Thanks for visiting our website.  I am Christine Rinella and have been the owner/director of the Pumpkin Patch since January 1975.  I am a graduate of SUNY Cobleskill with a degree in Early Childhood.  My children were just 5 and 2 when I opened as a small nursery school in the Cohoes area and now 44 years later they are adults all working in the field of education in Virginia and Alaska.
    Over the years we have grown from a small nursery school to a full child care program serving families with children eighteen months to five years. As I am a hands-on learner I have discovered this is the best way for young child to learn also.  Discovery through participation, imagination and the ability to create on their own is the foundation for life-long learning.
    We even have a garden outside our playground for the children to grow vegetables. Our lesson plans are based on themes and letter recognition.  Our room environments allow for free choice play, sensory discovery, dramatic play, literacy and creative arts.
    Being a small Center has its advantages.  We are able to connect with our families thru annual gatherings such as Trunk or Treat, holiday parties, Mother’s Day dinners and Dogs for Dad.
    With the recent addition of our new “energy” room we are able to provide the children with gross motor activities year-round.  The room has also become the new home for our music program, and Amazing Athletes
   I invite you to come and visit our Center and see active learning up close and personal


Center Hours

Monday through Friday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday & Sunday - Closed

About the Patch...

                      8 Corporate Circle | Albany, NY 12203 | (518) 452-0984 p | (518) 452-3786 f |

For more information on PUMPKIN PATCH, please click on Pumpkin Patch Parent Handbook 2016.

Tuition 2019


Full Time - $271.00

2 Days - $150.00

3 Days - $220.00

Preschoolers ( 3 and 4 Yr. Olds)

Full Time - $261.00

2 Days - $150.00

3 Days - $220.00

Four or Five days are considered Full Time.