Jodi Mellberg, Center Director
Meet Jodi Mellberg, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2021
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Meet Jodi Mellberg! She is the Center Director at Marlborough KinderCare in Massachusetts. Jodi attended Becker College, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2021 and has worked in childcare since 1989. Every day, Jodi enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Her favorite quote is, “Play is the shortest route between children and their creative calling.” – Vince Gowman. Outside of work, Jodi enjoys spending time with her family, camping, and enjoying game nights.
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.
Marlborough 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.
Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)
Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.
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!
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.)
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 two girls have been attending KinderCare since they were infants. The staff and center are amazing. The teachers become like a second family. I don't think the team gets enough credit they are exceptional! They've been extremely accommodating to my youngest with food allergies and eczema and are always ready for the newest thing we can throw at them! They are understanding and compassionate they do what they do with love. It's really true it does take a village to raise a child or perhaps just a fantastic KinderCare team! Love all my KinderCare family!”
Cassandra H. - KinderCare Parent
We have been happy with KinderCare for the past eight years. My kids always came home happy and excited about their day which is a great feeling for a working mom. The director is always willing to work with us and many teachers have been there for a long time; it feels so close to our hearts. The meals are healthy and the school has structure which my kids need! I can't recommend a better day care than KinderCare. I am always greeted by a friendly face and treated with kindness. As a family, we feel very fortunate to have found such great care for our son and daughter.”
Syamala A. - KinderCare Parent
I love all the great activities you do with the kids. It really makes me feel like I am giving my kids the best advantage possible with their early education. The things my children are able to learn are so beyond what I could teach or a home daycare could ever try to replicate. I never had any early childhood education, so I did not know what to expect when we joined. I just hoped for a few craft projects to post on my refrigerator here and there. I never expected my kids would have curriculum! Play in water! Even Valencia! And now I have birthday cards for Papi, Mothers day and Father's day cards and art a few times a week from Gabriel. And I get a photo of him actually making the art! Gabriel's vocabulary has skyrocketed. He knows all sorts of new songs, and he is even counting to 13Š. He knows weather- it's honestly incredible. I am a raving fan and I have to tell you how happy I am my children are in your center.”
Erin T. - KinderCare Parent
I had my doubts when I thought about choosing a right Preschool for my kids. The first center that came to mind was KinderCare. I have worked at KinderCare a long time ago. My kids love to go to school every morning, and when we pick them up, they refuse to leave. That is a really good sign that the school is one of the best out there. Mr. Marshall is my son's teacher and we just love him so much. He is a really good teacher and my son looks up to him so much. Ms. Carly and Ms. Sara are my daughter’s teachers. She also loves them. They are great, and I am thankful my children are being cared by such good teachers. We will never forget their first teachers. Thank you all the staff for all the amazing care you guys give to my kids and all others.”
Amanda M. - KinderCare Parent
KinderCare in Marlborough is such a fabulous center. The staff is always so nice and the teachers are great! I truly feel very safe every day leaving my kids (2 and 4) there. We have been a KinderCare family since my son was an infant and have always trusted that both of my kids are having fun and learning. I can't say enough good things about it.”
Halie L. - 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Marlborough KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. When the unexpected arises, KinderCare ensures you have access to reliable childcare in a pinch. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and drop-in childcare—you’re always covered with KinderCare.
How does naptime work at Marlborough KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.