Day Care Center
A Rising Star Children's Center

(10 reviews)

52 Scenic Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

About A Rising Star Children's Center

A Rising Star Children's Center is more than a childcare center. At A Rising Star, Gloria Foster-Vayda and Tom Vayda have created an educational environment where children are excited about learning and are guided to discover their inner talents. For more than 17 years, A Rising Star has been the most trusted and respected childcare, preschool, and before and after-school care program in Cortlandt Manor, New York. 

With more than 40 years of combined teaching and childcare experience, Gloria and Tom have the knowledge and training to help children develop into lifelong learners who are confident and independent. Employing a focused learning style with daily objectives, lesson plans, and evaluations, the award-winning curriculum at A Rising Star encourages children to become leaders in the classroom. A Rising Star offers a full range of programs, including:

  • Infants: The program is a relationship-based model which provides experiences to support learning and development. We support healthy and caring routines such as singing to and reading for language development, crawling and climbing, discovering and developing basic motor movement
  • Toddlers: In the toddler program, kids continue to learn how to navigate the sensory-motor world while also developing the skills they’ll need in their increasingly social world via parallel and cooperative play.
  • Preschool: The preschool program includes language development, critical thinking, math concepts, science, and an awareness of the world. Learning occurs both independently and in small groups, and activities are designed to enhance cognitive learning. Our goal is experiential learning while having fun to encourage the children to be excited about learning.
  • Before- & After-school Program: The before- and after-school program is for children ages five to 12. Students participate in a range of activities, both recreational and educational. A Rising Star has a private outdoor play yard where children can get physical activity and play games together. Children are encouraged to work on their homework independently with the assistance of experienced teachers.

At A Rising Star Children’s Center, Gloria and Tom do everything with passion, intent, commitment, and integrity. For more information about the best learning center in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, visit the A Rising Star’s website or call (914) 862-4283.


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"I work as a SEIT in the school and I am very impressed with the lessons that are taught in Miss Edie's class. The class learned the letter "V" today and I took notes today on how to show the class the eruption of a volcano.."... more
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