We are licensed through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. For information about daycare licensing and regulations go to www.OCFS.STATE.NY.US.
Janine Donzelli, the founder/ Executive Director of Little Ones Nursery & Daycare has over 35 years of experience in Early Childhood and is considered an expert in her field. Her credentials include an Associates in Liberal Arts, Bachelors of Business Administration, Masters in Guidance Counseling and a PhD in Early Childhood Education, is a NYS Registered Nurse as well as an International Certified Childbirth Educator(ICCE). Janine has been working with children her entire life and has 5 grown children of her own as well as 11 grandchildren (all of whom have gone through or are currently in our daycare program). Janine also works part time at the local Bellevue Hospital assisting families in welcoming their little ones into our world.
Many of the staff at Little Ones have been with us since our inception. We have a minimal turnover of staff members! All staff members are required to be cleared through the State Central Clearance, fingerprinting and an SEL clearance. Also, we receive thirty hours of training within every two years in regards to Nutrition & Health Needs of Children, Child Day Care Program Development, Safety & Security Procedures, and many more! All staff members are First Aid Certified as well as CPR Certified. Our Child Care Facilities are also qualified to administer all types of medication (MAT Certified). For more information about NYS MAT Certification go to http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/childcare/mat/default.asp.
Hours of operation are: Monday through Friday 6:30am to 5:30pm. Our Centers are closed eight Holidays per year; New Year’s Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, President’s Day, Independence Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Neither Center opens late or closes due to weather.
We accept children from ages 6 weeks through 12 years old, on a full time basis.
We supply the children with healthy, nutritious food only. All meals are provided at no additional cost to you! We also participate with the Child and Adult Care Food Program. For more information go to www.CACFP.org.
Little Ones does not have any registration fees, filing fees, holding fees, etc. We charge families for the weekly tuition and that is all!! We accept DSS subsidies from all local counties.
Every June we have “KidSight”, from the Northeast Association of the Blind at Albany, come to our facilities and do a screening of children’s eyes. Any child from 18 months to 12 years old has a free screening completed. The results of this screening are given to the parents that same day! Over the years, we have suggested that some parents take their child to an ophthalmologist due to the results of the screening and those children had needed glasses! For more information about this program you can visit their website at www.NABA-VISION.INFO.
Our rates are as follows:
Note: We do charge families for the Holidays that we are closed. Two weeks of vacation of your choosing is offered at both locations. Please inform the Director as to which weeks you will be using as vacation in advance.