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Old Tappan KinderCare

Jessica Epstein, Center Director

176 Old Tappan Rd. Old Tappan NJ 07675
(201) 750-9590 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years

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Special Instructions:
near Bi-State Shopping Mall

Palisades, RT 287, few miles off Garden St. Parkway, Kinderkamak and Tappan

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
No transportation offered

We are excited to announce we are now NAEYC accredited! 

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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

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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.

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.


Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

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

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

    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:
    19 Years
  • Jacklyn Maskal

    Jacklyn Maskal, Assistant Director

    Not only am I a KinderCare employee, I am also a parent. I couldn't think of a better place for my young toddler to learn and grow. He absolutely loves his teacher and he is thriving everyday. I truly enjoy seeing children happy and working side by side with my 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:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
  • Ms. Holly

    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's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Passaic County Community College and a Child Development Associate's 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:
    9 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development Associate's Credential

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

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

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

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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

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.

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Trusted my most prized possession with KinderCare. Aside from a caring and loving staff, the director always goes above and beyond for the children and her staff. She will forever hold a special place in my heart.

- Mother

Both of my children went to KinderCare in Old Tappan and it was truly a blessing.

- Father

I can't ever completely express how much thanks, love, joy, and support the staff and teachers brought to my family. Frankly, this was the best decision I have made as a parent... and would make it again.

- Mother

Loved, loved, KinderCare, put two kids through there, met the most wonderful people!!!

- Mother

Both of my children attended KinderCare, Old Tappan. They are truly an exceptional group of caring and wonderful individuals. I cannot recommend them highly enough!! 

- Mother

Both of my boys attended KinderCare OT, one from the infant room through Kindergarten. A very professional, clean, nurturing, loving, environment. When you walk through the doors it feels like home. Always smells yummy too. We look back fondly on the experience.

- Mother

My family enjoys the comfort and warmth that we feel when we walk in the doors of Old Tappan KinderCare. Teachers have helped my children play well with others, be compassionate and have taught them how to read. Some other great things these teachers do is show patience, and love to our children.

- Mother

The teachers at Old Tappan KinderCare have helped my child to learn, yet have fun, and helped my child to succeed in a comfortable and stimulating setting.

- Father

The teachers at Old Tappan KinderCare give our children the encouragement they need to be all they can be.

- Parents

The teachers at KinderCare have helped my children become the best they can be. They keep my children safe, happy and create a home away from home.

- Mother

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