About us....  .           

Melrose Daycare Center

Melrose Daycare Center, Inc.  was founded in 1971 by a group from Melrose including members of the First Congregational Church, who were instrumental in setting aside space in the new church building for day care center, which would serve the whole community.  Our Center cares for children two months through 6 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.

Currently the administration at Melrose Day Care Center is shared by two  people.

 Caroline Yoder has been with the Center since 1991 and has shared the job with Janet Dotolo since 1999.  Caroline has her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the Pennsylvania State University and her Master's degree in Education  and Administration from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts.

 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 job sharing as a Co-director with Caroline Yoder.  Janet has her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Between 1991 and 2012, Melrose Day Care Center increased it's license capacity from 58 to 88 children on four 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, and finally, the most recent change, was to add a second infant room, and move one of the toddler rooms to replace the part-time preschool room.  Additionally, another small group was added to the license in September of 2012.  This is a combined toddler/preschool group that will accommodate up to 8 children and is slated to open in Summer or Fall of 2013.  

Melrose Daycare Center has been fortunate in that many of its teachers have been with the company 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 to train and certify teachers for a CDA ( Child Development Associate).  All staff work on continuously improving their knowledge and skills in ECE through on-line courses ( offered by our licensing agency, EEC) as well as on-site and off-site trainings and courses.

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 two toddler rooms ( The Teddy Bear room and the Rascal room).  Each toddler room has children ranging in age from approximately 13 to 15 months to approximately 2 years 9 months.  We maintain a 2 (staff) to 9 (children) ratio in each of the toddler classrooms.    

Our Younger Pre-school classroom ( Munchkin classroom) has two full time teachers and a part time teachers' 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.)  4 years old. 

Our Older Pre-school/Younger Pre-k room ( Dolphin classroom) has one full time teacher and a part time aide.  We maintain a 1 (staff) to 10 (children) ratio in this classroom, although often  there is a 2:10 ratio.  The children range in age from approximately 3 years 4  years.  T

Our Pre-K classroom ( Penguin classroom) has one full time teacher, two part time teachers and a part time teacher's aide.  We maintain a 2 (staff) to 20 (children) ratio in this classroom.  The children range in age from approximately 4 years to 6 years.  

There are several part time teachers and teachers aides who work in a floating capacity.  They will substitute in all classrooms when teachers are sick, on vacation or just serve as an extra hand. They also cover teacher meetings and teacher planning time.

 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.

 Finally,  there are two Administrative Assistants, one full time and one part time, who maintain the Accounting, including payroll and all state contracts.