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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 4 years

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

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
No transportation offered. Before-& After-School Programs are only offered if the families can provide transportation.

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

NAEYC Accreditation

Welcome to Old Tappan KinderCare

Welcome to Old Tappan KinderCare! Right off Old Tappen Road near Lake Tappen, our location is convenient for countless families around the area. We would love to show you around our center and answer any questions you may have. From curriculum to teachers, our approach to early education inspires a love of learning. Every day, our staff works hard to help children develop confidence for life.

We’re proud of the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. And, if you need distance learning support for elementary school kids, grade K-6, we’re here for you. Contact our center director to learn more. We can’t wait to see you soon!

Jessica Epstein, Our Center Director

Meet Jessica Epstein, Our Center Director

At KinderCare Since: 1997

Education: Associate Degree

Favorite Children's Book: I'll Love You Forever

Meet Jessica Epstein! She is the Center Director at Old Tappan KinderCare Learning Center in New Jersey. Jessica attended the National Academy for Educators & Caregivers and Bergen Community College, where she earned an Associate Degree in Early Education. She has been with KinderCare since 1997. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time at the beach, camping, and having Sunday dinners with her family. “Be humble, be teachable and always keep learning. Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.”


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.


What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)

Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.

Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)

Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)

This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.

Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)

This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!

Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)

When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.

Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)

Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.

Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)

You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!

School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.

Elementary School Distance Learning

Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)

In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!

Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)

KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.

Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)

Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)

STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)

You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!

Kiddie Soccer and Crafts Class

Our Teachers

We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.

Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!


An Artist's Heart

"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.

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We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • 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.

    Tiffany V. - KinderCare Parent
  • Both of my children went to KinderCare in Old Tappan and it was truly a blessing.

    John A. - KinderCare Parent
  • 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.

    Stacey B. - KinderCare Parent
  • Loved, loved, KinderCare, put two kids through there, met the most wonderful people!!!

    Lisa M. - KinderCare Parent
  • 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!! 

    Roseanne S. - KinderCare Parent
  • 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.

    Denise D. - KinderCare Parent
  • 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.

    Sari - KinderCare Parent
  • 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.

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

    Diane and Ron - KinderCare Parent
  • 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.

    Rose F. - KinderCare Parent
  • KinderCare in Old Tappan is awesome! The teachers have helped our children express themselves as individuals and learn independence. This center nurtures our children, teaches them to build self confidence, and makes them feel special.

    Nicole and Kevin - KinderCare Parent
  • KinderCare in Old Tappan makes my child feel welcomed and loved. The teachers have helped my child learn her letters and make new friends.

    Kyle - KinderCare Parent
  • KinderCare has helped our child learn how to clap hands, sing and dance to songs. He is only one year old and loves this school. The teachers put a huge smile on our son's face everyday.

    Nikki and Peter - KinderCare Parent
  • It gives us a tremendous sense of security when we see our son’s face light up when interacting with his teachers and classmates! The teachers at Old Tappan KinderCare have helped our child achieve a number of social as well as developmental milestones. They have also been instrumental in drawing our son out of his tendency to be shy through constructive encouragement. This has helped his social skills and we have noticed that he is more confident and friendly. He loves the routine and all of the wonderful projects he creates at school.

    Jean and Roland - KinderCare Parent
  • The teachers at Old Tappan have helped our child break away from [his security items], [learn how to use the toilet], understand and express emotions, care for others, sing, dance, and play in water. The other great things these teachers do is communicate with both me and my husband, comfort my family when I am traveling for work, provide our children with a loving learning environment, give hugs, and get so creative.

    Kristen and Calum - KinderCare Parent

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Who Are KinderCare Families?

They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.

Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.

A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A

Home in Houston

Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.

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