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Our Goals:

+To provide a safe, welcoming, creative environment where children learn to share, cooperate and negotiate, all invaluable life skills.

+To prepare our children for future success

We strive to help our “Peanuts”:

-Build self confidence and a good self image

-Learn to care for others

-Show respect for peers, adults and the environment

-Learn to function independently

-Grow socially, physically, intellectually, cognitively and emotionally

-Learn at their own pace and not be afraid to make mistakes

-Be willing to try new things

-Enjoy the process rather than the product

-Learn how to be a productive part of a group

-Develop communication skills

-Be creative, curious and motivated to learn

.Meet the Directors!  Sandy Smith & Anne Cacciola

Sandy Smith has her Master’s degree in Early Childhood and is a certified teacher, nursery-6th grade.  Sandy has been working with children for over 20 years.  She worked as the co-director/owner of a group-family daycare here in Farmingdale for 6 years before opening Peanuts Nursery School in 1997.  She was Educational Director of a large daycare center and was a nursery school teacher and Camp Director.  She is also the mother of 2 children, Samantha and Dylan.

    Anne Cacciola has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology.  Anne too has had a lot of experience working with children (over 25 years) prior to opening Peanuts.  She was co-director/owner with Sandy in Peanuts Daycare for 6 years.  Before that, she had been Assistant Director at a large camp and was a counselor at a camp for emotionally disturbed children.  Anne is the mother of 2 children, Franny and Frankie.

    In addition to being business partners, Anne and Sandy have been good friends for over 25 years and were roommates in college for 4 years.