Colleen Durkin, Center Director
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.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)
At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.
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.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care 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. 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.)
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. Your child will experiment with activities like learning how lemon juice and baking soda interact to uncover secret messages, watching fizzy reactions in action, and discovering 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!
“We knew that Melrose KinderCare was a special place when we first visited it. We were debating whether to hire a nanny or find a daycare, when we toured Melrose KinderCare and were so impressed with the warm, inviting environment, friendly and approachable staff, and beautiful outdoor spaces. We immediately knew that this was the right place for us. Now, over 2 years later, we can earnestly say that there is no better place we could have sent our son. He is loved and nurtured by every staff member. He has great friends whom he has grown up with at every stage and milestone. The older kids in his classes help him to strive to new skills like standing, walking, eating, talking, and continue to motivate him to further developments. The younger children allow him to learn how to care for others and give him leadership skills. We are so proud of who he is—in large part due to the impact Melrose KinderCare has had on his life. We recommend it highly!”
Erica - KinderCare Parent
“The Melrose Kindercare is an incredible place. Both my son and I were immediately comforted when we first walked through the doors to take a tour of the center...he couldn't wait to go back! All of the staff are friendly and knowledgeable, making everyone feel like old friends. The teachers are amazingly talented and caring. I feel at ease every day knowing my son is getting the best care and thoughtfully planned out education he could possibly receive. He's grown so much, socially, emotionally and academically, and I owe it to Melrose Kindercare!”
Lisa - KinderCare Parent
“There isn't a day that goes by that we regret our decision to send our daughter to the Melrose KinderCare or to keep her there vs. moving her to Stoneham when we bought our new house. She is having a great experience there & every teacher she has had, while different, has been awesome with her & great with us. Not only is she in a loving & nurturing environment, but she is also receiving a jump start on her education with the different lessons she & her classmates receive each week. Recently my sister, who is an elementary school math teacher, said that she was impressed that our daughter (who is not yet 3) is beginning to show one-to-one correspondence skills. She indicated that she has some students who still struggle with this skill. While we also work at home with her we fell the early education she receives at KinderCare is also providing a strong foundation for her development & future success.There are some days that she doesn't want to come home with me when I pick her up - to me that is a sign that she is receiving great care, is comfortable & just enjoys her day. As a parent I can't ask for anything more.I hope we show our appreciation, but sometimes in this crazy busy world we live in it doesn't always come through. So - thank you to all the teachers in Melrose who are wonderful with our daughter.”
Jodie - KinderCare Parent
“Kindercare in Melrose is such a welcoming facility. As a mother of two, this is my first experience in early education. We wanted to enroll our son in a program that could provide him with a foundation for learning as well as a social environment to make friends. I can honestly say the staff here at Kindercare has gone above and beyond my expectations to make this happen. My son has made many friends, has good relationships with his teachers and the office staff has always made me feel comfortable about dropping him off. The school is very clean and this is no small feat when children are involved. If you are considering a preschool for your child, look no further than Kindercare (Melrose).”
Tiffany - KinderCare Parent
“Our son is bright, energetic and well, let's just say he's assertive! In the time our son has been at Kindercare, the teachers and staff have been wonderful. Their kindness and caring has been a great comfort and we drop him off every day in the knowledge that he will be looked after with patience and understanding. The staff are dedicated and have never missed a beat; managing through terrible winters and traumatic local events with a calmness and professionalism that is to be admired and provides great peace of mind. Our son will be moving on to elementary school soon and it will be very difficult to say goodbye to our extended, Kindercare family; and impossible to adequately convey our gratitude for the love and support they have provided to our family.
Cara - KinderCare Parent
I have nothing but praise for Melrose Kindercare. I needed to start my daughter in a full-time daycare program immediately after my 90 days of maternity leave ended - so she started going to the Melrose Kindercare when she was only 3 months-old. I honestly wasn't sure if I was capable of leaving my only child in anyone else's hands and considered quitting my job to stay home with her. The teachers in the infant room are so warm, nurturing, supportive, and knowledgable I ended up feeling that my daughter was in better hands while at daycare than she was at home with me! My daughter has been going to the Melrose Kindercare for 20 months now and still gets to see (and give big hugs to) the same teachers that have been taking care of her since her first day. Of course I also appreciate that the Melrose Kindercare is clean, safe, and provides my daughter with opportunities to learn new skills on a daily basis - but as a mother, I'm most appreciative of her loving teachers.”
Lindsay - 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.