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Bohemia KinderCare

Ms. Melissa Figluizzi, Center Director

3502-3504 Veterans Memorial Hwy Bohemia NY 11716
(631) 580-5221 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Bohemia

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
All of Connetquot School District, Busing is provided by the school district free of charge.

Welcome

We want to be your child's first teacher! At this center we understand that one of the most important decisions you'll ever make is where to start your child's education. Every time we interact with your child they learn to communicate, become independent learners and work successfully with others. We all believe that being a teacher is one of the most important jobs. This center will guide your child through a path to success. Our center is a family, where everyone knows each other and helps in the development of your child. It all starts with love and continues with early literacy, language development, social success. You will always know what your child is doing and how they are performing in our care!

Ms. Melissa Figluizzi, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

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.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Teachers & Staff

  • Ms. Melissa Figluizzi, Center Director

  • Lauren

    Lauren, Assistant Director

    I love knowing I am making a difference in a child's life. I strive to create a positive environment for children to grow, learn, and have fun!

    Lauren loves singing and dancing with the children, and enjoying their unique personalities! Lauren has a bachelor of science in Psychology and a master's of science in school counseling. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Go Dog Go

    Year Started:
    6/4/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in School Counseling
  • Ms. Barbara

    Ms. Barbara, Infant Classroom

    I have always felt that helping to raise children was what I was suppose to do.

    Ms. Barbara loves working with Infants. She has a bachelor of arts degree in early childhood education. She has come to KinderCare from a nationally accredited facility. Ms. Barbara makes it a point to give each child in her care individualized attention every day, helping them develop and learn. Ms. Barbara treats every child in her care like they are her own.Ms

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Barbara worked at a summer camp, at-home babysitting, and three other daycare centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Let Papa Sleep

    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education (Nursery through Third Grade)
  • Ms. Salina

    Ms. Salina, Infant Classroom

    Passion is waking up every morning to bring a smile on a child's face.

    Ms. Salina has worked for KinderCare since 2011. She enjoys working in the baby room watching the children grow; from tummy time to walking. During the day Ms. Salina is singing to the children from their ABC's to different nursery rhymes. She enjoys painting and coloring with the children. The children bring a smile to her face everyday!

    Year Started:
    4/1/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Ms. Julissa

    Ms. Julissa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love teaching the children new things and watching them grow as time goes on. I love the bond that you build with each individual child and that you become this special person in their life, not only teaching them but caring for them too.

    Ms. Julissa joined KinderCare in 2014 as the lead teacher in the Discovery Preschool Classroom. Before starting at KinderCare she worked as a babysitter and also as a mental health worker for children with special needs. She attended StonyBrook University where she received her bachelor's degree and is now continuing her education at Long Island University to receive her master's. Ms. Julissa is very passionate about her work and loves to find new ways to make learning fun.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Julissa was a babysitter for two different families and worked at a hospital for children as a mental health worker.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Pout Pout Fish 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1+
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    My job is a learning experience for myself as well as children in my class. When a child says, "I can't do it," I always encourage them to try. The excitement when they accomplish a task on their own is priceless.

    Ms. Denise is energetic and carries this energy into her classroom. She is creative in the projects and lessons she does with the children. Ms. Denise makes up rhymes or songs to make the learning experience fun. Her compassion and enthusiasm in teaching is evident as the children group around her excitedly, waiting for see what the day's activities will be!

    Year Started:
    8/1/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Alissa

    Ms. Alissa, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Alissa is pursuing her Liberal Arts degree. She loves working with children because every day is so different! She loves creating fun projects for the children to do in the classroom.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon 

    Year Started:
    4/14/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Anne

    Ms. Anne, Cook

  • Ms. Dana

    Ms. Dana, Floater

    Ms. Dana has a bachelor of art in Child Study from St. Joseph's College. She loves teaching and seeing the children smile and laugh each day. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham 

    Year Started:
    8/16/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Liana

    Ms. Liana, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Liana has her associate degree in Liberal Arts and her child development associate. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in Business Management and Human Resource Management. Ms. Liana loves singing and dancing with the children, and keeping them active. Her favorite part of the day is their warm greeting in the morning and smiles on their faces. She loves creating new and exciting centers throughout the classroom for each theme. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat 

    Year Started:
    5/7/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Prekindergarten Classroom

  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha, Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Tanisha

    Ms. Tanisha, Infant Classroom

  • Ms. Sam

    Ms. Sam, Learning Adventures

  • Ms. Tiffany

    Ms. Tiffany, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Tiffany graduated with her master's in General Education and Special Education from Long Island University. She loves working with the infants because they love to learn new things and are excited to be at school each day. Ms. Tiffany really enjoys being active with the infants, whether that's dancing to music, or playing outside, they are always having a good time in Nursery B! 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

    Year Started:
    4/10/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Sally

    Ms. Sally, Toddler Classroom

  • Ms. Krystal

    Ms. Krystal, School Age Classroom

  • Ms. Caitlin

    Ms. Caitlin, School Age Classroom

  • Ashley

    Ashley, Floater

    Ashley has her associate degree in Liberal Arts. She loves working with children and watching them learn. She loves to interact with the children, and help them reach their milestones! It is great to see them learn to how spell their names! 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where The Wild Things Are

    Year Started:
    3/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Carly

    Carly, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Carly graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing a master's degree at Hofstra University. She loves working in the early childhood education setting. Everyday is a new experience, as the children continuously grow in various areas of development. Her favorite part about working with young children is getting to see their personalities emerge and watching as they learn new things. Their excitement and curiosity is contagious! 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Corduroy

    Year Started:
    6/6/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

We currently have four teachers that are MAT trained by NY state, administrating medications, no problem!

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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In the past four years, I have had two children go through Bohemia, KinderCare. My oldest is now in first grade and is reading above his level and my other son is currently enrolled in the program. They both started at KinderCare for several reasons, the main one being that it would give them the exposure to other children and to help in the transition into grade school easier. The confidence that my boys have developed from the wonderful teachers at KinderCare is wonderful. My children learning much more than I ever thought they would from a program. My oldest is a fabulous student and I know my other son will follow in his footsteps with the support of KinderCare and the wonderful teachers.

- Parent

My son Matthew went from merely recognizing the letters of the alphabet to identifying letter sounds and even blending the sounds together. The individualized and small group of Phonics helped my son spell words and now reading on his own. His participation as a preschooler in the Kelsey Phonics program has helped him acquire the skills he needs to learn to read on his own. We are so thankful to the teachers at KinderCare.

- Parent

It has been amazing to watch my daughter grow this past year from a shy, soft spoken toddler with garbled speech into a confident, inquisitive and articulate child. As parents, we know it is important to provide our children a solid foundation. KinderCare, Bohemia has given our daughter an amazing start. She loves to go to school. She even wakes up on the weekend and asks to go to school. We are so grateful to the talented and dedicated staff at KinderCare for helping us to raise such a wonderful child. We are so impressed with the center!

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