BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO
Co-owners Marie Kaminski (seated left) and Deanna Poudrier (seated right) with teachers (from left) Michele Plitt, Michele Clacher and Heather Catanzaro and several pre-kindergarten students.
Owners: Marie Kaminski and Deanna Johnsson-Poudrier
Year established: 2003
Location: 4492 Middle Country Road, Calverton
The mission of the school, now in its eighth year, is “to provide a quality environment for preschool children, where they can explore, create, experience and learn through a variety of creative, play-based, artistic and musical activities,” according to owners Marie Kaminski and Deanna Johnsson-Pondrier. They incorporate creative arts into their programs, allowing children outlets for self-expression and personal creativity.
Nursery classes are available for children ages 2 to 3, and Pre-K Readiness classes, taught by a certified teacher, are available for 4-year-olds.
Morning classes run from 9 to 11:45 a.m.; afternoon classes, from 12:15 to 3 p.m. Two-, three- or five-day enrollment schedules are available.
Summer camp programs, beginning July 12, will also be available, with a morning class from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., with five weekly themes. Afternoon camp programs include Art Exploration for ages 2-5, Handwriting Without Tears for children entering kindergarten, and Piano Kids for ages 4 and up.
The school’s teachers, members of Suffolk Child Care Council and National Association for the Education of Young Children, are experienced in early childhood education. Find out more online about the Break Time Club and birthday parties at lyricalchildren.com