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Port Jefferson KinderCare

Melissa Figluizzi, 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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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!


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!

Melissa Figluizzi, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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)

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!

  • Melissa Figluizzi, 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!

    Melissa has worked with KinderCare since 2002. She has had several positions; preschool teacher, assistant director, and center director. Melissa has her master's degree in school counseling from CW Post and her bachelor's degree in psychology, with a minor in Child Studies from SUNY Stonybrook. She has worked in our Farmingville, Manhasset, and Port Jefferson locations.  

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master's Degree in School Counseling and Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Child Studies
  • Caitlin Ronan

    Caitlin Ronan, Assistant Director

    Caitlin has a passion for working with children, especially in early childhood. Her experiences 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 three NAEYC accredited centers. As a student, she completed her student teaching in Philadelphia, PA in a third grade classroom. Prior to becoming Assistant Director, Caitlin was a prekindergarten teacher.
    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 from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA
  • 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.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Year Started:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Pat

    Ms. Pat, Infant 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.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Rainbow Fish

    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Dee

    Ms. Dee, Infant 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.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    I Love You Forever

    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Mercedes

    Ms. Mercedes, Infant Classroom

    Be the best you can be, because the children are observing you all the time.

    Ms. Mercedes is truly passionate about her work. She believes in allowing the children to simply be themselves, and explore all they want. She loves getting to see the way they react when they are able to explore and discover something new!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Baby Beluga

    Years in ECE industry:
    Ms. Mercedes has studied Early Childhood Education, as well as Public Relations
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Toddler Classroom

    The future of the world is in my classroom today.

    Ms. Melissa loves to watch her little ones learn and grow. She enjoys challenging them to reach new milestones. She believes in a very hands-on and tactile environment for her students, because children learn through doing and exploring the world around them.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Itsy Bitsy Spider

    Years in ECE industry:
    Melissa has received her child development associate in early childhood education
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Discovery Preschool 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.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Scuffy the Tugboat

    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Discovery Preschool 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 opportunities she gets to have with her students and their families each day.

    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Dawn

    Ms. Dawn, Discovery Preschool 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.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Momma, I Love You

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Business
  • Ms. Justine

    Ms. Justine, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Justine has worked in Early Childhood Education for 13 years. She is a dedicated teacher, who believes in allowing her students to have a very hands-on experience with their education. She enjoys setting up activities for them to explore, and in her classroom learning can be messy, but is always filled with fun!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum

    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Kristina

    Ms. Kristina, Preschool Classroom

    Be the change you want to see in the world!

    Ms. Kristina is passionate about learning and believes in instilling that love of learning in her students. She works to create a positive and fun learning environment that makes coming to school exciting and enjoyable!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Big Pumpkin

    Years in ECE industry:
    Ms. Kristina currently holds her Bachelor's of Science in Biology and is in the process of receiving her Master's Degree in Childhood Education Kindergarten through Sixth Grade.
  • Ms. Joanne

    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.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Who Wants Arthur?

    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science: Infant to six years
  • Ms. Meaghan, Prekindergarten Classroom

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

    Ms. Meag finds such joy in helping her prekindergarteners 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.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Eloise at the Plaza

    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Sierra

    Ms. Sierra, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Sierra has a natural love for children. She loves to stimulate their minds and give them opportunities to explore and learn new things each day. She believes in the importance of establishing a unique bond with each child in each class, so that she is able to meet each child's individual needs.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Big Pumpkin

    Years in ECE industry:
    Ms. Sierra is currently studying for her Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Floater

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

    Ms. Michele 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 each day as they learn and explore new things in and outside of their classroom.

    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Floater

    A good education can change anyone, a good teacher can change everything.

    Ms. Rachel has a true passion for children. She brings a positive and uplifting energy to any classroom she is in. She does a great job establishing caring relationships with all of our students. She believes in the importance of individuality, and she loves the uniqueness that each child brings to our center!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Years in ECE industry:
    Rachel is currently attending college

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

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.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

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 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. Come visit us today!! *Discounts can not be combined* 

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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