About North Shore Family Daycare
North Shore Family Daycare is a system of educators who offer child care services in their homes. Every NSFD educator is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.
Parents choosing NSFD have the security of knowing that the educator they select has been carefully screened by child care professionals. Agency staff with expertise in Early Childhood Education visit each educator on both a scheduled and unannounced basis. These visits help ensure that children are receiving the highest quality care.
NSFD educators offer safe and nurturing child care environments. They have all studied child growth and development. Most have earned the CDA (Child Development Associate) credential and many have earned an associate’s or higher degree in Early Childhood Education. All educators are required to maintain First Aid and CPR certification.
Educators under contract with NSFD offer developmentally appropriate, thematic curriculum that engages children and prepares them for school. Opportunities for outdoor play, weather permitting, and regular physical activity occur daily. Educators are trained to screen children using the Ages & Stages screening tools, and regularly assess children’s skills using the GOLD assessment system. Meals and snacks meet federal nutrition guidelines.
Since 1985, North Shore Family Daycare’s mission has been to ensure that children, parents and educators have a positive and enriching day care experience.
Joan Coulon, Executive Director
Joan is a graduate of Goddard College with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and holds a Master’s degree in Special Education/Early Childhood from Lesley University. After working for five years in Early Intervention programs, Joan founded North Shore Family Daycare in 1985 in order to address the need for high quality child care in the Lynn area. Her two children were in child care with a North Shore Family Daycare educator.
Rachel Boudreau, Co-Director
Rachel earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Salem State University and is a Licensed Social Worker. Her career began at Head Start and she has been with North Shore Family Daycare for 30 years. In addition to serving as the Co-Director of North Shore Family Daycare, Rachel is the Executive Director of the Healthy Directions food program. Her youngest daughter attended a NSFD child care program.
Donna Kennedy, Co-Director
Donna is a Licensed Social Worker with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Salem State University. Donna began her career as a social worker for Catholic Charities. She was the Director of Family Child Care at Catholic Charities for 5 years before joining the team at North Shore Family Daycare. With over 30 years of experience in Family Child Care, Donna has been the Co-Director of North Shore Family Daycare since 1999. Two of Donna’s children attended NSFD child care programs.
Teresa Johnson-Martinez, Director of Educational Services
Teresa was a Preshool Teacher for 13 years before joining North Shore Family Daycare in 2014. 3 1/2 of those teaching years were at North Shore Head Start in Salem and 9 1/2 were at the North Shore YMCA in Salem. She has one Masters Degree in Education and a second Masters Degree in Special Education, both from Lesley University. Teresa also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from Lesley University, and an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from North Shore Community College. She has three adult children and one grandson.
Annetty Lara, Office Manager
Annetty is fluent in Spanish and English. She has taken a semester of Medical Administration and is currently enrolled in North Shore Community College’s Accounting Degree Program. She worked as an Administrator for a check cashing company for 6 years. She was also the Childcare Billing Specialist for the Beverly YMCA for almost two years before joining North Shore Family Daycare in 2014. She is the mother of a school-aged daughter.