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The youngest learners at Excellence are well on their way to a lifetime of learning with our Infant-Toddler Program. Infants as young as six weeks old are involved with stimulating, hands-on play. Excellence is a place for love, growth, and discovery. Each activity is designed to assist your child achieve developmental milestones while he has fun at the same time.


Excellence knows the importance of nurturing when it comes to babies. Providing plenty of hugs, love, and personal attention is something we include throughout our Infant-Toddler Program. Your baby will enjoy singing, giggling, reading, cuddling and, of course, Tummy Time in our safe, secure, state-of-the-art facility.


Our Excellence Infant-Toddler Program includes:

a comforting place that focuses on love and trust

sign language techniques to maximize communication skills

daily exercises and activities designed to coincide with physical development

daily reports and weekly lesson plans to keep you informed of your child's development

Adventure and Growth

Learning centers, with educational and developmentally appropriate toys designed for learning, create a bright and exciting environment for your child. Expanding the imagination and strengthening the muscles has never been more fun!


Weekly lesson plans provide activities designed to develop skills necessary to accomplish developmental milestones. Our extensive Infant-Toddler Sign Language Program, which is known to eliminate frustration for children who have yet to form their verbal vocabulary, introduces age-appropriate language skills for non-verbal communication.


The Infant Program

There are four essential components to our Infant program:


language development

physical development

cognitive development

social and emotional development

Excellence believes in balancing fun with fitness and learning with laughter. Communicating, crawling, creating and exploring underscore the meaning behind developing the whole child.


Love and Laughs

At this tender age, there's no such thing as too much love, too many hugs, or too many giggles. As babies grow into toddlers, it's imperative to create strong bonds with families and caregivers. At Excellence, you know your child is being loved, hugged and nurtured from the very beginning and as she continues to develop. That's the Excellence difference!




The Toddler Curriculum includes

Toddlers are always on the move, excited and exploring the world around them! Excellence understands the curiosity and readiness of toddlers and creates a challenging and kid-paced day to fulfill these needs.


Our Excellence Infant-Toddler Program grows along with your child, building on previous knowledge and providing new challenges.


hands-on projects designed to stimulate the toddler mind

a structured learning plan designed to meet your child's developmental needs

problem-solving challenges and puzzles

a fun, safe play environment for personal discovery and adventure

a rich educational environment filled with science, math, language, drama, music, art and more

daily reports for you on the progress of your child including updates on naps, toilet training and meals

close attention to each and every toddler to maximize personal growth

lots of hugs and giggles

The Toddler Program

Our program works to strengthen all aspects of your growing toddler's development:


building language - Through additional sign language skills, your toddler learns to communicate with caregivers and other children so her individual needs are more easily met.

stories and songs - Exciting stories and an array of silly, fun songs help your toddler's imagination continue to grow while he learns those important skills needed for the next developmental level.

creativity - Our facilities are designed with imagination in mind. As your toddler develops, she will continue to explore her abilities in music, art, and drama with the help of our developmentally-appropriate learning centers in each classroom. Our state-of-the-art facilities encourage creativity and imagination.

fine and gross motor skills - With your toddler on the move, a busy body is a healthy body! Whether he is crawling, walking, reaching, or tossing, we help your child learn all about his body and celebrate his accomplishments both great and small.

social interaction - When children enter into the world of toddlerhood, they become aware of the world around them. We believe that healthy, happy children understand the importance of friendship and harmony with their teachers and peers. Excellence is designed to maximize friendly interactions between each child and her teachers, no matter the nationality, religious belief, or cultural differences.

A Hug Above the Rest

We know that toddlers lead a very active lifestyle, and that is why our staff is prepared for the occasional boo-boo. We have developed a special place in our schools where your child can rest and receive the tender loving care he deserves. Our staff is highly qualified in First Aid as well as in “making it all better.”


A hug, a nod, an understanding smile, the comfort and safety of being with people who care—that's the Excellence difference.




We are here to help grow your preschoolers!

The daily adventures continue into preschool, and with them come the steppingstones for a lifetime of learning with our Excellence Preschool Curriculum. Our goal is to help equip your child for the challenges ahead. Supporting each child during this time in his life helps to instill a sense of confidence and accomplishment while he basks in his daily successes.


Preschoolers are continuing their learning adventure with a desire to do things on their own and make new discoveries. That's why we've designed our Preschool Program to fulfill the preschool mind.


