About

"Our Village"
Village Babies Development Center (VBDC) was established in January 2005 after I found it challenging to find the best place for an early childhood program for my son. Two of my neighbors had the same challenges, and the solution was to create our village in my home. After several years of being a licensed in-home provider, a parent found the current location we are housed in, and this became “the village” for many other families within the South Orange and Maplewood communities and other surrounding cities. The roots of our village grew from a place of trust, compassion, partnerships, and respect, no matter an individual’s race, ethnicity, gender, or economic status.
If you seek an environment that will allow your child to learn through love, joy, and intentional learning through organic play in a safe environment, we hope you seek us. We not only know what to teach but how to teach. We don’t teach through rote methods, and social and emotional well-being is fostered through teacher and child-led learning. The teaching team is taught to implement intentional and meaningful learning experiences that will scaffold each child’s unique development path through curriculum and best practices. Additionally, we partner with the parents as parents are a child’s first teachers.”— Dana
Please get to know us, and we hope you join us in the journey of early childhood development for your child(ren)!

About

Village Babies Development Center (VBDC) was established in January 2005 after I found it challenging to find the best place for an early childhood program for my son. Two of my neighbors had the same challenges, and the solution was to create our village in my home. After several years of being a licensed in-home provider, a parent found the current location we are housed in, and this became “the village” for many other families within the South Orange and Maplewood communities and other surrounding cities.
The roots of our village grew from a place of trust, compassion, partnerships, and respect, no matter an individual’s race, ethnicity, gender, or economic status.
If you seek an environment that will allow your child to learn through love, joy, and intentional learning through organic play in a safe environment, we hope you seek us. We not only know what to teach but how to teach. We don’t teach through rote methods, and social and emotional well-being is fostered through teacher and child-led learning.
The teaching team is taught to implement intentional and meaningful learning experiences that will scaffold each child’s unique development path through curriculum and best practices. Additionally, we partner with the parents as parents are a child’s first teachers.”— Dana

Please get to know us, and we hope you join us in the journey of early childhood development for your child(ren)!

Mission

Provide a safe space with equity and access to a meaningful and productive early childhood learning environment through love and dedication.

Mission

Provide a safe space with equity and access to a meaningful and productive early childhood learning environment through love and dedication.

Team

Village Babies dedicated members.

dana
Dana Kearney
Owner

dana@villagebabies.com
973-378-5906 ext 202

stacy
Stacy LaFontant
Executive Director

stacy@villagebabies.com
973-378-5906 ext 218

marisol
Marisol Vargas
Assistant Director

marisol@villagebabies.com
973-378-5906 ext 227

kathy
Kathy Walls
Enrollment Coordinator

inquiry@villagebabies.com
973-378-5906

Classroom Staffing Structure
Each classroom has a teaching team that consists of a lead teacher and teaching assistants. Floating teaching assistants support classrooms in the absence of a regular team member. The number of staff members is determined by the number of children in attendance and the ratios that we are required to meet by the Office of Licensing for Childcare Centers.
Support Staff
Various therapists (speech, physical, occupational, or behavioral) and teaching consultants will provide support in the classrooms according to the needs of teachers or children.
Classroom Staffing Structure​
Each classroom has a teaching team that consists of a lead teacher and teaching assistants. Floating teaching assistants support classrooms in the absence of a regular team member. The number of staff members is determined by the number of children in attendance and the ratios that we are required to meet by the Office of Licensing for Childcare Centers.
Support Staff
Various therapists (speech, physical, occupational, or behavioral) and teaching consultants will provide support in the classrooms according to the needs of teachers or children.

Vision

Our children and families will develop long-term life skills through relationships and pass on knowledge throughout the community, inspiring continuous development of oneself and the greater community.

Vision

Our children and families will develop long-term life skills through relationships and pass on knowledge throughout the community, inspiring continuous development of oneself and the greater community.

Teacher Retention

Village Babies offers exceptional continuity of care by providing a dedicated staff of early childhood professionals whose careers include 5 and even 10+ years of work in our center. Over the years these individuals have become not only valued employees but much more–they are family!

Teacher Retention

Village Babies provides amazing continuity of care by providing a dedicated staff of early childhood professionals whose careers include 5 and even 10+ years of work in our center. Over the years these individuals have become not only valued employees but much more–they are family!