Jessica Epstein, Center Director
Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
Palisades, RT 287, few miles off Garden St. Parkway, Kinderkamak and Tappan
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
No transportation offered. Before-& After-School Programs are only offered if the families can provide transportation.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting our center's web page. It's an honor to know that you are considering KinderCare in Old Tappan for your childcare needs. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you at anytime, so please feel free to be our guest.
Jessica Epstein, Center Director
- Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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.
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.
Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)
As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.
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.
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.
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.
Kiddie Soccer and Crafts Class
Teachers & Staff
The longevity of our staff is something we take great pride in. In addition to loving and nurturing the children in their care, they spend a great deal of time teaching and enriching our programs. Discover how our five areas of focus can give your child endless opportunities to learn and grow. They are as follows; Communicating With Others, Building Brain Power, Making New Friends, Growing A Healthy Body, and Nurturing Creativity. To learn more about programs, please feel free to be our guest.
Jessica Epstein, Center Director
I come to work everyday feeling grateful that I am able to provide a home away from home to my students, staff and families.
Jessica cherishes each opportunity that she is able to impact the life of a child, while building lasting relationships with Old Tappan's families. She is a firm believer in open communication, therefore, her door is always open.
- Year Started:
- 20 Years
Jacklyn Maskal, Assistant Director
Not only is Ms. Jacklyn a KinderCare employee, she's also a parent. She couldn't think of a better place for her young toddler to learn and grow. He absolutely loves his teacher and he is thriving everyday. She truly enjoys seeing children happy and working side by side with the staff to ensure we are providing the best customer service possible by executing our programs to the fullest.
Jacklyn has been with KinderCare for 15 years and works with Jessica as the Assistant Director.
- Year Started:
- 19 Years
- Years in ECE industry:
Ms. Holly, Program Specialist
To hear a giggle, receive a hug, and to know I make a difference in the life of a young child is why I'm here! The children in my care grow and learn; and I get to be a witness to the beginning of the lives of so many special young individuals!
Holly has been with KinderCare for nine years. She has taught in a variety of classrooms at KinderCare, with children of all ages. Holly was promoted and joined our team in June of 2013. Her position as a Program Specialist will allow her the opportunity to mentor our staff and ensure they are teaching our programs to their fullest potential. She obtained her associate degree in early childhood education from Passaic County Community College and a child development associate credential from Montclair State University. Holly is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of children's development and learning.
- Year Started:
- 3 Years
- Years in ECE industry:
- Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development Associate Credential
Upcoming Center Activities
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens
What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens.
Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals
For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters.
The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.
At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!
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.
Meals & Menus
- PM Snack
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
The health and safety of our students is always our number one concern. With that being said, please know that our entire staff is certified in CPR and First Aid. In addition, we have a security keypad that requires our families to punch in when entering the building. In the event you are not an enrolled family, you will have to utilize the door bell and sign in. All three of our playgrounds are well-maintained, spacious, and age appropriate for our students. Each age group has their own outdoor space that can be used as an extension to learning.
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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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