New preschool opens

ALTAMONT — Kids Care Preschool is opening its doors on Sept. 8, offering a hands-on, concept-based program for 3- to 5-year-olds; 2-year-olds are considered on an individual basis. 

As the name implies, the preschool’s focus is to help children understand the value of caring — for friends and family, animal friends, the Earth, and community.  Children will use problem-solving and decision-making skills to create a “care plan” for each unit. Both field trips and in-house guests will enrich classroom activities.

“Children will experience how they can make a difference in the lives of others, even as a preschooler,” according to a release from the school.

Regular parent sessions are offered throughout the year.  “How to Facilitate Healthy Language Development in Your Young Child” will be scheduled this September.

Another session — “No is not a Dirty Word” (also known as “How to Set Limits and Make Them Stick”) — will be held cooperatively with another area preschool and scheduled in October.  Parents Night Out is planned for the holidays.

Kids Care Preschool is housed in St. John’s Lutheran Church on Maple Avenue in Altamont. It will operate a 2½-hour day and follow the Guilderland schools calendar.  Children may be enrolled for two, three, or five days.  For more information, visit Kids Care Preschool on Facebook, online at, or email: 
Two free “End of Summer” activity days are scheduled for this Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. with a story, movement, and music circle followed by a cooking activity, and Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m. with a story, movement, and music, and an art activity.  Pre-registration is appreciated, but not necessary, by calling Mary Oates at 320-6071 or Mary Wallace at 227-5145

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The application period for the cooperative Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program to help hunters has opened.

Catherine Darmetko has joined First New York Federal Credit Union as a member service specialist in the company’s call center.

VOORHEESVILLE — The Voorheesville Community Preschool is hosting an open house on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The preschool has open enrollment programs for our 3-year-olds and for 4-year-olds.