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Pattycake Playhouse named Best Daycare & Best Nursery School by Times Herald Record!
Year-after-year Pattycake Playhouse has been recognized by the community and voted Best Daycare and Best Nursery School. We are proud to have enjoyed this accolade for the SEVENTH YEAR IN A ROW! We strive for excellence every day and are proud that you recognize our commitment to you and your children.

Pattycake Playhouse named Medium Business of the Year
Pattycake Playhouse was recognized as Orange County Chamber of Commerce Medium Business of the Year during the Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Awards Reception.

“Known for the quality of its early childhood education and care in Orange County for over 25 years, Pattycake Playhouse continues to grow now with three locations. In addition to providing compassionate child care, the company and its employees are deeply committed to local philanthropy and community service.”

Thank you to our families, teachers, administration, and community for making this possible!

Best of the Hudson Valley –

Pattycake Playhouse has won Best of the Hudson Valley the last TWO YEAR IN A ROW for both Best Day Care and Best Nursery School by Hudson Valley Magazine

Pattycake Playhouse also has received recognition and awards from

  • Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
  • Senator John J. Bonacic
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrandt
  • Senator James Skoufis
  • Senator William Larkin
  • Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther
  • Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus

My daughter is very cautious and tentative by nature. Entrusting her to “strangers” was very difficult for the entire family. However, it has been a joy to watch her flourish at Pattycake. She has made numerous friends and adores many of the teachers—some of which never even had her in their classroom! I believe one of the most significant factors differentiating Pattycake from other facilities is truly the warmth of the staff. They have helped my daughter adapt, and when necessary, they have accommodated her needs. As a working mother, I can’t express how much it means to me to know my daughter is in a nurturing environment with staff that really care about her.

—Stacey Sorbello (Pattycake Playhouse) Mother of Little Miss Sorbello

We have two children in Pattycake, ages eight and three. Our eight year old has been at Pattycake since she was eight months old and our three year old has been there since he was four and a half months old. We wouldn’t dream of having our children go to any other daycare center/after school program. We can’t say enough about the quality of care they receive on a daily basis. The passion that Donna and Michelle have for children and making Pattycake a great place is obvious. They are offering constant training/programs for their staff and parents, as well as educational and fun activities for the children each and every day. When we drop our children off in the morning, we know that they are receiving the best care that they can in a loving and nurturing environment. Michelle, Donna, and the rest of the staff are a part of our extended family and we are truly grateful for their role in our children’s lives. We are very blessed to have such great partners in raising our two children!

—Michelle & Steve Conrad (Pattycake Playhouse) Parents of the Conrad Kids

It was a difficult decision to work after having my first son. However, it did not take long for me to feel like the teachers and staff at Pattycake embraced him and helped him learn, thrive, and grow in ways I could only hope for. Now, both of my boys are at Pattycake and it has become like a second home to them. I am continually impressed by the warm and nurturing environment each class has offered to my boys. My boys are very different, and yet each classroom teacher has taken the time to get to know and appreciate their differences; teaching to their very different learning and personality styles. I am also impressed by the training and emphasis on learning that they encourage in their staff members. Every time I turn around, they are offering more programs, equipment, or completely changing the classroom around to make it an even more stimulating environment for the children. We love Pattycake! [/testimonial

—Kate Bento (Pattycake Playhouse) Mother of the Bento Boys

Our son Ryder started Pattycake when he was 22 months old in the Toddler room. This is our first experience with a child care center and needless to say we were very nervous. Ryder had only been cared for by grandparents and a close family friend. It took about a month of adjustment, and since then he loves Pattycake. His teachers, Miss Michelle and Miss Kim, genuinely care about Ryder and his well-being. I know when we drop Ryder off in the morning, that he will have a fun day with his friends and be very well cared for. Without questions, Pattycake is the best child care center in the area. Donna and Michelle have really thought about what it takes to offer high quality care and education. The actual facility is super clean and very well thought out. The playground outside is separated by age group which was a key selling point for us. We feel very secure with leaving Ryder in the hands of caring professionals with no worries at all.

