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About Us

preschool teacher and students

Our Philosophy:

It is the philosophy of our preschool that early childhood should be a time of fun, warmth, security, exploration and discovery.

Preschool children are creative and receptive; the program strives to nurture and encourage these qualities in its students.

Our objective is to provide an atmosphere that encourages social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth and the development of the child as a whole.

Our Goals:

  • To provide a loving, nurturing and engaging environment which enables children to open their minds and hearts.

  • To provide experiences that meet children's needs in their physical, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual development.

  • To enhance in children a sense of their own self-worth and a positive feeling toward learning.

  • To provide a program of activities that develop communication and learning skills.

  • To develop social skills through play and through interaction with adults and their peers.

About The School:

Little Pals Preschool hires only qualified and dedicated staff who share our philosophy and goals. We are a New York State licensed Day Care and NYS Department of Education registered. Therefore, Little Pals has met all stringent safety, health, and educational requirements. Furthermore, under the direction of Angela Nardo, a speech-language pathologist, the staff applies strategies to encourage language development and language use throughout all activities.


Our language based curriculum is supported by learning centers throughout each classroom that encourage exploration and creativity, as well as, communication skills. Centers include: Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Music, Pretend Play, Blocks, Fine Motor Manipulations, Sand/Water Table and Arts & Crafts. Our curriculum has been expanded to meet NYS Core Standards. We have added the "Handwriting Without Tears" program as well. Also, we incorporated the NYS "Eat Well, Play Hard" nutritional program into our curriculum. Our goal is to help develop the child as a whole.

We are a New York State Certified Day Care facility. We offer day care services before and after our preschool programs, as well as, after school care for kindergartners and first graders. Our facility is clean, bright, secured (new surveillance and entry system) and just minutes from major commuter routes (i.e. Route 17 and 87-Thruway). Our hours of operation are 7:30AM to 6PM, Monday thru Friday.


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see our facility!

Director and
Head Teachers
are CPR &
First Aid Certified


  • Director:

    • Angela Nardo, MS-CCC-SLP

      • Orange County Speech Provider

      • Speech Therapy and Evaluations on premises

  • Office Manager:

    • Yisy Jimenez

  • Three Year Old Class:

    • Teacher: Melissa Graziano

    • Teaching Asst: Gina Maloney

    • Teaching Asst: Anjalie             Nanayakkara

  • Four Year Old Classes:

    • Teacher: Pam Hickey

    • Teacher: Enda Kern

    • Teaching Asst: Christine Boulos

    • Teacher: Lauren Whittemore

    • Teaching Asst: Kristie Tullino

    • Teaching Asst: Lorrisa Esparra

  • Infant Room:

    • Teacher: Meghan Luedke

    • Teacher Asst: Emma Kelly

  • Toddler Room Step 1:

    • Teacher:  Gwenn Downes

    • Teaching  Asst: Jessica Nardo

  • Toddler Room Step 2:

    • Teacher: Julianna Morales

    • Teaching Asst: Stacey Fairweather

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