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New York Plaza KinderCare

Lisa Pacheco, Center Director

4 NY Plaza Suite 104 New York NY 10004
(212) 513-7367 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
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Welcome

Welcome to New York Plaza KinderCare! Our state-of-the-art center is now open to enrollment from the community and designed to provide full-time and part-time care for children ages six weeks to five years, as well as backup care and scheduled drop-in care for children ages six weeks to twelve years. We offer an educational program, Guided Discovery, which provides unlimited opportunities for the development of the whole child. Our focus is on nurturing and supporting each and every child in an environment designed to support their social-emotional, physical, and cognitive development.

Lisa Pacheco, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

Monthly Activities

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

Jr. Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

Let us help your 2-year-old develop her independence and confidence in a setting that encourages a sense of community. We plan your child's activities based on a program grounded in early childhood fundamentals. Your young learner will increase her language ability, practice early counting skills and learn to cooperate with friends through group activities.

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.

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Meet our fabulous team at 4 NY!

  • Lisa Pacheco

    Lisa Pacheco, Center Director

    I am dedicated to providing a high quality program which instills a 'love of learning' and positive 'first school' experience!

    Lisa joined KinderCare in July 2013 with 15 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fordham University, a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from St. John’s University and is currently completing an Advanced Certificate in Special Education at Queens College. Lisa has experience working in a variety of early education settings including a college campus, non-profit organization, corporate sponsored and federally funded programs. Having had a range of experiences in providing high quality childcare and early education both as a teacher and a Director, Lisa is excited to bring her knowledge, background and love of learning to New York Plaza KinderCare. Lisa is dedicated to creating an environment that is warm, nurturing and supportive to each and every child!

    Previous Experience:
    Lisa has previous experience working as a teacher, Early Childhood Director and HeadStart Director.
    Year Started:
    7/2/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology; Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education; Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education; New York State Teacher Certification Birth - 2nd grade.
  • Mekala Falone

    Mekala Falone, Infant Classroom

    Mekala joined KinderCare four years ago at a center based in Boston, Massachusetts. There she worked primarily with Infants and Toddlers. In addition to this, she has worked in a variety settings with a range from positions as an educator, social worker and counselor. Her experiences have allowed her to value the importance of early childhood development. Mekala believes that communications and partnership between caregivers can make for the most appropriate learning environment.

  • Anquinette Robinson

    Anquinette Robinson, Infant Classroom

    In 2011, Anquinette made a career change from the Sales and Service industry to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. Her first teaching experience began as a volunteer at a Public School in South Ozone Park,Queens where she assisted children with their homework and other activities in their after school program.  Shortly thereafter, she worked as an Assistant Teacher at a child care center and was promoted a year later to a Lead Teacher in the Toddler component. Prior to her employment at the Center at 4 NY, Anquinette accepted a Lead Teacher position for Toddlers at the KinderCare Learning Center in Smithtown. At KinderCare she had the opportunity to work with children of various ages. She is passionate about providing quality care for children and is delighted to be part of the team!

  • Jackeline Delgado

    Jackeline Delgado, Toddler Classroom

    Jackeline has been in the Early Education field for the last 13 years with experiences ranging from Infants to Preschoolers. Her experience in the field began with working with Preschoolers in an integrated classroom as well as children with disabilities such as Down syndrome and Autism. She is looking forward to her new career path with our center!

  • Sandra Ramarine

    Sandra Ramarine, Toddler Classroom

    Sandra received her bachelor of art degree from Queens College, majoring in sociology and psychology. While studying, she worked as a full time nanny to two boys, a two year old with special needs and his six year old brother. This experience time made her realize her love for working with children. She is looking forward to her journey at our center and the opportunity to grow and learn from everyone around her.

  • Noreen Sumague

    Noreen Sumague, Junior Preschool Classroom

    Noreen has over ten years of experience withing the Early Childhood setting, ranging from typically developing children to children with special needs. Her past experiences include a Lead Teaching position at a corporate childcare center, where she was responsible for curriculum within the Toddler and Two-year-old component. Noreen sees every moment in a child's life as a valuable teaching opportunity.

  • Serena Baroudi

    Serena Baroudi, Junior Preschool Classroom

    In 2013, Serena had the opportunity to study abroad in London, England at Regent’s College. It was there that she noticed her interest in child development while taking a child psychology course. Upon receiving her bachelor's degree in psychology she worked as a Camp Counselor for children ages nine to 11 years old. As a member of the dedicated staff at our center, she is excited to start this new chapter in her life. She is looking forward to interacting with all of the children here, watching them grow, and being present during such an important time in their lives!

  • Kathreen Solis

    Kathreen Solis, Preschool Classroom

    Kathreen received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communications at the Ateneo de Mania University in the Philippines. There, she began teaching in a Montessori Preschool before moving to the United States two years ago. Before transferring to our center at 4 NY Plaza, Kathreen taught Toddlers in KinderCare in Washington State and New Jersey. As an official resident of New York City, she brings with her great love for the theatre and the performing arts which she believes builds on a child’s imagination, creativity and confidence!

  • Carolina Montenegro-Ortiz, Floater

    Carolina previously worked at a Head Start Program at the Child Center of New York. After receiving her child developmental associate credential, she moved into a lead teaching position for the Preschool classroom. Most recently, she received a certification by the Department of Sanitation of reuse and recycle as a Master Composter. She also has a certification by the Queens Botanical Garden to grow vegetables organically. Carolina is very committed to promoting a holistically healthy lifestyle for all children and their families.

  • Lucia Castillo

    Lucia Castillo, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Lucia joins our team as the Teacher’s Aide for the Universal Prekindergarten Classroom. She has been around children almost her entire life and thoroughly enjoy watching children grow and develop their own unique personality! She is looking forward to her experiences here and believe it will be an exciting adventure getting to know all of  the children and learning from the teachers at our center who will help her grow both personally and professionally!

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

Special Features

  • Spring Break Camp
  • Winter Break Camp

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We are closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. We are also closed for Professional Development on both Columbus Day and Presidents' Day.

Health and Safety

We provide a secure entryway with keypad access. All of our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified.

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