—Liz and Rob Kucharek (Pattycake Playhouse) Parents of Ryder

Making the decision to go back to work after being home with my boys for two and a half years was difficult, but not nearly as difficult as deciding who was as capable as myself to take care of them. I couldn’t imagine anyone else knowing what they liked and what they needed. Especially, when my youngest was only 13 months old I took my 2 1/2 year old to visit a few daycare facilities and could tell by his reaction that no matter what I thought of them, it was probably not a good fit for him. When we visited Pattycake Playhouse II, he had a completely different reaction. He seemed calm and at home meeting everyone. I knew right away that it was the place for them. I will also say that I was very thorough and called the licensing agency to get information on which daycare facilities had received citations and for what. At that point, Pattycake Playhouse II was the only one that I inquired about that had never been cited at all for anything. From the first day, I was able to go to work and know that I didn’t have to worry about if my boys were happy. They have learned so many social skills as well as academic skills that I cannot even begin to mention. And let’s not forget that it has THE BEST playground I have EVER seen!! We have been there for over two years now and I highly recommend this place to anyone who asks where my kids go.

—Susanne Vaeth (Pattycake Playhouse) Mother of Gehrig and Aiden

When I first started my search for a daycare for my daughter Ava, I was hesitant and skeptical of many places that I visited. Nothing felt right until I visited Pattycake Playhouse in Newburgh. It was everything I could have asked for and more! The first thing that I noticed was the cleanliness and bright colors! It was also very reassuring to see children’s artwork and accomplishments proudly displayed everywhere, which contributed so much to their happy and friendly atmosphere. The staff is also very warm and inviting, and they genuinely care about all of the children. The teacher-to-student ratio makes me feel very comfortable because I know that I’m leaving my child in good hands. Safety is always a priority, and I greatly appreciate how much attention to detail everyone on site has. As an extra bonus, my daughter has developed so many skills since she started attending Pattycake that she will carry with her once she starts kindergarten. There are also so many fun and educational activities for the children to do and it’s great that they take several field-trips throughout the year. I am so happy that I found such a great place for my daughter, and I only wish I would have discovered it sooner. Pattycake Playhouse has given Ava such a great foundation and it will be very sad for me as a parent, and for Ava herself to have to say goodbye once it’s finally time for her to graduate.

—Rosa Collazo (Pattycake Playhouse) Mother of Ava (age 5)

Our 4+ year old son Jimmy has been attending Pattycake Playhouse for over two years now. We really like the fact that it is a secure environment with an electronic keychain required at the door for entry by authorized family members only. The outside playground area is second to none and has several peddle cars, jungle gyms, huts and swings to keep the kids active. Plus the entire area has a padded astro turf like material which is a lot safer than a gravel surface for times when the little ones get their usual scrapes and bruises. The outside play area is completely fenced in and very well supervised too. The teachers and ownership are very accessible and have been willing to field questions, requests or phone calls if needed at anytime of day without exception.. Overall Pattycake Playhouse is a clean, safe and well run establishment. I would recommend this facility to any parent who wants a really nice colorful environment for their little one to spend the day !!

—Michael and Michelle Pomarico (Pattycake Playhouse) Parents of Jimmy (age 4)

I am so pleased with Pattycake Playhouse! I cannot say enough great things about the preschool as a whole. The staff are smart, warm, professional, and super creative! My daughter has been exposed to so many different things that have really allowed her to progress as a child ready to conquer kindergarten! Thank you!

—Catherine Rivieccio (Pattycake Playhouse) Mother of Bianca (age 4)

As most parents are, I was a little apprehensive about having to put my son into daycare.  When it comes down to it, it’s all about trusting someone else with your child. My son has been attending Pattycake for almost a year now and I can truly say that it is an AMAZING place with an AMAZING staff!! I am completely at ease, as I know that he is in great, caring and loving hands.  He absolutely loves going…  Playing and interacting with the other children and teachers!!  He has learned so much in his short time there and I know that it will only continue. I would recommend Pattycake to anyone and everyone looking into daycare.

—Tara Saunders (Pattycake Playhouse) Mother of Landen (age 1)

Safety is the most important aspect to me when it comes to my kids. I appreciate how much attention you put on keeping my baby safe, from door security to classroom routines.

—Wendy Miano (Pattycake Playhouse) Mother of Alexis (9 months)