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Port Jefferson KinderCare

Sue Powell, Center Director

356 Terryville Rd. Port Jefferson Stati NY 11776
(631) 473-7399 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Across from Terryville Elementary

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We are on the bus route for Comsewogue School District. Call the bus company to confirm your pick-up and drop-off location with us!

Currently enrolling for Fall 2016! Come in and look around. Our classes are filling up!

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Welcome to the Port Jefferson KinderCare! We have been established in the community for over 20 years! We provide learning experiences for children from infant to twelve years old. Each age group offers a robust curriculum embedded with learning opportunities appropriate to your child’s age and needs. We invite your child to come explore, experiment, and imagine as they grow into little individuals!

We also offer before and after school programs, specialized programs for music, math, phonics, swimming, and active adventures through dance and basketball, as well as a summer camp program. We invite you to tour our center which features classroom settings, an experienced staff, and our large playground area. Come join us for a free trial day!

Sue Powell, 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.

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.


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.


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.

Swim Club (summer)

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

We have been in the community for over 26 years and are very well known. We are now seeing other generations come into our center and have several alumni working as our teachers!

  • Sue Powell

    Sue Powell, Center Director

    I love coming to the center everyday! We are like a family here…the children, the parents, and our staff have been together for years!

    Sue has been at the center for 27 years. She attended SUNY Plattsburgh for her bachelor's degree and studied abroad in England for a year. She completed her Masters Degree at Dowling College. Sue has taught in the public elementary schools, including the Air Force Base in Plattsburgh and in the United Kingdom, and Prekindergarten at KinderCare. Her four children also attended KinderCare as Infants through Kindergarten.

    Year Started:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Master's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Caitlin Ronan, Assistant Director

    Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning!

    Caitlin has a passion for working with children, especially in early childhood. Her expereinces in the field of education has led her to find her niche in the field. She believes that everything begins in early childhood, and she loves to be a part of helping children develop a strong foundation for education and a love of learning!

    Previous Experience:
    Caitlin has had the opportunity to work in early child care all through her educational training. She has worked in 3 NAEYC accredited centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Master's Degree in Special Education
  • Jennifer Mitchell

    Jennifer Mitchell, Program Specialist

    We are the beginning; it all starts with us!

    Jennifer has worked at the center for 23 years. Jennifer has been our program specialist for the past 15 years. She has had experience working with all of our age groups. She began her career in our three year old classroom, and is also one of our experienced lead infant teachers.

    Year Started:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Dawn Adams

    Dawn Adams, Two's B Classroom

    We are molding the future of our community!

    Everyday that Dawn goes to work, she knows something wonderful is going to happen. A baby may take their first step, a toddler may use the potty, a three year old may know the date, and a four year old may spell their name. We as parents and teachers know how important these small milestones really are. We celebrate them with their families.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Dawn ran a home daycare center for three years.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Business
  • Ms. Pat

    Ms. Pat, Infant A Classroom

    Teaching is being able to provide a young child with the opportunity to develop and learn in a safe environment.

    Ms. Pat has been Port Jefferson KinderCare's lead infant teacher for 30 years. She believes that her approach in her classroom allows her with the opportunity to nurture her students and provide the care on which a solid foundation is built.

    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Dee

    Ms. Dee, Infant A Classroom

    I love seeing the children develop and grow everyday!

    Ms. Dee loves working in the infant room. She is an experienced mother and grandmother.  She is a wonderful addition to our infant community by bringing a very nurturing touch to our classrooms.

    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Toddler Classroom

    I love being able to teach the children new things and watching them grow!

    Ms. Michele is an experienced toddler teacher. She works very closely with each student in order to help them grow, and hit their developmental milestones. She loves being able to see the smiling faces on her students' faces each day as they learn and explore new things in and outside of their classroom.

    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Two's A Classroom

    I love that the smiles and laughter of the children fill my heart everyday!

    Ms. Laura works very hard with each of her students to really feature each child's uniqueness and individuality. She believes that each child brings something special and unique to her classroom community. She truly enjoys meeting the challenges that these young minds present to her.

    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Two's A Classroom

    I enjoy watching the children learn and grow everyday!

    Ms. Melissa loves working in our Discovery Preschool classroom. She has a warm inviting demeanor that the children just gravitate to. She really enjoys the interaction opportunites she gets to have with her students and their families each day.

    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Joanne, Preschool Classroom

    Let's laugh and learn together!

    Ms. Joanne received her Bachelor of Science in Infant through Six years old. Her dedication and work in the early childhood population is amazing. She works diligently to create unique and engaging experiences for her students, while challenging their minds.

    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science: Infant to 6 years
  • Ms. Meaghan, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    I love watching how the children transform from September to June!

    Ms. Meg finds such joy in helping her pre-kindergarteners learn and grow into students who are more than ready to go off to elementary school. She works to help each child develop a strong foundation and love for education that will last them a lifetime.

    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree

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 center gives a 10% tuition discount for Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce members. We also give a 10% tuition discount to employees of Stony Brook, Mather Hospital, and St. Charles Hospital. So come visit us today!!

Awards and Recognition

  • NAEYC Accredidation

    NAEYC Accredidation

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • PM Snack

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

A security code is needed to enter the building, all doors locked at all times. Children are walked to and from classrooms, signing in and out is required.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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

Both of my children have been with the Port Jeff Kindercare since they were infants. My oldest has now outgrown the program but still talks about his experience at KinderCare as a child. His favorite memories are from summer camp and going on great field trips and swimmimg in the pools. My youngest is in the School Age program, and he loves it here. He raves about his teacher and the art projects they do. He is always looking for a day off from school so he can spend it at KinderCare. KinderCare and its staff has been like a second family to us.

- Parent

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