Little Lukes Where They Are Now: Baby to Teen Story - Matthew
As childcare professionals and preschool teachers, we often see our Little Lukes families at community events or notice their child’s photo in the newspaper for achievements at school or sports. Our first Little Lukes Preschool & Childcare Center opened in Oswego NY on the St. Luke Healthcare Campus. Since 2002, hundreds of infants, toddlers and preschool children have experienced academic and social/emotional development during their time at the Little Lukes Preschool & Childcare Center.
Matthew started out at Little Lukes in 2004 at 4 months old and is now a teenager. Matthew’s parents, Kevin and Pamela Caraccioli enrolled him at Little Lukes in Oswego. There were many benefits to putting Matthew into a center-based childcare setting. Pamela explained, “We were most interested in finding a childcare center that offered varied, age-relevant programming.” Little Lukes offered that variety. “Matthew progressed from the baby room to the toddler room to a preschool room, and the programming in each classroom was tied to that particular age group.”
The location was also key, continued Pamela. “Little Lukes was also very convenient---midpoint between our home and work. And Little Lukes hours offered us the greatest flexibility in a dual-career household.”
More importantly, Little Lukes prepared Matthew for Kindergarten. “We credit Little Lukes with developing Matthew's love for books and reading! He ordered Scholastic books each month at Little Lukes and devoured them quickly. He was reading full books while in preschool and transitioned very easily into kindergarten.”
The Caraccioli’s also recognize Little Lukes for helping Matthew develop compassion and a sense of inclusion, “He learned the true meaning of inclusion---that a community simply includes people of varied backgrounds and abilities.” It’s something Matthew still practices today, “To have many friends from diverse backgrounds gave Matt a much wider lens and this continues to serve him well.”
For younger brother Jack, the Caraccioli’s also credit Little Lukes with having a huge impact on Jack's confidence and sense of belonging. Jack was adopted from China during Matthew’s final year in preschool and Little Lukes welcomed Jack by creating a visual classroom as part of his assimilation---where photos were used as part of his learning.
Matthew has a lot of memories from his time at Little Lukes. “I remember the names of the classrooms, such as yellow elephants, purple hippos, brown bears and orange octopus,” shared Matthew. His favorite memories included the “free time when I could paint or draw or read. I also loved the end of the day when we were able to go to the gym.”
Today, Matthew is involved with swimming, orchestra, chorus and theater. He still goes to school with a lot of preschool classmates from Little Lukes.
Thank you Kevin, Pamela, Jack and Matthew for the update on “Where They Are Now,” Little Lukes style.
Little Lukes offers childcare for infant, toddler, preschool and school-aged children. In addition, SCIS (special class inclusion setting) preschool for youth aged 3-5 offered by Little Lukes boasts a certified special education teacher and in-house physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Little Lukes Preschool and Childcare Centers have opened in Dewitt, Radisson, Pulaski and Fulton with 6:30am-6:30pm hours to accommodate working families. Visit www.littlelukes.com for details and enrollment information, or call today to schedule a Little Lukes tour!
Matthew in 2004, age 1.
Jack (12) and Matthew (13) today.