Grow With Us
Owner and Founder Since 2015
I am the Lead Teacher at Berkys Day Care with 40 years of experience working with children. I have a passion working with children and I believe that we are changing education as well as our communities understanding of how children learn best. I believe these years are critical to a whole child’s development which directly effects their entire future. I believe there is nothing more important than the work we do with young children and families. Everything we do directly affects the outcomes.
Stephanie Duran is the Owner and Director at Berkys Early Development located in Valley Stream, NY. She is the Curriculum Advisor for Berkys Schools. Stephanie is an Early Childhood Educator who has over 15 years of experience and an educational background in the field of Childhood Development. She has received an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Nassau Community College, and later received a Bachelor’s degree in history with an understudy in Early Childhood Education from Queens College. She continues to study the latest developments in Early Childhood Education (ECE) to ensure that the best educational experience for all my students at Berkys Schools is provided.
Our safe, nurturing learning environment is filled with unconditional love and acceptance. We strive to develop a family feeling within each class. Our school is a place where children desire to be and will never forget, a place that will positively influence them for years to come.
Each child is a special person with unique gifts and talents. Through a holistic approach to child development, we set high expectations and goals for each child by stimulating and encouraging physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development.
Our children are given the opportunity to create, solve problems and develop deeper thinking skills in an environment designed to engage without over-stimulation. We work closely with the children to develop rich learning spaces that balance play and structure in a format that develops creativity and self-awareness within each child.
Communication is critical and comes in many forms. We teach the children how to communicate respectfully in order to get their needs met; make lasting friendships; and solve problems by leading through example. We seek to establish a collaborative relation between parents and teachers, sharing information and ideas to create a supportive partnership for each child.
We believe that raising a child takes a family and our school is your family. Parents have the opportunity to participate in the classroom, on the playground and in influencing the development of our school. We offer parent education in the classroom, through newsletter and written material. We understand that each family’s situation is unique, and our goal is to offer classes that meet the specific needs of our families.
These energetic little ones are growing and learning, so we channel their energy into positive learning moments by giving them ample room to move and explore. Here, toddlers receive encouragement and guidance toward the growth of their physical skills and emerging milestones: Stimulating classroom environments, exclusive milestone-based curriculum, immersive learning experiences and educational toys and activities.
The Preschool and Pre-K Program offers a wide variety of experiences. Through weekly themes, the children learn new concepts, allowing them to expand their play and to share individual interest and ideas. This warm, nurturing classroom environment encourages collaboration and individual growth. In a playful space, filled with fun and friendship, children get a jumpstart on the essential readiness skills to begin their academic career in kindergarten: Problem solving, implementing language in learning and collaborative social skills.
In the morning, we set your child up for success during the school day by offering a consistent morning routine with opportunities for calming activities, free play, and a whole group activity designed to encourage students to set a goal for their day ahead.
My husband and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity for our son Kaden to attend Berkys Day Care. I felt really good every morning dropping my son off to an environment that is so loving and nurturing. This day care provided my son with all the prerequisites that are required to start kindergarten. For example, coloring, tracing, drawing, writing, shapes, colors, foreign languages, social skills, numbers, and letters. Ms. Berkys and her staff have managed to create an effective learning environment, where the children are always actively engaged. I want to commend Berkys Day Care for setting a strong foundation for excellence and learning achievement. I would highly recommend this day care without hesitation. KUDOS to Berkys Day Care for setting the bar high. Thank you for making parents and guardians feel confident, when leaving their children in your care. Much Appreciated!!!Rakiya P. Deer Park, NY: Parent
Berky's Daycare is AMAZING. I know my boys are being well taken care of and learning everyday. My son wakes up every morning and looks forward to going to Berky's. Very organized and presentable. Wish I found this daycare are sooner! I recommend this daycare to those parents who want the best care for their little one.Maleni D. Deer Park, NY: Parent
Trusted my daughter with Mrs Berkys and her staff for 2 years. Her program enriches children both academically and emotionally. She teaches the children about a variety of topics age appropriately and even teaches Spanish! When my daughter started kindergarten I realized alot of the material had already been introduced through her attendance at Mrs Berkys. Mrs Berkys is always ensuring the children have new experiences. She goes out of her way to ensure there are new supplies, toys and activities to keep children engaged. Mrs Berkys and her staff were always kind and fair, good social skills such as being caring, respectful, kind and thoughtful were always stressed throughout my daughters care. Most of all Mrs Berkys and all of her staff are kind hearted, caring people who truly care about your child. I knew that my daughter was always in good hands!Ayla F. Deer Park, NY: Parent
My daughter spend 3 years at Berkys day care. Before putting her in there I looked at many others. My heart did not settle. Once I met berkys I knew my daughter would be safe and I felt home when I walked in. My daughter warmed up to them right away. Never was a time where I had to worry about her. Of course I always watched the camera's anyways for the first year.... lol Berkys Daycare left an impact on my daughter forever. She's learned so much from them in many department. Still to this day my daughter talks about them and always ask to go visit them. Especially MR Nelson ..lol. They gave my daughter a second home and a second family for life. I write this review because I'm a mother and I know the feeling of looking for great education and safe place for our children. Berkys day care has it all!!!'Christine M. North Babylon, NY: Parent
Our family has had an amazing experience here! My son Jack attended for three years and learn so much. I always be thankful to Ms.Berkys and staff. They are warm,loving and dedicated to their student's well being. We love Berkys Day care!Jackie M. West Babylon, NY: Parent
I have been so lucky since I found Berkys Daycare They've been taken care of my daughter since she is three years old My daughter Loves to go there every single day ,now she's in kindergarten and she still goes to the afterschool program . We as a parents worry about who is going to take to take care or where they are going to be if they're going to be in a safe place, I always say your first answer is from my child like I said my daughter loves to go Berkys Day Care All the time . I would definitely recommend Berkys daycare I give them my 5stars. Thank you so much Berkys Day Care you have done a great job.Nimia S. Deer Park, NY: Parent