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Lincoln Park KinderCare

Amy Yunos, Center Director

146 Main St. Lincoln Park NJ 07035
(973) 694-6433 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years

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1/4 mile off of Boonton Turnpike, Rt 80, Rt23, Rt202 and RT 287

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Lincoln Park Schools. Bus stop is located between our building and Bank of America, located next door.


Welcome to KinderCare LP!!!

Stop by and let us introduce you to our ever GROWING family!!! 

Speaking of our GROWING family, if you are looking to work with our loving, nurturing AWE-INSPIRING staff please visit the careers page!!!!

Amy Yunos, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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


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.


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.


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

Thank you so much for taking a peek at our staff. Here in Lincoln Park we have a wonderful veteran staff that have been with us many years, some dating back to the 80's!

  • Amy Yunos

    Amy Yunos, Center Director

    My passion for teaching is ignited when I get to work with children. For me, there is nothing more rewarding in this world than seeing children have those 'A Ha' moments.

    Amy has worked in the Early Childhood Education field since 2010. Throughout her experience, she has worked as an Assistant Preschool and Kindergarten Teacher. Before Amy was in Education, she worked in the Hospitality Industry as a Pharmaceutical Meeting Planner, Restaurant and Catering Sales Manager. Amy has worked for KinderCare since 2012.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working as the Center Director, Amy worked as the Program Specialist and Assistant Director in Lincoln Park and Kindergarten Teacher in Warren. Amy also worked as an Assistant Preschool Teacher for the Jewish Community Center in Scotch Plains.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Master’s Degree in Education with a Concentration in Special Education
  • Remy Onorato

    Remy Onorato, Assistant Director

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin

    Ms. Remy comes to the KinderCare of Lincoln Park with fifteen years of experience working in Early Childhood Education. She has two children of her own that she has also gained experience from over the years. Ms. Remy has a passion for teaching which makes her excited to help the children in her classroom learn something new each and every day. Ms. Remy has a wonderful sense of humor which brings light to any situation and assists her in creating a fun environment to be in every day. The excitement Ms. Remy's students hold as they go home and report all that they have learned leaves a lasting impression on both the children their families. Ms. Remy knows just how to plant the seed when it comes to having a passion to learn.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Remy taught preschool and prekindergarten.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Mary Ann

    Ms. Mary Ann, Infant A Teacher

    The satisfaction of teaching new things and watching the children learn how to interact with each other is what I love about coming to work every day.

    Ms. Mary Ann has played a pivotal role at the KinderCare of Lincoln Park. She began working in the Early Education field over thirty years ago. When she began in this field, she knew she had found her calling. Ms. Mary Ann joined the Lincoln Park center in 1992 and has been here ever since watching the babies she cared for turn into active and knowledgeable Kindergarteners. As well, she has loved having the opportunity to lend support to first time parents and then watch them develop into families with two or three more children. Ms. Mary Ann assists the babies with all of their feeding and napping needs in the comfort of loving arms, as well as introduces them to the world of learning through an age appropriate curriculum. Ms. Mary Ann is known for having children and families come back to visit their 'first teacher' years later! She creates a special bond with each family that leaves a lasting impression for years to come.

    Year Started:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Assistant Teacher

    While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.

    Ms. Shannon has a passion for working with children and helping them grow to be their best. Before joining the KinderCare team, Shannon was an Instructor for a YMCA aftercare program and has had the opportunity to assist with childcare and learning programs in several churches. Shannon earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Interpersonal Communications and has plans to earn her Master’s in Social Work while continuing her work with children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming an Assistant Teacher for KinderCare, Shannon worked as an After Care Instructor for the Wyckoff Family YMCA. Shannon has also volunteered for various churches helping with childcare, summer learning programs and community projects involving children.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology Child CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Peggy

    Ms. Peggy, Assistant Toddler Teacher

    I believe that it is important in life to spend each day trying to learn something new. I find working with children especially rewarding as it is a gift to have the chance to teach them something new every day.

