Dale Gustafson, Center Director
Meet Dale Gustafson, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2008
Favorite Children's Book: Peter Rabbit
Meet Dale Gustafson! He is the Center Director at Norwell KinderCare in Massachusetts. He attended Bridgewater University, where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice, and Ellis University, where he earned a degree in Early Childhood Education. He has been with KinderCare since 2008, and before that he was a teacher and an assistant director. “Shoot for the Moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.” - Norman Vincent Peale. Outside of work, Dale enjoys riding horses, tending to his farm, and spending time with his family and friends.
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)
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.
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.)
Amazing Authors Club
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!
Kylie is so great. I am very impressed with her and really enjoy interacting with her. She is also helpful as she provides a bit more detail about each child's day to the parents without us asking. I have noticed that with other parents as well when I come in to pick up Max and it is just helpful as it shows she is so engaged and committed to her job.”
Jen Goodman - KinderCare Parent
“I would like to acknowledge your entire staff! Zakaria has been with the center since he was two years old and everyday I leave him there I know that he is in the best possible care. I never have a shred of doubt about the attention, care, safety and compassion he will receive. All the teachers do an amazing job from always greeting him on his arrival with a smile and a hello, to providing him a fantastic education each and every day.You are all a fantastic.Thank you!!!!!
Lori - KinderCare Parent
I absolutely love your center. The care and education that the staff provide are truly a gift to these children. I love walking in and seeing a smile on everyone's face. As everyone knows I have three bundles of joy and all of the teachers have made a positive impacts on each one. Again, I love the center and I always find myself saying "I respect all of you for the professions that you have chosen because even though I am a mother of three I could not do what you guys do."”
Lissandra - KinderCare Parent
This place is just so cozy and Anna is as happy as can be. I call it "school" rather than daycare when I talk to people because everyone there is teaching her so much. The artwork she brings home, her daily progress reports, stories, activities, etc. are amazing. I also love that teachers in other classrooms that she is not even in know Anna's name. It's like a family. Nikki is a great director and organizes so many events for the kids that are super impressive. Also, as a new Mom I have NO clue what I'm doing and Anna's teachers have taught me so many things along the way that I'm very grateful for. They also go all the way up to Kindergarten.”
Kirsten and Ryan - KinderCare Parent
Being a new mom it is so reassuring to know that I'm leaving my child with such amazing teachers! The infant teachers show compassion, respect, love, and truly care about the babies and their parents. They are so quick to answer and reassure anything I need. My sons first week they sent daily photos which made my transition back to work so much smoother knowing he was in such good hands. Maggie, Nadine, Becky, Abi, Amanda, Jil, Dale and Susan are the true back bone of Norwell KinderCare!”
Sarah K. - 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.