Doodle Bugs! West Amherst

The Insinna family, Doodle Bugs! founders, are the proud operators of our Doodle Bugs! child care and preschool center in West Amherst, NY. The Doodle Bugs! state-of-the-art child care and preschool center features a two-story play village, spacious classrooms, parents’ lounge, full service kitchen, huge playground, Watch Me Grow internet viewing, and many other features that you've come to expect from Doodle Bugs!. Families in Amherst, NY now have the opportunity to experience high quality child care, preschool and school age programs that are second to none.

Directions & Information

100 North French Road

West Amherst NY, 14228

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P: 716.564.1300

Hours: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm

See The Doodle Difference For Yourself!

The only way to truly see the Doodle Difference is to come check out the nearest facility yourself. You’ll see our curriculum in action, witness the nurturing environment created by our teachers, and experience the many ways in which our facilities encourage and support hands-on, play-based learning for every child in our care.

Our Bravo! ® Curriculum

Professionally designed and exclusively at Doodle Bugs!, the Bravo! Early Childhood Curriculum® is an innovative program that combines theme-related, age-appropriate classroom experiences, amazing enrichment programs and our series of center events. Children learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process, learning is hands-on fun at Doodle Bugs!

Infants


Science

Explore and discover.

Open-ended, hands-on, sensory play engages infants’ natural curiosity, encouraging creative expression, self-awareness, motor skills and language development.

Creative Arts

Express and create.

Painting, drawing and collage introduce children to colors, shapes, lines and textures. Musical experiences introduce rhythm, rhyme and melody, the precursors to conversation.

Wellness

Grow and thrive.

Feeding, diapering and other caregiving routines are unique opportunities to support babies' well-being; teachers also give thoughtful attention to helping build age-appropriate physical skills, like sitting up, crawling, and walking.

Math

Think and solve

Blocks, toys, songs and books are coupled with meaningful interactions with caregivers to introduce early math concepts and "math talk."

Language Arts

Speak and share.

Through songs, stories and caregiving routines, teachers model language and introduce vocabulary, demonstrate conversation and provide nurturing responses to infant and 1-year-old cues.

Toddlers


Science

Explore and discover.

Sensory bins full of interesting textures, scents and consistencies provide opportunities for cooperative play, social skill building and problem solving.

Creative Arts

Express and create.

Art, music and dramatic play are fun, hands-on ways to explore colors, shapes and lines, learn about rhythm and pitch, experiment with language and express individuality.

Wellness

Grow and thrive.

Outdoor play, parachute games, and daily yoga routines make fitness fun and encourage positive feelings about physical activity. Nutritious meals and pleasant mealtimes promote healthy habits.

Math

Think and solve.

Puzzles and blocks, coupled with simple classroom routines (like setting out napkins for snack), introduce early math concepts.

Language Arts

Speak and share.

During Circle Time and in small groups, toddlers enjoy interactive songs, poems, games, and stories, which promote language and vocabulary development and boost social skills.

Preschool


Science

Explore and discover.

Students learn about environmental awareness and caring for living things while developing critical thinking, observation and documentation skills.

Creative Arts

Express and create.

Art, music and dramatic play promote self-awareness, individuality, leadership and aesthetic appreciation.

Wellness

Grow and thrive.

Daily participation in gross motor activities, as well as dance and Tae Kwon Do improves coordination and promotes positive feelings about physical activity.

Math

Think and solve.

Students use manipulatives and games to learn one-to-one correspondence, numeracy and shape recognition.

Language Arts

Speak and share.

Students immerse themselves in language and vocabulary development with the 60 stages of scribbling, as well as introductory Spanish.

Pre-Kindergarten


Science

Explore and discover.

Students learn about environmental awareness and caring for living things while developing critical thinking, observation and documentation skills.

Creative Arts

Express and create.

Art, music and dramatic play promote self-awareness, individuality, leadership and aesthetic appreciation.

Wellness

Grow and thrive.

Daily participation in gross motor activities, as well as dance and Tae Kwon Do improves coordination and promotes positive feelings about physical activity.

Math

Think and solve.

Students use manipulatives and games to learn one-to-one correspondence, numeracy and shape recognition.

Language Arts

Speak and share.

Students immerse themselves in language and vocabulary development with the 60 stages of scribbling, as well as introductory Spanish.

School Age


Science

Explore and discover.

Science experiments, sensory play and thematic projects teach observation and investigation, cause and effect, critical thinking and environmental awareness.

Creative Arts

Express and create.

