Jessica Epstein, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 4 years
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.
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 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.”
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
Old Tappan KinderCare 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.
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
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!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
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.
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.
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
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Old Tappan KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at Old Tappan KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.