Welcome to Manhasset KinderCare. Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.
You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.
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!
Ms. Courtney Watje, Center Director
Teachers & Staff
Ms. Courtney Watje, Center Director
It is an honor to be a part of the community of young children at our center at such an important stage in their growth and development. I love working with a dedicated teaching staff that values learning, communication, and sharing meaningful moments with families. Most of all I love seeing the smiling faces of all the children enter the school each morning enthusiastic about what the day will bring!
Courtney joined the KinderCare family in 2012 before transferring to the Manhasset center in April of 2015. She is originally from San Jose, California where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child and Adolescent Development. While working as the Assistant Director and Director for KinderCare in Smithtown she also pursued her Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management. She has one son whom has gone through the KinderCare program from Discovery Preschool through Pre-Kindergarten. As a parent, Courtney knows first hand how difficult it is to leave your child, and strives to make parents feel at ease during their time in the center. One of Courtney's favorite parts to her role is supporting the teachers in the classroom by providing ongoing coaching and mentorship as well as opportunities for professional development. Her greatest joy is watching children age throughout the program and develop a lifelong love for learning.
- Previous Experience:
- Courtney worked as an Assistant Teacher and Lead Teacher in an early childhood center during college before entering administration. She became the Assistant Director and Director in San Jose, California before moving to Long Island, NY. She started her journey with KinderCare as the Assistant Director and Director at our Smithtown location. Courtney joined the Manhasset center as the Center Director in April 2015.
- Year Started:
- 3 Years
- Years in ECE industry:
- 8 Years
- Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies & History
May 2016 Events
- There are no events scheduled in May 2016.
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.
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
At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.
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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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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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