North Billerica KinderCare
Meet Francine Foster, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2003
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Associate Degree in Marketing and Management Sales
Favorite Children's Book: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear
Meet Francine Foster! She is the Center Director at North Billerica KinderCare in Massachusetts. Francine attended Fisher College where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, and the State University of New York where she earned an Associate Degree in Marketing and Management Sales. She has been with KinderCare for twenty years, and before that she was an assistant director and a teacher. Her favorite quote is, "Learn as if you will live forever, live like you will die tomorrow." Outside of work, Francine enjoys going bowling, playing mini golf, spending time with her family, and going to her children's sporting events.
North Billerica 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!
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.
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.)
“ As a stay at home who had to return to work daycare or a learning facility was a big hurdle! The heartache of leaving you children in someone else's care coupled with the guilt or having to return to work was momentous at times! But KinderCare made it as seamless as possible! They welcomed my many calls to 'check-in'! I could not be there for their first week, but the KinderCare staff took pictures and made a collage! My twin girls talk about their teachers Ms. Victoria an Ms. Ashley as though they were an extension of our family! My three year girls can recite the spelling of their names and writing their names reading and calling out letters and numbers! Telling me stories! Comprehending stories! KinderCare has been a blessing to our family and their structured and balanced syllabus pails in comparison to their loving, dedicated and patient staff! What a great place to help foster the joy of learning and playing!!! From Lorene the Center director to the chef that prepares the meals...everyone is stellar in what they do! So, from this Mom of twins to your family! I say highly recommended and suggested without reservation!! Thanks KinderCare of North Billerica!!Show more
“ My nephew attends KinderCare in North Billerica. I drop him off and occasionally pick up a few times during the week. The staff at KinderCare are very welcoming and make you feel as though you are family. They take an active roll in every child's life that goes above and beyond. Any questions or concerns I have they are always helpful in suggestions. The program they do everyday with the children is phenomenal. Everyday they are learning something new. It's always posted in the classroom, so if I don't get to talk to the main teaches I am still aware of they learned that particular day. KinderCare has been the best for my nephew and I'm so grateful to have the connection with them that seems so rare to find these days.Show more
“ How do I love KinderCare North Billerica? Let me count the ways! When we first started looking for childcare I called all of the local daycare centers and not one was able to accommodate my husband’s rotating schedule, except for KinderCare. They are very flexible and understanding if we have a last-minute schedule change. Ms. Krissy, when she was caring for my daughter and learned I was pregnant and having a boy, knitted him a lovely blue blanket that we still have to this day and he is five now! Not only do my kids love all the teachers and staff there but Lorene and her crew have bailed us out many times that we found ourselves in need of “extra” childcare. One particular instance comes to mind. During the summer my mother-in-law passed away and we needed an extra day of childcare for, not only our son who already goes to KinderCare three days a week, but for our daughter as well who is school-age and doesn’t even go there anymore. Lorene agreed to take both of them the day of the funeral - our son for the extra day and our daughter. There was the day that a car was driven into the front of the school. All the kids had to be evacuated. It was a terrible situation but it was handled with calm! Erin called me at work to let me know what had happened and asking me to pick up the kids. I picked them up and the scene I saw when I arrived just served to reinforce why my kids go to KinderCare. All the kids were in the fenced-in playground area playing and acting like kids. Parents were checked in as they came and kids were signed out in an orderly fashion. Ms. Katie signed the kids out without any undue drama. So basically I started with KinderCare because they were able to accommodate our crazy schedule but I have stayed with KinderCare these past seven years because they have proved worthy of my trust with the most important people in my life – my kids! They go over and above the call of duty and I could go on and on and on but we just plain LOVE them there!Show more
“ For the last seven years, KinderCare has taken such great care of our two boys. When I come with our second grader to pick up our preschooler, they are so happy to see him and welcome him with open arms as if he were still part of the KinderCare family. I’m convinced their extracurricular phonics program has played an integral role in both of our sons’ ability to read. Our second grader reads at a 4th grade level and our preschooler can read at a kindergarten level, thanks to Kelsey Phonics and Reading!Show more
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 North Billerica KinderCare?
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 North Billerica 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.
We're so proud!
AMERICA'S MOST ACCREDITED
What Learning Looks Like
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.
An Educator Dedicated to Making Readers
Soft-spoken, creative, and laser-focused on literacy, Alisha Jackson is a real role model for early childhood educators. “I am being the change I wish to see in the lives of children,” she says. Watch and find out how she helps children find a love of books and reading.
This Top Educator Teaches With Her Whole Heart
Music is learning. It lights up everything” says this award-winning early childhood educator. Attiya Mirza is particularly adept at using music to teach: She recorded a pop album in her native Pakistan and was also the captain of the Pakistani national cricket team (leadership skills are extremely helpful in a class full of three-year-olds)!
Gallup - Great Workplace Award
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.
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.
This Inspirational Family Puts Love First
Music to our ears. Meet the Bachmans, an all-American, multi-racial family from Chicago who show us all what love is really about.
A Family That is Busy with a Capital "B"
When both parents are professionals, carving out some family "together" time can be a serious challenge. See how the Dorazios do it—from Taco Tuesday to trips to the shore.