Our standards-based Preschool Curriculum is divided into weekly, theme-based units. We introduce Words of the Week to strengthen and increase vocabularies and develop character. Group exercises, as well as individual skills practice, complement your child's developmental growth and provide him with many opportunities to explore his personal interests.  Weekly Character Connections develop strong, positive character traits and boost self-esteem in every child. 


Growing Minds, Growing Up

As children enter preschool, the Excellence Curriculum shifts to accommodate a more planned structure, preparing preschoolers for the academic schedules they'll soon find in elementary school.


The Preschool Curriculum includes:

Child-directed learning which allows preschoolers to process and self-regulate their own decisions

Language, physical, and cognitive development that focuses on learning curves needed for developmental milestones

Small group activities that are planned for every child throughout each day

Literacy and writing activities which are age-appropriate and provided daily

Activities and music to balance learning and fun

Emotional and social development with peers and teachers

Planned outdoor activities that promote physical fitness and development

Daily enrichment activities to encourage imaginative and creative play

Progress reports that inform parents of children's daily accomplishments

Decision-making skills to support growing minds

Our Advanced Approach

Each day at Kids `R` Kids, children spend their time exploring, learning, and accomplishing new skills. The value of "playtime" should not be underestimated in a preschool learning environment. Kids `R` Kids, through decades of working with and observing children, understands that as children work and play in well-designed learning stations, they learn to make good choices because there is purpose in their play.


Your child learns critical developmental skills throughout each of our learning stations. Here are just a few examples of what each learning station offers your preschool child:


Construction Station - Architecture, vocabulary, eye-hand coordination and cooperation

Imagination Station - Social skills, self-confidence and respect

Library and Literature Station - Listening skills, word recognition and oral language skills

Writing Station - Eye-hand coordination, name recognition and self-expression

Exploration Station - Classification, problem-solving and sequencing

Discovery Station - Experimentation, exploration and prediction

Sensory Station - Fine-motor skills, measuring and creativity

Music and Movement Station - Listening, teamwork and patterning

As Preschool children grow through our curriculum, Excellence keeps in mind the essential “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy. Preschoolers need encouragement and praise as they learn to share, problem-solve, and respect their parents, teachers and peers. That's just another reason why a solid foundation, beginning with a loving environment, is essential for every child's success.






Continue to nurture your preschooler's mind at AOE!

The Excellence Pre-Kindergarten program is filled with enjoyable activities for any child. This is the next stop on your child's way toward elementary learning. Here, learning is driven by student development and imagination. Our program meets and exceeds national standards, has literature-based units, and addresses all learning styles. The program's goal is to help each child succeed to his fullest potential, which is why each unit of study was developed with the learner in mind.


Pre-Kindergarten activities include large and small hands-on groups, independent activities, and realistic application. The learning stations and curriculum were designed to build children's comprehension. Through independent and cooperative learning strategies, children are able to apply thought, imagination, and creativity into their educational experiences.


This program is broken down into three categories: academic introductions, individual and group activities, and station opportunities. The academic introductions are group learning sessions where students are introduced to subject matter. Our individual and group activities help students apply what they have learned and focus on building individual comprehension. Pre-Kindergarten station opportunities provide the following:


Alphabet Station helps children build their language skills.

Art Station presents free-choice art experiences that develop skills and imagination.

Construction Station develops spatial awareness through stacking, sorting, building, and recreating.

Dramatic Play Station encourages individual and group role play activities with realistic and imaginary props.

Number Station lets children apply math skills with a variety of materials and strategies.

Reading Station promotes independent reading and a love of books.

Science/Sensory Station allows children to experiment with materials.

Writing Station encourages beginning letter formation through a variety of materials and activities.

Children continue to learn about themselves and the environment around them in an atmosphere permeated with the Excellence philosophy of “Hug First, Then Teach.” Teachers encourage and praise children for their accomplishments, building their self-esteem and creating memorable learning experiences with them.






As your Pre-Kindergarten student rises to Kindergarten, the choice is clear…

Excellence is here! Our Private Kindergarten program is enriched with a standards-based curriculum, wonderful learning stations, and an abundance of creative learning activities students will enjoy. It is based on national and state standards with weekly units comprised of academic lessons and literature-based activities. Our program's goal is to meet the needs of each student while implementing positive learning strategies.


