Evelyn Street Day School is a Caring Place to Learn and Grow

Our Daycare & Preschool Programs Make Learning Fun

We provide an engaging and developmentally appropriate curriculum with just the right amount of challenges to push children to a higher level of thinking. Evelyn Street Day School provides a top-quality education in a home-like and green setting. We are conveniently located off of Route 17 in Paramus.

Our school, which offers daycare and preschool programs for infants through Pre-K:

    • Has nurturing staff members who demonstrate the utmost respect and appreciation for children and knowledgeably administer to the cognitive, social and emotional needs of all of the students
    • Strives to exceed expectations in terms of professionalism and wealth of knowledge and passion for the teaching craft
    • Is led by a hands-on owner with high expectations of her staff and of herself
    • Welcomes parents as partners in the learning process
    • Provides a safe and secure environment with alarmed security services and video cameras throughout
    • Exudes a warm and inviting home-like atmosphere
    • Provides a healthy environment reflected in a new HVAC system, flooring that meets stringent California standards, zero-VOC paint on the walls,  Greenguard-certified wood furnishings and use of recycled paper products and green cleaning supplies whenever possible
    • Offers nutritious organic and all natural lunches
    • Features an indoor gym for fun and physical fitness year round
    • Has two outdoor playgrounds, one of which is equipped with cedar play structures & the other with rubber mats for added safety

Special Note

We transform our rear alleyway into a nature zone that’s perfect for science exploration and growing organic food.


Call us to learn more: 201-523-9555

To learn more about our preschool and daycare programs or to schedule a tour, send us an email or give us a call at 201-523-9555.

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Our Team

Lucy Avlonitis
Lucy AvlonitisCo-Director
Hi. I am Lucy Avlonitis, an educator and mother of three. I founded Evelyn Street Day School based on my desire to create the early childhood program I would have wanted for my own children.

I earned my master’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from New York University and a certificate in public affairs from Baruch College at the City University of New York. While a teacher in New York City, I was honored to have been named a Distinguished Teacher as well as an Aspiring Leader. I was also a staff developer, assistant principal and principal all at the elementary level. I was privileged to observe many amazing teachers over the years. And those teachers had some important qualities in common — among them a passion for and commitment to their craft.

I, too, possess that same passion and commitment. Every child benefits from clear and deliberate or thoughtful and well-planned teaching. Children engaged in interesting and meaningful hands-on learning experiences will achieve success and gain confidence. And it starts early.

It has been my aim to operate an excellent early childhood school. I wholeheartedly believe Evelyn Street Day School is the place in which you will want to send your children. I invite you to come visit and decide for yourself.

Blanka Sylvester
Blanka SylvesterCo-Director
Hi. My name is Blanka Sylvester. I am an educator and mother of twin boys. I am thrilled to be a part of the Evelyn Street Day School team and its unique educational program.

I earned my bachelor’s degree in Literature and Elementary Education from a New Jersey college. I am a certified NJ Elementary School Teacher with over 20 years of experience working with children of all ages. In addition, I received a Certification in Non-Profit Leadership during my last assignment as an Executive Director of a language and cultural center in New York City, where I worked for the past 16 years. In 2007, I was recognized as a Distinguished Community Leader by the Foreign Diplomatic Community in NYC for single-handedly developing and successfully managing a cultural and language program consisting of 160 children.

My goal as a co-director and ESDS administrator is to provide a safe, loving, and enriching environment for children who enter our daycare. I believe children learn the most through play and interacting with their peers while giving them opportunities to grow, learn, and explore. ESDS provides a top notch education program, age-appropriate structure and consistency that is essential for our students to successfully graduate into Kindergarten.

My Motto: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” (Winston Churchill).

Doreen Stella
Doreen StellaAssistant Director
Hello. My name is Doreen Stella. I am one of the assistant directors.
I have been in the early childhood education field nearly 20 years. I spent most of those years in the classroom as a head teacher. I was also an assistant director prior to joining Evelyn Street Day School.

I earned my bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from New Jersey City University. I was a speech and language therapist for the Union City Board of Education for a decade prior to transitioning to full time parenting. I am conversant in American Sign Language.

I also happen to be the Sign Language teacher for the school. I find it delightful to teach sign language to the children and later walk by a classroom and see them using Signs outside of that teaching time. Children are fast learners! And I love it when parents ask me what certain signs mean – that’s because children are using signs at home.

I have three grown daughters and one of them is a teacher.

My motto: Don’t say I can’t. Say, I need help.