Meet Our Staff

New York and New Jersey Child Care Centers

Julie Harris Wasserman

Executive Director

Julie Harris Wasserman brings to Prime Time Early Learning over 20 years of leadership experience in both education and business. After completing a BS in Business Communications and a MS in Education, Julie began her early career as a teacher, trainer and career counselor. