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KinderCare at Huntington

Caitlin Knapp-Rice, 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:
Most schools in the Huntington District will provide busing as requested by parents through the transportation department.

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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 gives 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!

Caitlin Knapp-Rice, Center Director

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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.

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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Our amazing staff gives 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.

  • Caitlin Knapp-Rice

    Caitlin Knapp-Rice, Center Director

    Oh the places you'll go, Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So...get on your way! --Dr. Suess

    Previous Experience:
    Western Suffolk Boces
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Snufflegrunts Treasure by Colin Petty and Stewart Cowley
    Year Started:
    10/25/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Masters Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education
  • Danielle Cimino

    Danielle Cimino, Assistant Director

    If life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

    Danielle started working at the Huntington KinderCare in March of 2007. She joined our family after she finished teaching Religion. She missed teaching and really wanted to inspire and help children reach their milestones. She started as an assistant teacher in the Toddler room and was promoted to Lead Teacher then to a Program Specialist. She worked as a Program Specialist for 2 years and  in July of 2015 was promoted to the position of Assistant Director. When Danielle is not working she enjoys spending time with her family, making arts and crafts and reading.

    Previous Experience:
    Danielle worked as a Cosmetologist and taught Sunday school Religion.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give A Mouse A Cookie By: Laura Numeroff 10 Hungry Monsters By: Susan Heyboer O'Keefe
    Year Started:
    3/27/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Associates in Liberal Arts and CDA in Infants and Toddler and Preschool
  • Ms. Claire

    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

    Ms. Claire joined out KinderCare Family in October of 2012. Ms. Claire loves how much fun it is working with children. Helping and watching them grow is amazing to see the children absorb throught the years. When Ms. Claire is not teaching she loves reading and knitting. Back in the day she enjoyed water skiing and softball. Now she dedicates all her time to her lovely grandchildren.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Claire previously taught first grade in Massapequa, New York.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree By: Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    10/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, Master of Science Degree in Education
  • Meghan

    Meghan, Cook

    Ms. Meghan joined out KinderCare family in June of 2015. She was working at a Middle School as a cook when she decided she was looking to work with young children and a great place for her child to learn. Ms. Meghan loves getting to know each and every child's different personality. Watching them all grow into little individuals. She also loves watching how much they all love going to her cooking class. When Ms. Meghan is not working she enjoys going on bike rides, spending time with her daughter and baking.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at an in home daycare as a teacher for 2 years. After she worked at a Middle School as a cook.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type By: Doreen Cronin
    Year Started:
    6/29/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Culinary Degree
  • Ms. Debbie, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Debbie joined our family in May of 2013. She really loves taking care of children and everyone around her. Ms. Debbie feels it is important to be a part of a child's life in their early years when they are progressing through their milestones. She is happy knowing that she helped make it happen. Ms. Debbie loves working on her many gardens at home when she is not working.

    Previous Experience:
    Debbie previously worked for Avon.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By: Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle
    Education:
    MBA CDA
  • Ms. Erin

    Ms. Erin, Infant Classroom

    In October of 2013 Ms. Erin joined our KinderCare family to work with the little ones. She loves being able to teach the 6 months through 1 year olds. She loves the wonderful opportunities of helping them get to their first steps, using new words, and helping them pull themselves up. She's feels great that she is able to help them experience huge milestones in their little lives. On Ms. Erin's spare time she likes reading, scrapbooking and traveling.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything By: Dr. Seuss Charlotte's Web By: E.B. White Harry Potter By: Jk Rowling
    Year Started:
    10/21/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Miss Briana, Infant Classroom

    Each child is unique and has to much insight to share with the world.

    Ms. Briana joined our KinderCare family in March of 2012. She has worked here part time while attending school over the years. She loves be involved in each child's development because it is important to her. Ms. Briana loves watching the children explore the surroundings of the world around them. The insight each child shares has an impact on the world. When Ms. Briana is not working she loves singing, going to the beach and collecting sea shells. She also really enjoys going on Nature walks and taking photographs along her journey. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham By: Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    3/21/2016
    Education:
    15 credits in Early Childhood Education. 15 Credits in Psychology. In the process of getting my Bachelor's in Communication Science and Disorders
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Step Ups

    Ms. Katie joined our KinderCare family in April of 2013 because she really wanted to work with children. Ms. Katie loves seeing the growth and development of each child. She also loves seeing the children reach their milestones. She likes heping them learn something new each and every day. On Ms. Katie's spare time she loves going to the beach, bowling and watching movies.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Magic School Bus
    Year Started:
    4/15/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Infants and Toddlers
  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Samantha joined our KinderCare family in January of 2015. Throughout Ms. Sam's professional teaching experience, she takes great pride and joy in seeing the children accomplish various tasks on their own. As a Toddler Teacher, she also enjoys teaching various subject matters through fun hands-on activities. As a second generation teacher, she also enjoys watching the children learn, play and grow within a safe and exciting learning environment. When Ms. Samantha is not working she enjoys going to beach, practicing yoga and hiking with her dog, Jack.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are By: Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    1/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Child Development Associate Infants and Toddlers
  • Ms. Nardia, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Nardia joined our KinderCare family in August of 2016. Ms. Nardia was a teacher in Jamaica and moved to NY with her family to become a teacher here. She loves teaching because it gives her the opportunity to touch the lives of students and contribute to making their future productive. When Ms. Nardia is not teaching at the center she enjoys writing, singing and being a cosmetologist.  

    Previous Experience:
    Educator In Jamaica
    Favorite Children's Book:
    That’s Life by: Robert Winston & Flat Stanley and the Fire Station by: Jeff Brown
    Year Started:
    8/22/2016
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Education for Guidance and Counseling Diploma in Education for Mathematics
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Discovery Preschool

    Always remember to fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose.

    Ms. Danielle joined our KinderCare family in March of 2006 to work with our two-year-olds. Ms. Danielle loves knowing that her routines and structure in her classroom have such a positive influence in the everyday life of her students. To Ms. Danielle it is wonderful to watch small toddlers mature into independent little individuals. When Ms. Danielle isn't teaching she enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and meditating.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Hat and The Mitten by Jane Brett
    Year Started:
    3/27/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education Certified Birth-6th Grade General & Special Education Masters Degree in Infant and Toddler Children with Special Needs
  • Ms. Erin

    Ms. Erin, Discovery Preschool

    'Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever.' -Walt Disney

    Ms. Erin joined our KinderCare family in May of 2015. She loves seeing the children maturing and growing, There's nothing quite like knowing she's had an impact on a child's life and learning experiences. Outside of work she loves seeing Broadways shows, performing arts, or going to Disney.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    All Fairytales! Especially Disney Fairytales!
    Year Started:
    5/11/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Discovery Preschool

    Before you lead anyone else, you must first learn to manage yourself.

    In September of 2006 Ms. Michelle joined our KinderCare family with her son. Ms. Michelle loves to help teach children become independent. She loves seeing the progress they have made from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. When Ms. Michelle isn't working she is spending time reading, dancing, and riding her bike. Ms. Michelle believes that every day makes a difference in a child's life. She loves to make that difference.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Michelle was a teacher at a daycare in Queens for seven years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    9/12/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Education:
    60 Credits in Human Service Mental Health & Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Preschool

    Ms. Lauren joined out KinderCare family in January 2013 with her daughter. Ms. Lauren worked in the Discovery Preschool classroom before moving to the Preschool classroom. She loves watching the children grow and learn throughout the year. She enjoys making a difference in the children's lives and helping shape them into the individuals that they will become. When Ms. Lauren is not working she likes cooking, baking and spending time with her two children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff and Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin
    Year Started:
    1/17/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology & MBA & BA Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Preschool

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

    Ms. Megan started as a teacher in a Connecticut KinderCare. When she moved to Long Island she transfered to our family in November of 2015. Ms. Megan loves teaching the most because she is able to watch the kids grow and make strides throughout the school year. She enjoys all the smiles and fun they have exploring new things. Outside of work Ms. Megan loves being outdoors and making different crafts.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are By: Maurice Sendak The Very Hungry Caterpillar By: Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    11/21/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Bachelors
  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha, Preschool

    Ms. Samantha loves being a part of the children's lives and celebrating milestones with them and their families. She enjoys helping students progress academically and socially. Seeing her students excited and engaged in their learning progress makes her happy. She hopes to pass on her passion of learning with her students and instill a long lasting love of learning. On her spare time she loves reading, painting and baking.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, Milk and Cookies by Frank Asch, and The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
    Year Started:
    3/24/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    BA Sociology Obtaining MSW
  • Ms. Hazel

    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 thought that it was time to know back to her true passion. It February of 2005 Ms Hazel joined our KinderCare Family. She enjoys teaching because she feels you can really make an impact on a child's life. At this young age you hope to set them up for sucess. It is very rewarding when you realize that a child has grasped a concept and that you helped to make that happen. When Ms. Hazel is not teaching she loves gardening and bowling.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Hazel has experience as an elementary education special education teacher, and as a Northwest Airlines reservation and sales agent.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Hazel enjoys reading Dr. Seuss books because it makes reading fun for children. The Corduroy books are great. Where The Wild Things Are allows children to really use their imagination.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Special Education
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Toddlers

    Ms. Megan joined our KinderCare family after working with infants in a daycare. She likes seeing how much of an influence is is making in the children's education and development. She loves watching them grow up, mature and reach their major milestones. In Ms. Megan's spare time she enjoys singing, dancing and shopping. She also enjoys playing soccer.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
    Year Started:
    2/24/2016
    Education:
    Bachelor's and Master's in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education (1-6)
  • Ms. Kathleen, Floater

    Ms. Kathleen joined our KinderCare family in October of 2016. She just recently moved from Florida and it happy to back in NY. She has a passion for teaching children and helping them reaching their goals. Ms. Kathleen loves to see the children's excitement when they have reached their goals they have been working towards. When Ms. Kathleen isn't working she enjoys reading on her spare time. She also loves gardening.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are By: Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    11/21/2016
    Education:
    Marymount University for Nursing
  • Mr. Gary

    Mr. Gary, Floating Teacher

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

    Mr. Gary joined our KinderCare family in October of 2007. Working with teaching is his passion. Mr. Gary likes interacting in different classrooms with the children. He loves them smile and laugh. Knowing that he is there to help them when they are in need and that he is making a difference in their lives makes him happy.  Outside of work Mr. Gary enjoys playing volleyball, bowling, and pool. He loves going to car shows.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Curious George and Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    10/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Hayim

    Ms. Hayim, Floater

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

    Ms. Hayim joined our KinderCare family of 2012. Ms. Hayim loves knowing that she has contributed to the children's growth and seeing the kids smiles because their acheivements make her feel so proud to be a part of the children's lives. In her spare time Ms. Hayim enjoys baking, spending time with her children, painting, nature walks, and gardening.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    4/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Our center has been known in the community for almost 20 years. 

Awards and Recognition

  • NAEYC

    NAEYC

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Years Day
Presidents Day
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Black Friday
Christmas Day
 

Health and Safety

We have a secure and safe environment with a 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!

- Mother
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