121 West Foster Street
Melrose, Massachusetts 02176
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Telephone - 781- 662- 6539
Secondary Phone - 781-662-2156
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provide affirmed quality care for
children, ages 4 weeks to 7 years.
are the first program in Melrose to receive its
NAEYC accreditation in 1997
and have maintained it since.
... have 8
comprised of Infant, Toddler, Preschool and Pre-K
also offer drop-in-care (based on enrollment numbers) to children up to
7 years of age during school vacations and summers.
one of the first programs in the city to receive a self-assessed Level 2 of
(Quality Rating Improvement System) through Massachusett's
Early Education and Care is is a new system that the state
all licensed child care-centers that offer any kind of voucher
subsidy to their
families, as we do. They have also provided us with funding
to further educate our
staff, some who have received their CDA, and staff
who are working on their Bachelor's and Master's degrees in ECE.
believe participation in a high-quality Daycare facility is important to
lifelong learning, enables a voluntary start to a
child's education and has a
lasting impact on later success.
believe very young children develop language and
interactions, experiences and relationships with the adults
beginning at birth. The earliest foundations of school
created in the first years of a child's life. We
help parents and caregivers to
thinking, social-emotional, communication
and pre-literacy skills.
tailor quality programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers to meet
particular characteristics and developmental needs of each age group.
... strive daily to promote the
health and development of our infants
and toddlers and to
go beyond the minimal
Child Care centers.
We are intentional in "pushing and pulling" language
during existing care giving routines and natural learning activities.
are committed to being more than a 'care-taking' service and have a deep
concern for the
while providing a stress-free, stable
in the child
a sense of security, continuity, trust, autonomy,
initiative and pride.
feature resources, such as observation and reflection, that will help you be
more effective on behalf of your families. Both
observation and reflection
are critical skills needed within and outside of clinical settings.
open from 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Families may utilize
of our 11 1/2 hour day they choose as we offer an
are not restricted to a 9 or 10
hour day as other child care centers
... offer breakfast, lunch and two
snacks that include nutritious choices
of a healthy variety of fresh
fruits, vegetables, dairy choices and
whole-grain carbohydrates. Our revamped menu is approved by
The United States Agriculture Bureau of Nutrition.
music and child aerobics monthly.
strategies parents can tailor their unique, family situation to the needs
of their child.
Spanish lessons for our oldest classroom in
These are once a week and free of charge.
have also received funding on overall program improvement, particularly
the lines of improved health and safety policies.
received our 4th Accreditation in September of 2010.
... Accreditation is updated every 5 years. We will be getting
gold standard of approval is accreditation by the
for the Education of Young Children.
and childcare centers based on curriculum, teacher
size and health and safety
teaching staff stays, on average, ten years ... over half have Bachelor's
two Directors have been with the Center since 1991 and 1992
... parents say..."the convenience of the Hot
Meal program and the quality of
activities are outstanding... at no extra cost
... "MDCC is home for the whole family knowing how much
the teachers care."
... "the programs at MDCC nurture the creative mind
and children are more than prepared for kindergarten."
have always counted on MDCC to help us raise our
children through the challenging years of infancy and