In addition to advanced curriculum, our program will include daily instruction on the SmartBoard in the technology center. It will also include weekly specials such as: computer lab, music, Spanish, and gymnastics. The class size will be limited for ideal individual and group instruction and led by a certified teacher. "Watch me Grow" access will be granted to parents so they can watch their children throughout the day via the internet. The program will also be supplemented by educational field trips to enchance the childrens` learning experience.


Specifically, the Excellence Kindergarten curriculum was designed for continuous educational growth. Our Kindergarten program was designed with six academic categories: social studies, science, language and literacy, mathematics, character development, and creative expression. Independent and small group activities develop and reinforce student understanding of the subject material. These activities also build independent and cooperative learning skills.


Literacy Activities help children build their language skills.

Mathematics Activities develop children's understanding of number concepts as well as beginning arithmetic and problem-solving skills.

Small Group Discovery provides daily enrichments and station enhancement activities.

Art Station presents free-choice art opportunities.

Construction Station develops spatial awareness through stacking, sorting, building, and recreating.

Dramatic Play Station encourages individual and group role play activities with realistic and imaginary props.

Library Station promotes independent reading and a love of books.

Sensory Station allows children to experiment with a variety of materials.

Excellence believes establishing a positive learning environment where children are “hugged first, then taught” will help them reach their potential and develop a love for learning.




Before / After School


Learning Outside the Box

We understand that for many busy, working parents it is challenging to find an enriching atmosphere for before- and after-school care.


Excellence has developed a truly innovative program for Before- and After-School Care, School Holidays, and Summer Camp. We instill a continued love of learning for children 5 through 12 years old. We are also excited to offer homework help, supervised activities, and child-directed play to pique your child`s interests in a safe, friendly, and clean environment.


A Breath of Fresh Air

Our Before- and After-School Program focuses on making learning fun. We welcome the Before- and After-School children to an environment with plenty of opportunities to unwind and just enjoy being a kid! From our large activity room to the spacious outdoor playground designed especially for the older child, Excellence meets all the requirements to captivate and satisfy the needs of the school-age child.


Helping Hands, Helping Hearts

At Excellence, your child can relax, knowing that he belongs in a loving, supportive environment and is encouraged to create lasting friendships and connections with his teachers and classmates.

Our “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy still holds true in the Before- and After-School Program. Excellence fosters loving kindness, respect, and understanding in every facet of our approach.


The Benefits

Our Before- and After-School Program has many incredible features:


We Open Early! Excellence opens at 6:00 a.m. in many locations which serve the varying shifts of working and busy families.

The Excellence Homework Help Club is designed to relieve some of the stress homework may bring to your child and fosters a sense of support and encouragement. Our teachers are available for necessary homework help. This promotes a healthy beginning, middle, and end to another successful school year and adds more quality time for your family.

The Discovery Zone presents exciting aspects of earth science and the environmental needs of our communities. From identifying rocks to learning about the benefits of recycling, your child will see how she can learn about the earth and make a difference for future generations.

The Nova Zone addresses artistic expression that appeals to the theater buff in your child. He can perform a short play, write a puppet show, or help direct a musical.

The Open-Air Zone provides trivia games, group activities, and board games for kids who love a challenge with an added twist of fun. It is a wonderful social experience your child will never forget.

The Construction Zone offers an array of sought-after hobbies which have never been so much fun. Here, your child can explore cooking, baking, crafts, and various other teacher-supervised activities to expand her knowledge.

The Media Center brings change to our world with technology! To keep your child on the leading-edge, we offer the newest and most advanced games the educational media offers.

Summer Camp


Come in and take a tour for your 2014 Summer Camp needs! 

A little information about our summer camp:


Accepted ages: ENTERING 1st grade-12 years old.

2-3 field trips a week; Additional in-house field trips

On site spray water park- each week

Curriculum to support themes

Cooking, Science, Book Club, Art, Craft Projects - each week

Community Service Activities

Choose weeks of attendance

All inclusive tuition (field trips, food, supplies, etc)

Internet camera acess


Academy of Excellence

178-36 Wexford Terrace

Jamaica Estates, NY 11432

Tel: (718) 523-4400/4600

Hours: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM


Center of Excellence

Springfield Gardens

127-08 Merrick Blvd.

Jamaica, NY 11434

Tel: (718) 276-8200/8201

Hours: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM




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