About Us

Once upon a time there were two women with a dream. Each of them did not know of the other's existence until one day they became coworkers. As time passed and they began to know one another, they realized they shared a special bond. They both had a very deep rooted love of children and a desire to comfort and nurture all of those children whom they came into contact with as a result of their livelihood. I guess you could say they both felt that the success they experienced in their careers was the result of maintaining that they were always going to function as “moms first.”

They both recognized the importance of what they did in their field of early childhood education and, innately as well as through years of experience, knew that children can only learn once they are truly comfortable. What did that mean to them? Well, it meant putting aside a book that was being read at circle time to give those extra hugs to the child who after a week was still experiencing difficulty with separation from mom. It meant rubbing the back of the child who was having difficulty falling asleep at nap time, because he wasn't in his own bed. It meant treating every child as if he or she was their own person and making sure he or she was treated as they would want to see their own child treated in their absence.

When they realized that their philosophy of a back to basics approach was a shared one and after having worked at other facilities where early childhood education was just a job and not a calling, they decided to make their dream become a reality. Their dream was to open a preschool/daycare where a child's emotional well being and sense of security was paramount. It is actually more like a fairy tale come true, hence the introduction of our preschool/daycare—Once Upon a Time.

Lisa Montalto, formerly the Director of The Flying Goose and The International Preschool, and Vera Iaconis, formerly of The International Preschool would like to invite you to become a part of our family as we introduce you to our facility. Let our years of experience, caring, and nurturing be the foundation on which your child's success is built. Let us be the next chapter in your child's happily ever after. Contact us today!

Licensed by NYS Office of Children and Family Services
NAEYC recognized Creative Curriculum