any given day. I loved picking Dani up and watching Ms. Eileen getting right into the mix with the kids. She was on the playground having fun, dancing with the kids, doing art projects, and always with a smile on her face. I cannot think of a single time when I've heard Ms. Eileen raise her voice. That's not to say she doesn't set limits or hold kids accountable, but she does so in a developmentally appropriate and supportive way. Seriously, I could go on and on and on but I'm sure you get the idea: we have the utmost respect for that woman. We are so pleased that she played such a foundational role in Daniella's early learning years. She's got a love for learning and a lot of that has to do with the support she received from Ms. Eileen for so long.
I'd also like to send a shout out to Ms. Kristin, who has bravely helped guide both of our kids during their early school experiences. Most recently, she had the task of welcoming Max into a classroom setting, something he had never experienced before. I have a photo that I took from one of his first days at KinderCare (you know, back when he would scream and cry his head off!). The photo is of Max sitting on Ms. Kristin's lap as he looked around, taking everything in. It is really, really significant to me just how quickly he trusted her. He felt safe with her and because of that, he is now the little boy we see today- the little man who walks over to the breakfast table and shouts, "bye dadda!!" It is the safe, supportive, loving environment that Ms. Kristin provides that allowed Max to be this kid who loves school. I am certain this will continue to foster a love for learning, which will follow him into his educational career. I'm always in awe when we are in the car and Max starts singing a song I've never heard before, or when he comes up with all of these words that he's clearly picking up from the work that Ms. Kristin and the rest of the Toddler room team has done with him. To be honest, it broke my heart nightly when I first started picking Max up and he seemed so sad, but to know he was with Ms. Kristin really alleviated any concerns very quickly. We have so, so much to thank her for!
Ok...this is a novel, I know. I just have to add that we are incredibly, incredibly, so incredibly thankful that Daniella was able to squeeze into Ms. Angela's Prekindergarten class!! Ms. Angela is such a gem! Dani is learning much, much more than we ever expected and we have Ms. Angela to thank for that. From Spanish to site words and everything in between, we are amazed by what Ms. Angela teaches her in such a short period of time. Ms. Angela is patient, understanding, and incredibly supportive of Daniella as a whole person. We appreciate the time she takes with us at the end of the day to tell us how she did. It is clear she is engaging and creative in her curriculum. Dani is thriving and we know she will be super prepared for Kindergarten thanks to the preparation this year.
I can go on and on and on (yes, I know you are surprised), but there is a line waiting outside of my office. I do, however, want to make sure we give recognition to Ms. Helen, Ms. Maureen, Ms. Renay, and a super, HUGE shout out to Ms. Carol, who I don't think is recognized enough for the nourishment she provides and the care she puts into that, especially when we were trying to figure out Max's allergy situation. We have been THRILLED with our extended family at KinderCare and just want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!
And, of course, all of this comes from awesome leadership. Thank you to both of you- Lori and Krista.
Angela and Dan M.”
Angela and Dan M. - KinderCare Parent
We know that you asked for us to nominate an individual for special recognition, but we just can’t. Although there are certainly particular teachers who have formed special bonds with our kids, every single staff member at KinderCare deserves to be recognized for the amazing job that they do.
From the second that we walk in the door (painfully early!) in the morning, everyone is cheerful, prepared, and happy to see us. All of you change the diapers, break up the fights, kiss the boo-boos and dry the tears. Despite what must often be a grueling, exhausting, stressful job, you somehow all still manage to LOVE all of the kids. You understand their quirks and appreciate what makes them unique. You celebrate their successes and work through their challenges. You become such an important part of their lives that they ask us to invite you to their birthday parties and sleepovers!
You certainly don’t hear it enough, but we want you to know that we so SO appreciate everything that everyone at the East Weymouth KinderCare does for our children day in and day out. We pay you to watch after them, but you love them for free.
Thank you all.”
Angela and Denis L. - KinderCare Parent
It is so hard for me to choose one teacher who has impacted both myself and my children. Honestly, your entire staff is incredible. I am always so delighted at how caring and wonderful each and every staff member is to Grace and Gavin on a daily basis. It makes it so much easier to leave Grace and Gavin each morning, knowing the wonderful care I know they’ll receive.
I don’t know if I will be great at this because this email is likely to turn into a book. I will try to just name a few teachers who really stand out (who am I kidding, they all stand out!) In no particular order:
I have to mention our first loves, Ms. Diana and Ms. Kathleen. They still provide a sense of security for all of us. When Grace and Gavin see Ms. Diana in the Toddler room, they are so incredibly excited to see her. She is always ready to greet them with a big hug and a kiss. On days where one or both are sad to see me leave, I know that Ms. Diana can make them feel better. Ms. Diana always asks how I am doing and checks in on me and my family, and I really appreciate that. Grace and Gavin love seeing Ms. Kathleen in the afternoons when they are near the Infant room. I know they feel safe and loved by her. It always warms my heart to see her holding them when I come to pick the kids up. She has told me (and I don’t doubt it for a second!) that when she goes to leave for the night, Gavin tries to get his coat to go home with her. They truly love her!
Ms. Kristin is fantastic. Grace and Gavin adore Ms. Kristin (I do too!) and talk about her a lot at home. They love leaving the house to “go see Ms. Kristin.” I can tell they learn so much from her. They miss her on days when she is not there. Ms. Kristin does such a great job at filling me in on things in the morning when I drop the kids off. She will tell me details about the previous day and I love hearing about what is going on with Grace and Gavin. I also love how detailed her daily sheets are and the fact that she gives me different details on Grace and Gavin’s sheets.
Ms. Renay is wonderful. She always has a warm greeting for me. Every time I see her, she makes sure to relay a story about Grace and/or Gavin to me. This is so important to me. I miss seeing them all day and just hearing a cute little tidbit from their day makes me feel like I am missing just a little bit less of their day. Plus, who doesn’t love hearing something cute about their children?
Ms. Rachel is great as well. Grace really has a strong connection with Ms. Rachel and makes a bee-line for Ms. Rachel whenever she sees her. I love seeing that Grace has someone she really loves to spend time with (and I’m thankful Seamus shares his mom!)
I will stop there, although I could keep going about each and every teacher. They are all amazing!”
Marie V. - 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.