Child's Place



Heather and Joe Conley opened Heather’s Child’s Place in 1981 when Heather sought to create a place to care for her own children as well as others in a nurturing, supportive environment.  She brought with her training in education and the arts, and nine years teaching experience in the public school system.  Joe taught school as a physical educator working with children of all ability levels for 35 years before joining Heather’s. 

Heather had an article published in 1998 about Heather’s Place in Scholastic Early Childhood Today and is often featured in local news media.  Heather served on the Board of Directors of the New York Child Care Association and continues to work closely with local organizations to promote high standards in early childhood development.  Heather has presented workshops in Early Childhood Developmental Activities in Literacy, both locally and regionally.  Joe has received numerous awards for his extensive service in education, including the A+ for Kids award in 1990.  Joe co-published an article in School Arts in 1980, and has frequently published in Great Activities Newspaper.  Joe consults and presents workshops around the country on developmentally appropriate Physical Education activities and was selected by the State of New Jersey to serve on the state standards and content committee, establishing standards for the New Jersey school system.  Together, Heather and Joe have developed a wonderful reputation in the community through 30 plus years of excellent care and the teaching of young children.



Heather’s Child’s Place offers two modern garden playgrounds, a high-tech surveillance system with Cameras in each room which are monitored in the office.  The building is centrally air conditioned with a state-of-the-art fire alarm system.  

Safety & Security

To offer a further degree of convenience, safety and comfort for our parents and children, the building has an advanced keyless entry system.  Each parent has a pass code for the door and for signing their children in and out of the computer.

Heather’s Child’s Place uses a curriculum called High Reach throughout our school.  This is a thematic approach to learning with a changing theme each month.  It is very age appropriate and grows with your child. There is an emphasis on learning through play, as well as activities that teach social skills such as playing cooperatively with others, listening and solving problems. We also emphasize respect of others and pride in themselves. High Reach Learning curriculum is developed by a team of educators with many years of experience, offering the latest in early childhood education.

We at Heather's feel that all our children should have the opportunity to participate in our special programs and feel strongly that no child should be excluded due to the parent's financial means.  Special programs include Nature Wagon, Macaroni the Clown, Fire Department, Dentist, Nurse, and more.

Farm Tractor rides with a stop to have children pick their own pumpkins; The day of graduation there is a celebration all day with a baracue picknic and cook out with parents, children, and teachers; also entertainment with Macaroni the Cook. That evening a full graduation program!

Also our ACES program (All children Exercising Simultanteously) at 10:00a.m on the 1st Wednesday in May all our children exercise for about 20 minutes. Much joy and happiness is seen that day with our children having fun and at the same time learning the value of exercise.

Our Mission

At our center we value people: the children in our care, their parents, and our employees. We continually work to earn the trust placed in us.  We strive each day to provide the best possible early childhood educational services for our children.  We encourage not just learning, but also the love of learning!  We provide opportunities for each child to expand their intellectual horizons.



Our teachers show compassion, caring and treat children under their care as if they were their own.


In fact, the owners of Heather’s Child’s Place are often invited presenters at National Childcare Associations. They both present workshops on developmentally appropriate practices and activities for young children to other teachers, caregivers, and owners of other centers.


We are always open to constructive criticism and seek to hear from you suggestions on how we can better meet your child’s individual needs.

We promise to keep our childcare center at the highest level and to protect, educate and inspire your child each day with new and exciting activities.