Amy Cloutier, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Amy Cloutier, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2016
Education: Director's Certificate
Favorite Children's Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Meet Amy Cloutier! She is the Center Director at Meritor Academy North Andover in Massachusetts. Amy holds a Director II certificate. She has been with KinderCare since 2016. Every day, Amy enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Outside of work, she enjoys crafting and spending time with her family.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
We’re so proud!
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.
What Learning Looks Like
Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.
Meritor Academy North Andover 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.
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.)
Creative Arts Adventures
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 have recently moved to North Andover and we are very lucky that we found Meritor Academy. Our four-year-old has plenty to do and is always striving to do better each day. He is very bright and is allowed to use all of his knowledge and work to improve in each area. It doesn't matter if it is math, sciences, reading, writing or arts, he has something new to show us each day. His fellow classmates are loving and fun, and he has made some great friends. The staff, from management through teachers, is outstanding, not only with the children, but the parents too. Our daily sheet keeps us abreast of the happenings of the day and their meals. This allows us to have great conversations on what they did, and helps us reinforce the lessons he learned that day. They have many great family activities which keeps us all involved in this school and we are becoming great friends with many of the parents. Lunches and snacks are delicious and very nutritious and they are always on the lookout for the safety and security of all children. We made a great choice to come to Meritor, our son will be more than ready for Pre-K because of this place.”
Bob K. - KinderCare Parent
We are a huge fan of Meritor. Teachers are wonderful, loving and very welcoming. Very clean and organized. They offer healthy lunches and snacks, are very open to flexibility with our schedule, and very affordable! This is our second round with child number two and wouldn't go anywhere else. Very excited to hear they have just opened a nursery!”
Nisha G. - KinderCare Parent
I felt comfortable from the first time I entered The Meritor for a tour. It was warm and inviting. Vanessa was very informative and confident in the education my daughter would be receiving. From day one my daughter fell in love with the teachers. She looked forward to going each day. What I love is that the school provides extra fun learning activities in addition to their regular daily curriculum. Some of the activities allow for the parents to be involved which is a plus for me. So far I have seen nothing but patience and a love for teaching from all the teachers. It's been only a few months but I can already see a difference in my daughter's speech, behavior and confidence in herself.”
Chirine S. - KinderCare Parent
The teachers have helped my child to gain confidence and learn how to interact positively with peers and adults. She loves to come home and tell me about the books she reads and the songs she sings. The staff cares for my daughter like she is one of theirs. They know her favorite color, her favorite snack, and what makes her laugh. They know how to cheer her up when she is in a funk!”
Karen - KinderCare Parent
Ben's teachers said that he is working in some areas at the first grade level and that he is more advanced than most of his peers. I take that not only as a compliment, but also the great job his teachers do everyday with all the children.”
Nicole - 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 Meritor Academy North Andover?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at Meritor Academy North Andover?
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.