Art, music and dramatic play promote self awareness, creative expression, aesthetic appreciation, leadership, problem solving and critical thinking.

Wellness

Grow and thrive.

Gross motor activities and organized games promote coordination and positive feelings about physical activity, making fitness fun.

Math

Think and solve.

Board games, group activities, blocks and manipulatives are fun, interactive ways to practice basic arithmetic skills and math concepts like numeracy and patterning, problem solving and critical thinking.

Language Arts

Speak and share.

Books, storytelling, dramatic play and literacy games promote language and literacy skills. Center events and small group projects also exercise literacy skills in a fun, hands-on way.

Infants


Science

Explore and discover.

Open-ended, hands-on, sensory play engages infants’ natural curiosity, encouraging creative expression, self-awareness, motor skills and language development.

Creative Arts

Express and create.

Painting, drawing and collage introduce children to colors, shapes, lines and textures. Musical experiences introduce rhythm, rhyme and melody, the precursors to conversation.

Wellness

Grow and thrive.

Feeding, diapering and other caregiving routines are unique opportunities to support babies' well-being; teachers also give thoughtful attention to helping build age-appropriate physical skills, like sitting up, crawling, and walking.

Math

Think and solve

Blocks, toys, songs and books are coupled with meaningful interactions with caregivers to introduce early math concepts and "math talk."

Language Arts

Speak and share.

Through songs, stories and caregiving routines, teachers model language and introduce vocabulary, demonstrate conversation and provide nurturing responses to infant and 1-year-old cues.

Toddlers


Science

Explore and discover.

Sensory bins full of interesting textures, scents and consistencies provide opportunities for cooperative play, social skill building and problem solving.

Creative Arts

Express and create.

Art, music and dramatic play are fun, hands-on ways to explore colors, shapes and lines, learn about rhythm and pitch, experiment with language and express individuality.

Wellness

Grow and thrive.

Outdoor play, parachute games, and daily yoga routines make fitness fun and encourage positive feelings about physical activity. Nutritious meals and pleasant mealtimes promote healthy habits.

Math

Think and solve.

Puzzles and blocks, coupled with simple classroom routines (like setting out napkins for snack), introduce early math concepts.

Language Arts

Speak and share.

During Circle Time and in small groups, toddlers enjoy interactive songs, poems, games, and stories, which promote language and vocabulary development and boost social skills.

Preschool


Science

Explore and discover.

Students learn about environmental awareness and caring for living things while developing critical thinking, observation and documentation skills.

Creative Arts

Express and create.

Art, music and dramatic play promote self-awareness, individuality, leadership and aesthetic appreciation.

Wellness

Grow and thrive.

Daily participation in gross motor activities, as well as dance and Tae Kwon Do improves coordination and promotes positive feelings about physical activity.

Math

Think and solve.

Students use manipulatives and games to learn one-to-one correspondence, numeracy and shape recognition.

Language Arts

Speak and share.

Students immerse themselves in language and vocabulary development with the 60 stages of scribbling, as well as introductory Spanish.

Pre-Kindergarten


Science

Explore and discover.

Students learn about environmental awareness and caring for living things while developing critical thinking, observation and documentation skills.

Creative Arts

Express and create.

Art, music and dramatic play promote self-awareness, individuality, leadership and aesthetic appreciation.

Wellness

Grow and thrive.

Daily participation in gross motor activities, as well as dance and Tae Kwon Do improves coordination and promotes positive feelings about physical activity.

Math

Think and solve.

Students use manipulatives and games to learn one-to-one correspondence, numeracy and shape recognition.

Language Arts

Speak and share.

Students immerse themselves in language and vocabulary development with the 60 stages of scribbling, as well as introductory Spanish.

School Age


Science

Explore and discover.

Science experiments, sensory play and thematic projects teach observation and investigation, cause and effect, critical thinking and environmental awareness.

Creative Arts

Express and create.

Art, music and dramatic play promote self awareness, creative expression, aesthetic appreciation, leadership, problem solving and critical thinking.

Wellness

Grow and thrive.

Gross motor activities and organized games promote coordination and positive feelings about physical activity, making fitness fun.

Math

Think and solve.

Board games, group activities, blocks and manipulatives are fun, interactive ways to practice basic arithmetic skills and math concepts like numeracy and patterning, problem solving and critical thinking.

Language Arts

Speak and share.

Books, storytelling, dramatic play and literacy games promote language and literacy skills. Center events and small group projects also exercise literacy skills in a fun, hands-on way.

