26 Computer Drive East
Albany NY 12205

P: (518) 438-4800 / F: (518) 689-1091

Our School

The Spotted Zebra Learning Center is a contemporary, state of the art, year-round, preschool program. Knowing that the critical time for learning happens between the ages of 3 and 5, the Spotted Zebra Learning Center is designed to meet the needs of all children and truly prepare them for kindergarten and the high learning standards set forth by New York State.

Daily activities are planned to help every child progress naturally, at his/her own rate. Skills are introduced based on a child's development rather than his or her chronological age. As with most children, growth occurs as they explore materials in activities that increasingly challenge them either through structured activities or through play. At the Spotted Zebra Learning Center, this happens everyday.

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ImagePicture this! It is the first day of kindergarten! You walk into the classroom with your child radiating an air of confidence. Your quick scan around the room confirms your suspicions - the other parents and children are filled with anxiety and fear - they are unprepared!Unlike these other families, you will long remember this day with pride. Attending the Spotted Zebra Learning Center prepared you and your child for the challenges of kindergarten and made you feel secure in your child's ability to succeed. The Spotted Zebra Learning Center has now made this first day of school an enjoyable experience rather than one to be feared.

Pre & K Programs

Knowing that a quality preschool program leads to school success, classrooms are small and staff highly qualified - a licensed teacher leads each classroom. The Spotted Zebra Learning Center is inclusive of all children and includes programs for preschoolers with disabilities. Thus a Speech and Language Pathologist, Physical Therapist and an Occupational Therapist are on site to assist in the areas of speech and language, fine motor and gross motor skill development for all children.

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Kindergarten Program

Research shows that all children benefit from a developmentally, appropriate full-day program. Full-time kindergarten can afford children the academic learning time needed to prepare for the mastery of primary grade reading and math skills. Studies further show that full-time kindergarten contributes to increased school readiness; higher academic achievement; improved school attendance; literacy and language development; social and emotional development; and a reduction in retention and remediation.

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Testimonials

  • This school has been more than I could have ever imagined! The teachers and therapists are the best and all of the staff is so helpful at all times! They have made the transition for our son from a home setting to pre-school so easy for both our son and us despite the tough year our family has had. Everyone there is so caring and loving. I, as a mother, truly feel safe dropping our son there and knowing he is in the best care possible. I don't know how I am ever going to be able to leave and I know our son won’t want to either. He loves the Spotted Zebra and so do we!
    Tina Prentiss, November 2010

  • If you are looking for an intimate environment that utilizes a holistic developmental approach while offering a competitive academic curriculum, you are on the right path by considering the Spotted Zebra Learning Center. Since enrolling our son at the Spotted Zebra in 2009, we have only been impressed with his growth and academic achievement. The administrative and teaching professionals are committed and go above their call of duties to ensure a successful experience. When we drop our son off in the mornings, we are confident that he is surrounded by caring people who are equally invested in his educational success as we are as parents. The teams of clinicians (e.g. Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist, etc…) are competent in their delivery of services and remain current with new approaches and techniques. We also appreciate that the children are taught self-pride, individual responsibility, respect for others and respect for themselves. Our son’s enrollment at the Spotted Zebra Learning Center is an investment that has already returned gains that will have long lasting impacts on his future.

    Thank you Ms. Sheri Townsend for your vision to allow children to grow and learn in a setting that recognizes and believes in the success of each child.
    Evonne & Mario Cadet, November 2010

  • Our son, Christopher, attended the Spotted Zebra for a year and a half, for preschool and the summer Playing in the Sandbox program. He had been diagnosed at age two with PDD-NOS and sensory issues and his therapists highly recommended the Spotted Zebra for its excellent student:teacher ratio and programs.

    From our first interview with director Sheri Townsend, our family felt welcome and at home. Our needs and concerns were addressed kindly and with close attention. We needed to talk and she listened and provided excellent advice and most importantly, hope for our son's future.
    Raymond and Lisa Witkowski
    Albany, NY

  • The Spotted Zebra is a great environment in which pre-schoolers can learn and (most importantly) have fun! Our son Nicholas has learned to understand the world around him and has been introduced to a variety of social skills. During the past year and a half, he has developed an amazing sense of self-confidence. He is inspired daily to think through situations both critically and creatively.

    Nicholas learns things he would likely not be exposed to elsewhere. The Spotted Zebra’s teachers and therapists adore all of the kids and give them all the attention, affection and guidance they need to grow as little individuals!
    Chris and Alicia Bivona, November 2010

  • Sheri and her staff have been with our family every step of our journey through the world of "special needs." From meetings with our school district to customizing a program suitable to cover every one of my son's needs, the school has been nothing short of amazing. When I have a question or need to speak to any staff members, they are readily available. We are currently in our third year with this wonderful school and my son is making great strides in all areas of his development. I can, with great confidence, credit the Spotted Zebra for his continued success.
    Fran Meyer, November 2010