You have found the right place in the Melrose, MA area…if you are looking for an exceptional, noteworthy and high-profile Early Childhood program… first center in Melrose to receive NAEYC accreditation… one of the first to be assigned a Level 2 QRIS recognition.
Melrose Day Care Center Inc. was founded in 1971 by a group from Melrose, including members of the First Congregational Church, ahead of their time, who were instrumental in setting aside space in the new church building for day care center, that would serve the whole community. Our Center cares for children 4 weeks through 7 years old. We are a private non-profit, non-sectarian organization that receives funds from parent tuition, the Department of Early Education and Care (Massachusetts), Bureau of Nutrition, Kappa Delta Psi of Melrose, and other charitable organizations.
The Center is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that is responsible for setting company policies, raising funds, evaluating program effectiveness and networking with the community. The Board has annual elections in June of each year at which time the current Board is either reinstated or new board members are added. Parents serve on the board, as well as community and church members. If you are interested in serving on the Board, please contact a Director so she can inform the nominating committee.
Parent participation in activities of the Center is strongly encouraged. From time-to-time, ad hoc committees will be formed by the Board of Directors, and it is hoped that parents will be actively involved in these bodies.
The Directors of the Center meet with the Board 6 to 8 times per year and more often if necessary. The Directors supervise the full-time staff, the cooks, part-time aides and volunteers.
Janet Dotolo has been with Melrose Day Care Center since 1992. She worked as a full time toddler, pre-school, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten teacher for the first 7 years in various and diversified capacities. In 1999 she began working as a Co-director. Janet has her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Melrose Day Care Center has been fortunate that many of its teachers have been with the organization for a long time. We have two employees who have worked for us since the 1980′s…many have worked for us since the 1990′s! The average length of employment of an MDCC teacher is 10 years. In addition to this, our teachers have an impressive array of educational levels. We have several staff who have their Masters’ degrees in education-related fields. Many have their Bachelor’s and Associates degrees in Early-childhood Education. MDCC has also been able to access grant funds through the state of Massachusetts and QRIS to train and certify teachers for CDA (Child Development Associate). All staff work on continuously improving their knowledge and skills in ECE through on-line courses as well as on-site and off-site trainings and courses.
There are two Administrative Assistants, one full time and one part time, who maintain the Accounting, including payroll and all state contracts.
The Center has two cooks who share the job of preparing a hot, nutritious lunch daily. In addition to lunch, the Center serves breakfast and two snacks per day.
The Center has two Infant rooms. Each Infant room has two full-time teachers and a part time teacher’s aide. We maintain a 2 (staff) to 7 (children) ratio in the Infant classrooms. The children can range in age from 4 weeks to (approx.) 15 months.
We have three Toddler rooms (the Teddy Bear room, the Kangaroo room and the Rascal room). The Teddy Bear room is licensed as a mixed infant/toddler room, which lets us take up to 3 children between the ages of 12 and 14 months in that particular classroom. The Kangaroo room can take 8 children and the Rascal room can take 9 children between the ages of 15 months and approximately three years old. Each of these classrooms has one full time teacher and one full time assistant or teacher, thus allowing them to have a 2:9 or 2:8 (in the case of the Kangaroo room) ratio at all times.
Our Younger Pre-school classroom Munchkin classroom) has two full time teachers and a part time teacher’s aide. We maintain a 2 (staff) to 18 (children) ratio in the younger pre-school classroom. The children can range in age from 2 years 9 months to (approx.) 3 1/2 to 4 years old.
We have two mixed-age Pre-K classrooms (Dolphin and Penguin). Currently, the Dolphin room can take up 13 children and the Penguin room can take up to 17 children. We have one lead teacher and one teacher or one teacher’s assistant per classroom
Between 1991 and 2013, Melrose Day Care Center increased its license capacity from 58 to 88 children on five different occasions. This was accomplished by expanding the infant/toddler room to enable opening two separate classrooms and by adding an older toddler room, adding two additional pre-school classrooms, adding a second infant room and simultaneously move one of the toddler rooms to replace the part-time preschool room. And finally, another toddler group (the Kangaroo classroom) was added to the license in June of 2013. We can take 8 children in this classroom.