Tara Cruppi, Center Director
Meet Tara Cruppi, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2020
Education: Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Madeline
Meet Tara Cruppi! Tara is the Center Director at Webster KinderCare in New York. Tara holds a Master of Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Administration and Management from Walden University. Tara has been with KinderCare since 2020 and was an office manager before that. "As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is." -Fred Rogers. Outside of work, Tara likes to drink coffee, bake, read, play with her cat, and spend time with her family.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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.
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.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
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.)
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
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!
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!
Bringing your newborn to day care, and in our case, our first child can be very scary. You are trusting someone else with your child, hoping your child will connect with the teachers and other babies and that everything goes OK and they don't spend their day in tears. Well the only one that ended up in tears all day was me. Abigail was fine. In fact, she did better than I could have imagined. And of course after day one, I was fine too, despite thinking I was going to cry every single day I dropped her off. There is a reason I didn't cry every single day - KinderCare is that reason - and the infant room teachers specifically. I have never in my life felt so comfortable with leaving her somewhere and I have never felt so welcome. They were so nurturing and accommodating not just to my three-month-old, but to me. And that is exactly what I needed. Now my tears occur from the adorable art projects they send home and the personal touches and the day to day activities they do with my daughter. I am just as excited to drop her off at day care each morning as I am to pick her up because I know she is going to have a fun and enriching day. I tell everyone I know about the KinderCare in Webster and the amazing staff. They have allowed me and my husband to continue working and feel 100% confident in her care while we are busy at our jobs each day. Our daughter is nine months old now and is literally jumping out of our arms when she sees her teachers. We honestly could not ask for more and are so thankful that we took the tour and brought her there. By far one of the best decisions we have made for our daughter so far. A big thank you to everyone at Webster KinderCare for making our family feel so welcome and for the amazing care you provide Abby each day!”
Kristin - KinderCare Parent
We started with KinderCare in April of 2012. We have three children that now attend KinderCare, ages 1, 2 and 6. We have nothing but excellent things to say about the staff and the program. The kids absolutely love to go to KinderCare everyday and look forward too going back when they have been absent. The amount of development that we have observed in our kids is astronomical. Our one and two-year-olds are learning sign language and well beyond their years in educational development. The school age program is helping prepare my six-year-old son to exceed in his first grade class and beyond. We feel right at home each and every time we walk through the doors of our KinderCare Webster location. We never worry throughout the day whether or not the kids are being taken care of as if they were right at home with one of us. Kudos to the staff at KinderCare. They truly care about the kids!”
Herlanna J. - 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.