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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.

We’re proud to offer distance learning for elementary school kids, grade K-6! We’ll ensure your child is logged on, help them with their school schedule, make sure they have plenty of mental and physical breaks throughout the day, and our highly-trained teachers are here to help your child stay on track! As always, we also offer care for all children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Check out the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. We can’t wait to see you soon!


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)

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.

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.

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. Kids in this delightful and delicious program 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! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It 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. Your child will experiment with activities like learning how lemon juice and baking soda interact to uncover secret messages, watching fizzy reactions in action, and discovering 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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