Courtney Watje, Center Director
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Welcome to Smithtown KinderCare! We provide a safe and nurturing environment where children can explore and make new discoveries! We believe in developing the whole child and everything we do is designed for learning. You will find a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials designed to enrich your child's vocabulary. We truly believe we are a part of your extended family and look forward to sharing daily communication about your child's progress and development in the classroom. We want to be your child's first teacher!
Courtney Watje, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
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.
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.
We have a loving staff composed of teachers that have been with us for since we opened twelve years ago, teachers with us several years, as well as recently hired. We are very excited to meet you and your little one!!!
It is an honor to be a part of the community of young children at our center at such an important stage in their growth and development. I love working with a dedicated teaching staff that values learning, communication, and sharing meaningful moments with families. Most of all I love seeing the smiling faces of all the children enter the school each morning enthusiastic about what the day will bring!
Courtney joined the KinderCare family in Smithtown in December 2012 after making a big move from San Jose, California. She has a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Child and Adolescent Development. Courtney's favorite part of her role is supporting the teachers in the classroom and providing quality customer service to the families.
I love coming to work to see their smiling faces each day.
Ms. Amanda works very closely with our infants! She has been with KinderCare for over a year now. We are happy to say Ms. Amanda is apart of our team!
I enjoy watching the progress the babies make while they grow. I love when they smile at me and put their arms out to be held.
Ms. Gail has been a devoted teacher here at KinderCare for five years. Previous to our center she worked for eight years as a Special Education Aide at Smithtown Schools. Ms. Gail tutored First and Second grade in the English language for the New York City School District as well for years prior. She is warm and caring; a wonderful teacher!
As I enter the classroom and the children run up to me saying my name and hugging me, it brings a smile to my face and a tug at my heart. I LOVE all of them.
Ms. MaryAnn has been with KinderCare since August 2006. She has five children of her own. She taught Religious Education for twelve years. She also did private babysitting for a physically handicapped child from six weeks to five years old. Ms. MaryAnn loves her job and the children at KinderCare. She is a very kind and special person who has touched so many lives throughout the years.
I love watching the children learn and grow. Its us such a reward watching them reach important milestones.
Ms. Keri has been at KinderCare since August of 2011. She earned her Master's Degree in Education at Molly College. Previously, Ms. Keri worked as a tutor and babysitter for people in her community. This sparked an interest in educating children and is why she is so passionate about what she does here at KinderCare!
The children make my day! Knowing that I'm cooking yummy meals for them to enjoy.
Ms. Kathy has been our Cook for 10 years! She knows all the children's allergies and preferences. She also helps in our classrooms where the children enjoy her time with them. Ms. Kathy ensures healthy meals are served for all the children at our center and always goes the extra mile to be considered a valuable member of our team.
I love every aspect of my job, everyday the children bring a smile to my face and a new reason to enjoy what I do.
Ms. Samantha was eager to join KinderCare in April of 2012. She is currently studying child education and speech pathology at St. Joseph's College.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
All of our staff is CPR and First Aid Certified. We have a keypad entry with a fenced in playground.
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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