Founded in 1970 by Jane Braitmayer Smithers, Northern Dutchess Day Care Center is a NYS licensed, nonprofit child care center providing quality care and education to children ages 18 months through 4 years in a safe and secure environment.


The Center aims to provide support for children regardless of race, creed, national origin or special needs. All the activities take place in an atmosphere of great respect for each child as an individual with his or her unique interests, learning style and pace taken into consideration.


The curriculum is carefully planned to promote cognitive, emotional, social, physical and creative development in the children, satisfying their natural desire to learn by doing. The children are included in the process of planning the activities and caring for the Center.


The environment fosters open learning and is carefully supervised by an experienced, dedicated, and skilled staff.


The Center considers an important part of its mission to assist, guide and support parents in their child’s education. The Center and its staff, together with parents, will help each child develop to his or her full potential with emphasis on self-respect and acceptance of others.