    Peggy worked in the Fashion Retail Industry for over 26 years. After leaving the industry to spend more time with her family, she made the decision to follow her dream of one day working with children and becoming a teacher. She has lived in Lincoln Park, NJ for the past 20 years with her husband and two children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the KinderCare Team, she worked at The Children’s Place Retail Stores as Director of Global Sourcing. She has also served as a volunteer working with children as a substitute teacher for Religious Education and as a Girl Scout Adult Volunteer.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Associate Degree in Fashion Management and Marketing
  • Ms. Linnea

    Ms. Linnea, Assistant Toddler Teacher

    Working with children keeps me young at heart.

    Ms. Linnea retired from NJ Bell (now Verizon) after 35 years. Ms. Linnea was then a nanny for several years & a pet sitter. She has worked as a lunchroom/recess Aide for LPES and is a Shadow Aide at LPES. Ms. Linnea loves seeing the children excel during the year and is rewarded by knowing she has helped them to do so.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Linnea was a nanny for several years and is currently at LPES as a Shadow Aide.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

    Melissa is thrilled to be joining the Lincoln Park KinderCare Family! She has worked as an Assistant Teacher with Twos – Prekindergarten for the past two years at KinderCare’s sister center, CCLC in Manhattan, while completing her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (Birth – 2nd Grade) at Brooklyn College. She spent her student teaching in an inclusive classroom at a progressive project/play based charter school in Brooklyn and plans on pursuing Special Education in her Master’s Program. She comes from a family of educators with her father being one of her biggest inspirations for pursuing a career in education. She is a lover of nature, music, art, and movement. She considers it a pleasure and privilege to play a role in the development of children through exploring their interests, channeling their strengths, witnessing their growth, and creating and learning with them!

    Previous Experience:
    Melissa has worked as an Assistant Teacher with Twos – Prekindergarten for two years. She has completed over 300 hours of classroom observation and over 300 hours of work as a Student Teacher during her studies at Brooklyn College.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Two Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education (Birth-2nd Grade)
  • Ms. Kristin

    Ms. Kristin, Multi-Age Classroom

    Kristin has worked with children for 12 years. She has worked with a variety of age groups from infants to high schoolers. Kristin believes every child should be valued and treated with respect. She creates a warm and inviting atmosphere in the classroom. Kristin is very excited to work with the wonderful staff and students of Lincoln Park KinderCare!

    Previous Experience:
    Kristin has been a nanny, worked with KinderCare Learning Center, Boys and Girls Club and a Counselor at Camp Nyoda.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    William Paterson University Bachelor of Arts – Arts and Communications with a concentration in Interpersonal Communication CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Learning Adventures

    Nicole returns to us here at KC after an 18 month hiatus! Nicole has worked with children for over 20 years. She started working in the public schools in 1993 as an inclusion facilitator for special needs children in a regular education kindergarten class. Nicole attended William Paterson College and majored in Special Education. As well as being the mother of 5 children ranging in ages from 10-19, Nicole also coaches cheer leading for a recreation program as well as coaching 2 competitive cheer teams and softball. Nicole is very excited to be back at KC!

    Previous Experience:
    So Big CDC Preschool Teacher -2006-2009 KinderCare Lincoln Park Discovery Preschool 2011-2013 Pre-Kindergarten Teacher 2013-2015
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    William Paterson College Associate Degree in Special Education
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Floater

    Katie has been taking care of children for over 8 years.  She started out by babysitting for many different families with children of a variety of ages from three months up until 12 years old.  She is a senior in the Honors College and in the process of completing her Bachelor in Communications Disorders at William Paterson University. After that,  she will continue at William Paterson for her Master in Communications Disorders.  She plans to be a Speech-Language Pathologist and work with children in the future.  Katie is excited to make KinderCare friends!

