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KinderCare at Woodcliff Lake

Cara DePalma, Center Director

450 Chestnut Ridge Rd. Woodcliff Lake NJ 07677
(201) 505-1680 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years

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Special Instructions:
Across from Tice Corner Mall

Garden State Parkway and Chestnut Ridge Road. 2.5 miles from Route 17

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
No Transportation Provided

You’ll find that each of our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. We welcome you to visit our center and we are excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

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Here at the Woodcliff Lake KinderCare we take pride in our excellent learning environment. Our teachers are excited to share their knowledge of learning with all the children in their care. Our focus is teaching and learning through play. Developing the whole child and fostering a sense of community and pride. We take pride in classrooms and everything in our center is designed for learning!

Cara DePalma, 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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

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.

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.

Sign Language

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Wednesday November 25, 2015
    1. Make Thanksgiving Hats

  2. Thursday November 26, 2015
    1. Happy Thanksgiving - Center Closed

Teachers & Staff

Our staff is a group of caring professionals who are dedicated to the safety, nurturing and education of young children. Many of our staff members have been working at KinderCare for five or more years.

  • Cara DePalma

    Cara DePalma, Center Director

    As an educator, there is nothing more fulfilling than watching the joy and wonder on the face of a child as she learns about the world around her.

    Ms. Cara's career in education spans over 15 years and multiple age groups.  She has worked with middle school students as an English teacher, K-12 students as a director of Huntington Learning Centers, and with post-graduate medical students with Kaplan medical.  Ms. Cara brings a passion for helping children reach their full potential to her position at KinderCare. 

    Previous Experience:
    Center Director Huntington Learning Center 2001-2011, Center Director Kaplan Medical 2012-2014
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education
  • Agnes Robinson

    Agnes Robinson, Assistant Director

    Watching the children learn and grow and being able to help parents, whenever needed, makes for a very gratifying career.

    Agnes is married and lives with her husband and three children. After a twenty year career as a Respiratory Therapist and Pulmonary Function Technician she decided to be a stay at home mom for a number of years. She enjoyed being a Class Mom, Brownie Leader and participated in the school's Parent/Teacher Organization. When her children were older Agnes realized she wanted to pursue a career working with children. She started babysitting at home and eventually obtained a job at a local Preschool. When a position became available at a the KinderCare in Woodcliff Lake she applied and became a Prekindergarten teacher. Eventually Agnes became the center's Program Specialist and then the Assistant Director. She has been at the KinderCare in Woodcliff Lake for fourteen years and looks forward to coming to work each day.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Science, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Christina Coluccio

    Ms. Christina Coluccio, Program Specialist

    Once children learn how to learn, nothing can narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another." - Marva Collins

    Christina has been working at the Woodcliff Lake KinderCare for the past four years. Prior to KinderCare she attended Bergen Community College and since then has taken Early Childhood Education courses at Rasmussen University. Christina has always enjoyed working with children and helping them to grow and learn. She finds that seeing the changes in a child and knowing she helped to make a difference is truly rewarding! Christina is currently the Program Specialist and takes great pride in being able to support the teachers in the implementation of the curriculum at the center.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Christina worked as a nanny for numerous families.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Doreen

    Ms. Doreen, Infant Classroom

    While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.

    Ms. Doreen has been working at the Woodcliff Lake KinderCare for the past two years. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management from Pace University in New York City. Being a mother of two children, Ms. Doreen knows how to care for and nurture the infants. The babies light up when they see her and she has good relationships with their parents. The infants learn and grow each day under her caring guidance.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Doreen has worked for a number of years as an aide in her local public school.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Bachelor of Arts in Business
  • Ms. Shara

    Ms. Shara, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Shara has been at the Woodcliff Lake KinderCare since July of 2012. She first worked as a Learning Adventures Instructor and now is enjoying her position as a Toddler teacher. Shara graduated from Montclair State University with a BA in Music Therapy and is a board certified Music Therapist. Shara brings her love of music into the classroom whenever she can. Seeing the look on her students faces as they learn new things gives her a great sense of accomplishment.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts in Music Therapy
  • Ms. Karin

    Ms. Karin, Kindergarten Classroom

    I love watching children get excited when they learn something new.

    After working at a KinderCare while living in California, Ms. Karin and her husband moved back to their home state of New Jersey. Ms. Karin has been working at the KinderCare in Woodcliff Lake for the past three years both as the Kindergarten teacher during the school year and as a camp counselor during the summer. She strives to create a classroom where the children can be themselves and learn in a comfortable environment. She wants the children to have fun each day while always learning!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Karin was previously a preschool teacher and an enrichment teacher.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

November 2015 Events

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  1. Monday November 02, 2015
    1. Book Fair All Week

  2. Tuesday November 03, 2015
    1. Book Fair All Week

    2. Election Day

  3. Wednesday November 04, 2015
    1. Book Fair All Week

  4. Thursday November 05, 2015
    1. Book Fair All Week

  5. Friday November 06, 2015
    1. Book Fair All Week

  6. Tuesday November 10, 2015
    1. Pajama Day

  7. Wednesday November 11, 2015
    1. Veteran's Day

  8. Wednesday November 18, 2015
    1. Show and Tell

  9. Thursday November 19, 2015
    1. Thankful Thursday

  10. Friday November 20, 2015
    1. Chocolate Milk Day

  11. Monday November 23, 2015
    1. Hand print Turkeys

  12. Wednesday November 25, 2015
    1. Make Thanksgiving Hats

  13. Thursday November 26, 2015
    1. Happy Thanksgiving - Center Closed

  14. Friday November 27, 2015
    1. Happy Thanksgiving - Center Closed

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
  • AM Snack
  • 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

We take the safety of the children in our care very seriously. In order to enter our center each parent is given an access code to enter the building. Each teacher at our center is certified in infant, child and adult CPR and First Aid.

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.

To the Staff of KinderCare, We have never been so pleased to know that Aidan was always surrounded by so many people who cared, nurtured and educated him on a daily basis!

- Parents

Dear Blythe, I can't tell you how often I find myself saying something kind about your center. You make such an effort to go above and beyond! Staying in constant communication with parents and inviting them into the warm and nurturing environment you create at KinderCare. We are so grateful for all that you do to make the day fun, safe and loving for our kids. Thank you for everything!

- Mother

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