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A Warm, Creative and Stimulating
Environment for Young Children

Established in 1981, Katonah Playcare Early Learning Center is a preschool located in Katonah, New York, serving children ages 2 years to 5 years of age.

From the Directors
From the directors

Thank you for your interest in Katonah Playcare Early Learning Center. We are proud to be celebrating over 40 years of providing quality preschool education for children between the ages of two and five. Our highly qualified staff of Early Childhood Educators is dedicated to creating fun, hands on, and developmentally appropriate experiences for your child.


Choosing the right preschool is an important decision, and we would be delighted to welcome your family to Katonah Playcare Early Learning Center.


Gail Porter and Jeannine DiBart


Our Philosophy

A Pioneering Approach to Early Education

creating life-long learners

Our main goal is to establish a strong foundation for each child to reach their individual potential. We aim to build self-confidence and emotional security in a trusting environment, where children are treated with respect. A gentle structure and consistent guidelines help each child feel confident in taking risks. Warmth and an understanding of child development are the key ingredients used to encourage positive self-esteem. 


reaching the whole child 

At Katonah Playcare Early Learning Center, each month explores a different theme. These themes are a vehicle for presenting age-appropriate concepts and skills. In using this approach, we touch upon all aspects of childrens' growth and development. Everything is taught in a way that engages the senses and has the children actively involved in their learning.


Partnering with your Family

Family involvement is vital to the success of your child’s preschool education. We very much believe in the connection between school and home and encourage open communication. Our curriculum allows families to participate in many ways.

the kpcelc Tree

Katonah Playcare ELC is a warm, creative, and stimulating environment that encompasses all aspects of a child’s growth and development.

To us, the tree represents the child and the branches, surrounded by vibrant colors, symbolize the social, emotional, and academic growth that happens here at KPCELC.


We, the Directors and teachers, work to nurture a strong, fertile, and stable foundation for each and every child. As well, we provide a safe place for children to learn and grow. We want to develop, preserve and enrich each child’s sense of wonder and creativity. To us, our symbol embodies all of these important tenets of our school. 

Meet our

Our teachers share in your child’s excitement of discovery. They aim to engage the children in skillful problem solving where they can apply their learning to challenges not only in school, but also in their communities, in their world and in their lives.

kpcelc In the community

Katonah Playcare ELC is located within the historic hamlet of Katonah, NY. We take advantage of our wonderful town in many ways, from walking to the library to meet the town librarians, to mailing letters right at the Katonah Post Office, to partnering with the Community Center of Northern Westchester for outreach programs such as their Diaper Drive and Holiday Food Drive. We also have worked with the Katonah United Methodist Church, whose building we are located in, to make Valentine cards for church members. We are always looking for opportunities to be involved in our amazing community!

in the community
kpcelc In the news

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