Abby Kobrin, Center Director
Meet Abby Kobrin, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2015
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Blueberries for Sal
Meet Abby Kobrin! She is the Center Director at Davis Square KinderCare in Somerville, MA. Abby attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Public Health and minors in Education and Psychology. She has been with KinderCare since 2015, and before that, she was a teacher. Every day, Abby looks forward to helping children discover their true potential. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James. Outside of work, Abby enjoys going on walks, trying new restaurants, traveling, and spending time with 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.
Davis Square 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.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their 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. 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.
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. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
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 Davis Square 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.
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.
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.
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.
How does naptime work at Davis Square 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.
Is tuition support offered for Massachusetts families at Davis Square KinderCare?
Child care is one of the biggest priorities—and expenses—for hardworking families like yours. We partner with state and local agencies in Massachusetts to provide tuition subsidies where we can, including the agency below:
There may be other available funding sources for families living in Somerville, Massachusetts and we have subsidy coordinators standing by that can discuss potential solutions for your family. Even if you are not subsidy eligible there may be other options in Middlesex County to help with tuition.
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 son, Logan, currently attends KinderCare in Somerville, MA. He is in the infant program. My experience with KinderCare has been more than wonderful. The teachers are experienced and organized. They keep me and my family informed on Logan's day. They are professional and great communicators. Daily pictures of his activities are sent. The environment feels like family. I wouldn't change one thing about this center.”
Genie N. - KinderCare Parent
My son started daycare when he was three months old. The only reason I was able to go back to work without worrying (too much!) is because I knew he was being loved and cared for so well at KinderCare. When he started, he cried a lot and didn’t nap on his own, and they have really helped him work on his development! He is now a happy 9 month old who sleeps through the night, and every time I talk to a teacher in the hallway, I realize that all of them actually know him, which is amazing and wonderful. One of our favorite teachers, Krystal, will sometimes send me pictures of him after he’s just eaten or done an activity, and it makes my day!”
Chrissy - KinderCare Parent
One of the things I'm most grateful for is the genuinely caring relationship that Nathaniel's teachers have had with him you can see this caring in the look on Miss Meesh's face as she is interacting with her class.”
Jason - KinderCare Parent
Ms. Meesh has been an excellent teacher to Zoe while she was in the multi-age and we are happy that Zoe still gets to interact with Ms. Meesh in the evenings. We love that she has so much energy and positivity. The kids love her and she is also good at enforcing good behavior. We see that Ms. Meesh loves her job and working with the kids. She runs a tight ship in the classroom and yet you see the classroom is full of joy. We think it great how enthusiastic Ms. Meesh is about various school events (like the end of the summer party) and how much effort she puts into decorating the classroom together with her team of teachers. Her excitement is contagious and has contributed to an wonderful environment for the children.”
Jacqueline T. - KinderCare Parent
My son attended the KinderCare location in Somerville, MA from February 2019 to December 2019. We recently changed our daycare for logistical reasons. I wanted to write a note to acknowledge how well I think the center’s director, Kathleen Nichols is doing. She is a smart and thoughtful person, and she and Antonella Mancuso have been working diligently to improve the center after a tumultuous turnover in staff at the beginning of 2019. I am confident in Kathleen’s leadership skills and have always felt that she listens and cares for the concerns and feedback from parents. My son was a happy student while he was there, and I think that Kathleen has been recruiting a strong staff to support the center.”
Jenny R. - 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.