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When you are taking the Palisades Parkway, get off exit 4, route 9W. Turn onto 9W north. You will see a sign that says welcome to New York, then pass the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, keep going on 9W, around the bend. Then make the next right into our driveway. There is a green wooden sign that says 135 Route 9W private drive. If you hit a traffic light you have gone to far. When you are taking 9W to the center, from upper Rockland County, you take 9W south all the way down into Palisades. You are getting close to the center when you pass Rockland Country Club on the right, then IBM on the right, then you will hit a four way traffic light. You go through the traffic light and we are the 5th driveway on the left. There is a green wooden sign that says 135 Route 9W Private Drive.

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Welcome to Lamont Doherty Child Development Center

A great place to learn, discover, and grow!

The Lamont Doherty Child Development Center is located on the campus of Columbia University's extension site in Palisades, NY on over 250 acres of amazing land. We are just over the border of Bergen County, New Jersey near Northvale, Norwood, and Harrington Park. The children are able to play outside on one of our three playgrounds, go on nature walks, and even go see the animals on the farm down the pathway. The curriculum we use is Bright Horizons' World at Their Fingertips. Each classroom is lead by a dynamic team of teachers that will reach your child's needs and help them grow. All children are encouraged to explore different cultures through a variety of books, music and diverse learning materials. The Well Aware component of our curriculum helps children develop an awareness of the importance of healthy living; including movement, good health habits and nutrition. Come and see why families feel like we are a home away from home for them. ...

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What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"Sonia, we parents missed you so much that we had a meltdown when we thought you might not come back to the classroom RIGHT NOW! (The children were more understanding.) We love you and we're thrilled you're back."

Our Center Programs & Services

Here are a few of our best features.

Full- and part-time early education and preschool, Drop-in / emergency-care, Summer camp

Upcoming Events

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  • Apr 26

    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Lamont-Doherty Open House 2017

    Attend an Open House event to learn why we're a leader in early childhood education, and how we'll support your family to make your child feel at home. Walk-in's are welcome.

  • Apr 27

    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Lamont-Doherty Open House 2017

    Attend an Open House event to learn why we're a leader in early childhood education, and how we'll support your family to make your child feel at home. Walk-in's are welcome.

  • Apr 28

    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Lamont-Doherty Open House 2017

    Attend an Open House event to learn why we're a leader in early childhood education, and how we'll support your family to make your child feel at home. Walk-in's are welcome.

Featured Parent Webinar

Quality Early Education: Choosing What's Best for Your Child


We talk to education experts from the National Association for the Education for Young Children (NAEYC) to get insider tips on what to look for in a quality early childhood education program. You’ll hear how NAEYC sets standards and how to select the option best suited to your child’s unique needs.

Bright Horizons Parent Community

Helping dad when mom goes back to workThe Bright Horizons Parent Community is a great place for parents and educators to share ideas, get perspectives and ask questions. Looking for info on potty training your toddler or how to get your preschooler started with chores? This is the place for you.

Bright Spaces Help Children in Crisis

Bright Horizons Foundation for ChildrenBright Spaces - special places for children in homeless and domestic violence shelters and other agencies - help children experiencing trauma. Bright Horizons teachers and employees help create Bright Spaces, support them through volunteering, and make a difference across hundreds of communities and serve thousands of children each year. To learn more, including how you could be involved, visit Making Connections Through Bright Spaces, a digital magazine celebrating the impact our programs make in people's lives.

 

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Meals

Nutritious snacks and lunch provided daily

Get involved in our Enrichment Activities

Because knowledge is more than just the ABC's.

At the Lamont Doherty Child Development Center, we offer Enrichment Programs for the children.  These programs are offered at NO COST for our families.  
  • Music & Movement class
  • Gym class 
  • Yoga class 
  • Infant sign language
  • Movement Matters
  • Spanish

Please call the center at 845-848-2665 for more information

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