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Manhasset KinderCare


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

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Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

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

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

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

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.

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

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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