Classrooms

At Doodle Bugs!, each classroom is specially designed to support the age-appropriate learning, aligned with our Bravo! Curriculum. From the furniture, décor, and room arrangements to the structure of the daily routine, every element of our classrooms promotes a playful, hands-on learning experience.

Infant Classrooms

Parent partnerships begin in our Infant rooms, where our dedicated caregivers partner with you to create an individualized care plan for your child. Every aspect of your child’s care, from feeding schedules to sleep routines, is based on your preferences, in an effort to make our program your child’s home away from home.

Daily routines (including sleep schedules and mealtimes) are individualized, based on parents’ preferences.

From cribs to rocking chairs to safe spaces to crawl and interact, our classrooms are designed to nurture infants’ development.

Infants learn through sensory exploration, and we provide plenty of safe, fun opportunities for them to explore.

Warm, gentle colors, mobiles, music and tactile toys help our classroom to feel like home.

Toddler Classrooms

We understand that curious, independent toddlers are growing rapidly and need a safe environment that supports their development. Toddlers begin to participate in structured activities that are designed to encourage the development of their fine and gross motor skills, listening and speaking skills, and early literacy skills – all through hands-on exploration and play!

Toddlers socialize and learn through play, during Circle Time and other small group activities.

Spacious classrooms give toddlers a chance to explore, and our learning centers are always open for independent learning.

Teachers maintain assessment portfolios for each child that are always available in the classroom for parents to browse.

Preschool Classrooms

Preschoolers learn through a variety of stimulating, hands-on experiences, all designed to support their development and growth. Children are encouraged to be creative and have fun while working in small groups.

Learning centers promote cooperation and allow children to make decisions about how they’d like to learn and play.

Preschoolers socialize and learn through play, during Circle Time and other small group activities.

Teachers maintain assessment portfolios for each child that are always available in the classroom for parents to browse.

Children engage with technology by using tablets loaded with learning experiences that enhance our Bravo! curriculum.

Pre-Kindergarten Classrooms

Pre-K students learn through a variety of stimulating, hands-on experiences, all designed to advance their development and prepare them for kindergarten. Our Pre-K curriculum builds the skills that children need for future academic success. Above all else, our teachers are responsive to children’s varying needs and abilities, which builds each child’s confidence and instills a love of learning!

Our program aligns with state learning standards to prepare children for kindergarten and beyond.

Children socialize and learn through play, during Circle Time and other small group activities.

Teachers maintain assessment portfolios for each child that are always available in the classroom for parents to browse.

Children engage with technology by using tablets loaded with learning experiences that enhance our Bravo! curriculum.

School Age Classrooms

For school-agers, Doodle Bugs! provides an interesting, educational and fun recreation program, supervised by qualified adults. Students enjoy arts and crafts, sports and games and group projects and time to unwind and even do homework. When your school ager attends for a full day, field trips and special events add to the fun.

We provide a variety of planned activities while also giving school-age children independent time to unwind and set their own goals.

Field trips add to the fun and provide children with hands-on learning experiences at local attractions like zoos, farms, parks and museum

Our program provides enrichment before and after school, as well as on vacation, snow days and more. Transportation is provided to and from most local schools.

Spaces for games and sports allow children to be active and play independently or with others.

Infant Classrooms

Parent partnerships begin in our Infant rooms, where our dedicated caregivers partner with you to create an individualized care plan for your child. Every aspect of your child’s care, from feeding schedules to sleep routines, is based on your preferences, in an effort to make our program your child’s home away from home.

Personalized schedules

Daily routines (including sleep schedules and mealtimes) are individualized, based on parents’ preferences.

Nurturing design

From cribs to rocking chairs to safe spaces to crawl and interact, our classrooms are designed to nurture infants’ development.

Interactive learning

Infants learn through sensory exploration, and we provide plenty of safe, fun opportunities for them to explore.

Feels like home

Warm, gentle colors, mobiles, music and tactile toys help our classroom to feel like home.

Toddler Classrooms

We understand that curious, independent toddlers are growing rapidly and need a safe environment that supports their development. Toddlers begin to participate in structured activities that are designed to encourage the development of their fine and gross motor skills, listening and speaking skills, and early literacy skills – all through hands-on exploration and play!

Small group activities

Toddlers socialize and learn through play, during Circle Time and other small group activities.

Space to learn

Spacious classrooms give toddlers a chance to explore, and our learning centers are always open for independent learning.

Documented development

Teachers maintain assessment portfolios for each child that are always available in the classroom for parents to browse.

Preschool Classrooms

Preschoolers learn through a variety of stimulating, hands-on experiences, all designed to support their development and growth. Children are encouraged to be creative and have fun while working in small groups.

