255 N Highland Ave, Ossining
400 Columbus Ave, Valhalla
(914) 741-1500; www.allaboardchildcare.com
These family-owned and -operated centers are special because they combine the warm, safe feeling of family with a strong academic pre-K curriculum. Other standout features include teachers with degrees or certification in Early Childhood Education and a low-turnover rate; hot meals prepared at the centers; and an active Parent Council.