Half-Pint is learning, having fun, and understanding how to truly enjoy life. Our kids welcome the day with a smile every morning they walk into school, and leave exhausted from all of the fun they've had with their friends and teachers. Half-Pint has been open for just about seventeen years, and each year has been a joy for owner and director Jodi Epstein. Half-Pint services children ages six weeks through six years of age. Children ages nineteen months and above may enroll two to five days of the school week. We have only the utmost care for our families and children of Half-Pint. If you have any questions at all for Jodi or would like to enroll your child/children, please click here to be directed to our contact page.

Miss Jodi Epstein

Jodi Epstein, owner and director of Half-Pint, has been accepted among the prestigious ranks of Standford Who's Who as a result of her extraordinary effort in the Education industry. As Owner and Director of Half-Pint for the past seventeen years, Jodi has consistently displayed the passion, vision and dedication necessary to be successful in the business world. Jodi possesses exceptional expertise in teaching. During her education career, she earned a Bachelor's degree from Ashland University in Human Services and Family Development.

Miss Terry

Miss Terry has been teaching for over twenty years and has kids who are now in high school still remember her today! She has been married to her wonderful husband Donnie over 40 years, and has three sons. She opened Half-Pint with Jodi twelve years ago, and still, to this day, cannot get enough of the joy the kids and the school bring her to her life!


Miss Debi

Miss Debi is a mother of five, plus two step, and a grandmother of one! Kids are her life, when her youngest began attending elementary school, she felt lost without kids being with her all day. Working at Half-Pint is a true joy for her and she could never imagine working anywhere else and not being a part of the Half-Pint family.


Miss Diana

Miss Diana first became a member of the Half-Pint family in 2003, when her first son was enrolled in the Young Pre-School Room. The next year she began working in the Pre-School and Pre-K rooms for about 10 years. Miss Diana and her husband are very proud to have two Half-Pint graduates, their two sons, Michael and Jack.  She now works as a registered nurse full time, and here at Half-Pint part time, to assist Miss Jodi with office work.

Miss Linda
(aka Miss Dinda)

Miss Linda got her nickname from one of the very creative kids at Half-Pint. She has enjoyed the nine years of teaching the children of Half-Pint. She has a beautiful yellow lab named Girlie, and enjoys spending her time outside of Half-Pint with her husband, Bill, over 40 years and their son, William and his wife Denise. Miss Dinda truly loves interacting with the children and their parents, and feels a sense of accomplishment when she sees each child grow and mature, and move onto the next chapter in life.

Miss Karin

Miss Karin was raised and still resides in Washington, with her husband and daughter. She graduated from Warren County Community College with her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She has been in the education field for over 10 years. She is happy to be a part of the Half Pint family!

Miss Nancy

Miss Nancy grew up in Lincoln Park, New Jersey and finished 12 years of school, majoring in Dental Assisting. She worked ten years in that field until her four beautiful children came along. She stayed home to raise them, along with babysitting other children. When her last child started school, she decided she wanted to spend her time caring for children, by beginning a career in childcare. She then found Half-Pint, and has enjoyed every moment of the 12 years she has worked here!

Miss Lisa

Miss Lisa was raised in Franklin Township and graduated from Warren Hills High School. In the summer of 2007, she began working at Half-Pint and she has enjoyed working with younger children ever since. Half-Pint is like a second home to her. She considers everyone who works at Half-Pint to be part of her family.

Miss Megan 

Miss Megan grew up in Hackettstown and is currently attending Monmouth University majoring in social work. She will be receiving her masters in 2020. Megan just recently got engaged and is very excited to be planning her upcoming nuptials in 2020. Megan has been with Half-Pint as a season employee for the past three years. She enjoys working with the children here at Half-pint which gives her experience in her future field of social work.

Miss Ashley
(aka Miss Ash-a-ley)

Miss Ashley is a 2019 Warren Hills graduate. Miss Ashley was a former student here at Half-Pint. She attends the University of Alabama majoring in Early Childhood Education. She also dreams to own Half-Pint one day. Miss Ashley truly loves working with the kids as it will help her in her future endeavors in the education field.

Miss Sarah 

Miss Sarah grew up in Washington and is currently attending Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA. She is majoring in Business Education and will graduate in May 2020. She then plans to continue her schooling to obtain her master's degree. Coming from a big family, Miss Sarah's enjoyment for working with kids sprouted from a young age. She hopes to one day use her degree in a School Principal or Superintendent position.

Miss Melina 

Miss Melina lives on a farm in Washington Township where her husband and herself raise their three children. She was previously a personal care aide in an elementary school before joining the Half-Pint family. She loves working with childrend and is thrilled to be working here.

Miss Natalie

Miss Natalie is a 2019 Phillipsburg High School graduate. She is currently attending Warren County Community College as an Elementary Education major and plans to transfer to Centenary University to continue her education. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She has enjoyed opportunities to work with children that she gained through various extracurricular activities she participated in during her middle and high school years, so she is so excited to get to know all the kids at Half-Pint this year!

Miss Chris

Miss Chris lives in Hackettstown with her husband and children.  She was a pediatric NICU nurse and also worked as a physical therapy assistant.  Miss Chris has always loved working with children.  She started working at Half-Pint in the summer of 2019, and is very excited to be a part of the Half-Pint family.

Miss Luiza

Miss Luiza is currently attending Warren Country Community College. She is studying general science but hopes to become a physical therapist in the future. For more than two years, Miss Luiza has been working with kids and she absolutely loves them! Being from Brazil originally, Miss Luiza loves to travel all over the world!

Miss Ana

Miss Ana grew up in central New Jersey and earned a BFA in design from Kean University. For the past 18 years she has lived in Lopatcong with her husband of 21 years and her two children who are both attending college now. While her children were growing up Ana was a dance, band, and PTA mom. She also become a second mom to many of her children's friends. 

After having the opportunity to be a para professional in a public elementary school, she decided that she wanted to become more involved with the development of young children in a fun and caring environment! Ana is very excited to be a part of the Half-Pint family.

© 2019 by Samantha Epstein and Sarah Palermo

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Phone: (908) 835-9499

Fax: (908) 835-9919


Half-Pint Early Learning and Childcare Center

432 RT 57 West

Washington, NJ 07882