Learning centers

Learning centers promote cooperation and allow children to make decisions about how they’d like to learn and play.

Small group activities

Preschoolers socialize and learn through play, during Circle Time and other small group activities.

Documented development

Teachers maintain assessment portfolios for each child that are always available in the classroom for parents to browse.

Age-appropriate technology use

Children engage with technology by using tablets loaded with learning experiences that enhance our Bravo! curriculum.

Pre-Kindergarten Classrooms

Pre-K students learn through a variety of stimulating, hands-on experiences, all designed to advance their development and prepare them for kindergarten. Our Pre-K curriculum builds the skills that children need for future academic success. Above all else, our teachers are responsive to children’s varying needs and abilities, which builds each child’s confidence and instills a love of learning!

Aligned with early learning standards

Our program aligns with state learning standards to prepare children for kindergarten and beyond.

Small group activities

Children socialize and learn through play, during Circle Time and other small group activities.

Documented development

Teachers maintain assessment portfolios for each child that are always available in the classroom for parents to browse.

Age-appropriate technology use

Children engage with technology by using tablets loaded with learning experiences that enhance our Bravo! curriculum.

School Age Classrooms

For school-agers, Doodle Bugs! provides an interesting, educational and fun recreation program, supervised by qualified adults. Students enjoy arts and crafts, sports and games and group projects and time to unwind and even do homework. When your school ager attends for a full day, field trips and special events add to the fun.

Educational fun

We provide a variety of planned activities while also giving school-age children independent time to unwind and set their own goals.

Field trips and special events

Field trips add to the fun and provide children with hands-on learning experiences at local attractions like zoos, farms, parks and museum

Family convenience

Our program provides enrichment before and after school, as well as on vacation, snow days and more. Transportation is provided to and from most local schools.

Active play

Spaces for games and sports allow children to be active and play independently or with others.

What West Amherst Parents Say

"We LOVE Doodle Bugs! Every single person at Doodle Bugs! has been kind, helpful and understanding. Our son loves the environment and always comes home happy (and ready for another nap)! They have a great structure to their programming and it makes me feel good to know that he's playing, having fun, and learning all day."

-Naomi S., West Amherst

"Their menu allows our little guy to get exposed to different foods. The teachers are friendly and give you a verbal update at pick up. These things make us feel like our son is in safe hands. The activities are so much more than we could engage him in at home. I highly recommend that if you're nervous, Doodle Bugs! is a great place to send your child. And they'll love it too!"

-Gaya A., West Amherst

"I am blown away by the quality of care that we have received for our infant. The center is very well run and organized, and the friendliness of the staff cannot be overstated! We came from another local center which we loved, but Doodle Bugs! has far exceeded our expectations and we are happy to send our child to this location!"

-Kelly T., West Amherst

"We love it here. I have 2 little ones and I trust this place more than my own family. The staff here is excellent. My kids actually love coming here and look forward to it every day. It’s a blessing to have a center like this. Thank you to everyone who makes the center shine. You are appreciated more than you know."

-Kaitlin D., West Amherst

"We LOVE Doodle Bugs! Every single person at Doodle Bugs! has been kind, helpful and understanding. Our son loves the environment and always comes home happy (and ready for another nap)! They have a great structure to their programming and it makes me feel good to know that he's playing, having fun, and learning all day."

-Naomi S., West Amherst

"Their menu allows our little guy to get exposed to different foods. The teachers are friendly and give you a verbal update at pick up. These things make us feel like our son is in safe hands. The activities are so much more than we could engage him in at home. I highly recommend that if you're nervous, Doodle Bugs! is a great place to send your child. And they'll love it too!"

-Gaya A., West Amherst

"I am blown away by the quality of care that we have received for our infant. The center is very well run and organized, and the friendliness of the staff cannot be overstated! We came from another local center which we loved, but Doodle Bugs! has far exceeded our expectations and we are happy to send our child to this location!"

-Kelly T., West Amherst

"We love it here. I have 2 little ones and I trust this place more than my own family. The staff here is excellent. My kids actually love coming here and look forward to it every day. It’s a blessing to have a center like this. Thank you to everyone who makes the center shine. You are appreciated more than you know."

-Kaitlin D., West Amherst

Healthy Menu

Every day we serve healthy meals (including fresh fruit!) to encourage children to associate healthy eating with positive feelings, confidence and independence. We believe mealtime matters and implement routines to promote social skills, like table manners and conversation, while encouraging healthy habits.

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