    Previous Experience:
    Over 8 years of babysitting and spent one summer as a nanny.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts in Communications Disorders at William Paterson University

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

Finding the right place — and the right people — for your child’s education and care is a big decision. To help your family with this choice, we would love for you to meet our teachers, see our classrooms, and learn more about our center and our programs. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning. Our center is of a smaller size which allows our staff to really focus on individualized attention. The staff knows each and every child, as well as each and every parent--and even grandparents, too! Our center has 'family' appeal to it and we would love to make you a part of it. We are also one of the very few centers in Morris County that has achieved the highest national accreditation in early education through NAEYC!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

  • New Years Day
  • Presidents Day (Teacher Training)
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day (Teacher Training)
  • Thanksgiving & day after
  • Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Our staff is CPR and First Aid certified. We assist with any dietary needs they may have and remain a Nut Free center for all nut allergies. The center has an outside cleaning company that comes in during our closed hours to maintain top notch cleanliness. As well, all of the staff maintains training hours to stay abreast of all new philosophies and techniques with re-trainings at least twice a year. You can rest assured the well-being of our children is our top priority.

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.

It is hard for us to write a letter to any one teacher since our children have been attending KinderCare since 2006. The fact that we had one child who attended KinderCare for 5 years and we are sending another child for 5 years is a testament to how we feel about the teachers at KinderCare. We have found the full time teachers, part time support teachers, Directors and Assistant Directors to be very dedicated to our children's development of education and socialization as well as being nurturing, loving and caring. Our older son is doing great in 1st grade and we owe a lot of that to the instruction and care of the KinderCare Family. Jo Jo loves going to pre-school and the daily activities. I know how challenging and entertaining he can be, and the KinderCare staff always treat him with love, respect and consistency.

- Mother

Our family has had the pleasure of knowing Ms, Remy for the past 5 years. Our daughter who is going to be 8 this year was in Ms. Remy’s class a couple years ago. Our boys now attend KinderCare and they are in Ms. Remy's class. Our daughter had a great experience and so are our boys. We know they enjoy her, because they all speak about her when they are home. Our daughter looked forward to going to school each day to see Ms. Remy and so do the boys. She has had a very positive influence on our family.
- Father

Miss Jenna was Lucia’s first teacher at the LP Kindercare. She helped Lucia transition to her new school by providing her with the upmost emotional support, care and love. Miss Jenna will always hold a very special place in Lucia’s heart.

Lucia always looks forward to Miss Remy’s smiling face and warm morning welcome. Lucia always asks “Will Miss Remy be here this morning?” Miss Remy’s bright smile brightens all of our mornings and gets Lucia excited for her adventurous day.

Lucia LOVES Miss Jackie’s projects. Miss Jackie has given Lucia the tools to expand in her creativity.

Lucia loves working on her phonics with Miss Jillian. We cannot wait for Lucia to start pre-k with Miss Jillian. The energy in Miss Jillian’s class is always abundant.


- Mother

It warms our hearts when we see Madison wave, clap, smile and giggle with excitement, as she loves to show off all that she is learning at KinderCare. We know that Ms. Maryann is teaching our daughter how to make the appropriate hand gestures and facial expressions, and when Madison uses it in our company and especially in the company of others, the elated reactions on everyone’s faces are priceless! We can’t believe how much she is learning and how much more familiar certain words are becoming for Madison. We know that she is cared for and loved by Ms. Maryann and all of the other Teachers and Directors at KinderCare, and we are truly grateful to have found such a warm and inspirational environment for Madison to spend the most important developmental years of her life.

Thank you Ms. Maryann for all that you do!!!

- Mother

Miss Remy-

It is amazing to us how much Scott changes each day and each week – he has become so independent and aware of the world around him!  Thank you for helping him grow, develop, and learn.  The activities you do with the children each day are helping him develop skills that he will need for the rest of his life. 
Scotty is happy when he is dropped off in the mornings (this is, of course, partially due to his second breakfast of the day) and when he is picked up in the afternoons.  While we have had some growing pains and he does not always have a “green day,” we know that he loves coming to school each day.
On our ride to and from school each day, we talk about what he thinks he will do during the day and what he actually did do during the day, reinforce rules, remind him about behavioral expectations, etc.  We appreciate you working with us on the potty situation and, hopefully, things will click soon!
People will ask me every now and then how I feel about having my son in daycare.  While I miss him so much and think about him constantly during the day, I am lucky because I know he is happy and well taken care of. 
Thank you for taking care of and loving our son – you are a special person who has a special place in our hearts.


- Mother

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