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KinderCare at Huntington

Alexa Benigno, Center Director

183 East Main St. Huntington NY 11743
(631) 547-8029 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
2 miles E of Rt 110 & Rt 25A

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Huntington School District will use public school busses to bus to and from Center for B and A care

We are enrolling now for Preschool, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten for fall 2013!

Welcome

Welcome to Huntington KinderCare in Huntington, NY. We invite you to come and visit a place we call home! We are excited to meet with you and your family to show you all we have to offer. We believe in developing the whole child, and everything we do is designed for learning. We focus on the five main areas of development which will give them many opportunities to learn and grow. Our highly qualified staff give your children the social and emotional support to grow and develop. Your child will be in a safe, secure stimulating environment which they will engage in multiple activities every day! Our families consider us an extension of their families and we love seeing their bright and shiny faces walk through the door every day!

Alexa Benigno, Center Director

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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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Book Buddies

Teachers & Staff

Our amazing staff give the children here at the Huntington KinderCare a loving and nurturing environment to grow in. Our teaching staff has an average of 5 years at the center. A majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associate's credential, Bachelor's Degree, or Master's Degrees. We strive to improve the education of the children by holding bi annual professional development trainings, and providing opportunities to further their education with help from our company. The true key to our teacher's success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Alexa Benigno

    Alexa Benigno, Center Director

    I love knowing that I work for a school that provides excellent care and an outstanding education for children. My team and I are truly committed to giving your child the best early educational experience possible.

    Alexa joined the KinderCare family in May, 2010 first as the Assistant Director at the Bohemia center and now the Center Director at Huntington. She received her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and then her Bachelor's Degree in Human Relations at St. Joseph's College. Before KinderCare Alexa worked as an event coordinator for a children's birthday party business. Her favorite part of being a Center Director is supporting the teachers in their classrooms and sharing meaningful moments with her families.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Alexa worked as a nanny and an event coordinator for a children's business.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor's Degree in Human Relations
  • Jennifer Bonge

    Jennifer Bonge, Assistant Director

    Jennifer has worked at the Huntington KinderCare for 10 years. She started as a lead teacher in the infant room and has been a Program Specialist for eight years, and recently was promoted to the position of Assistant Director.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Education, Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Public Relations
  • Ms. Lynn, Infant Classroom A

    What I love most about working in early education are the smiles and the children's love of learning.

    Ms. Lynn has worked with young children in different capacities for over 20 years. She is a very nurturing and loving teacher who loves working with our smallest of babies. She always has a smile on her face and she enjoys the moments of learning and laughter that the children give. She loves interacting with the families in the building and keeps spirits high throughout.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lynn has owned her own in home day care, worked as a preschool teacher and is now the lead infant room teacher here at our KinderCare facility.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education; Master's Degree in Business
  • Ms. Cailtin

    Ms. Cailtin, Toddler Classroom

    My mother and both teachers I student taught with gave me the book "Oh the Places You'll Go," by Dr. Seuss, so my favorite quote is from it is: "Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to great places! You're off and away!" KinderCare is such a great start to my little friends.

    Ms. Caitlin started her love for children early when she helped take care of her younger brother, her cousins and babysat for neighborhood families. She went to the University of Vermont to pursue her dream of working with animals, only to be told by multiple teachers that even though she loved animals, she seemed to love children more and that she would make a great teacher. She worked during the summers at BOCES and then after graduation applied to KinderCare. Caitlin was an infant teacher for years and even helped out in the prekindergarten program. She loves greeting the parents and children in the morning, but still loves interacting with the children in the classrooms. She has brought her third passion (cooking) to KinderCare where she teaches cooking classes. Ms. Caitlin hopes to start a family of her own sometime in the near future.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Caitlin was a teacher's assistant at BOCES before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2004
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science, Dual Master of Arts Degree in Education and Special Education
  • Ms. Hayim, Toddler Classroom

    To see the smiles on the children's faces and watching them grow makes me want to come to work each day!

    Year Started:
    4/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Michelle, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Every Day makes a difference in a child's life. I love to make that difference.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Michelle was a teacher at a daycare in Queens for seven years.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2006
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Nancy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.

    -St. Jerome
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Hazel, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy making a difference in someone's life. I like to see the children grow and learn and know that it will help them in the future.

    Ms. Hazel has been employed with KinderCare since 2005. She started teaching as an elementary special education teacher, and later worked in the airline industry for many years. She then decided it was time to return to her first passion. She enjoys seeing the children learn and grow each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Hazel has experience as an elementary education special education teacher, and as a Northwest Airlines reservation and sales agent.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Special Education
  • Ms. Claire, Learning Adventures Program

    'No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.'

    -Danny Thomas, Founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Claire previously taught first grade in Massapequa, New York.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, Master of Science Degree in Education
  • Mr. Gary, Floating Teacher

    I like making a difference in children's lives by becoming a good role model. It is very rewarding!

    Year Started:
    10/1/2006
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Carolyn, Step Ups Classroom

    I love my job because I love watching the children grow and learn new things. They bring a smile to your face each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carolyn was previously a nanny.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential, currently attending courses with SUNY Empire

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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.

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 have a secure and safe environment with keypad entry. All of our playgrounds offer ample space for the children to build large motor skills safely with our fenced playgrounds. All of our staff take CPR and First Aid trainings each year to keep current with State and Company Guidelines.

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

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My son has been attending KinderCare for four years now. He started when he was two and is now enrolled in the Kindergarten class. After experiencing other daycare centers, being an educator myself, and the parent of a child with special needs, I am consistently impressed by the leadership of the Center's Director, Rebecca Kurian, and her Program Specialists, Caitlin Knapp and Jennifer Bonge. They are compassionate, responsible, smart professionals who care about our children, their education and care in the center. The teachers are just as excellent and work well with outside therapists, when needed. The center has been a huge asset to me in helping educate my son and in keeping high expectations of him as a learner. I am very grateful to all the wonderful people who work there!

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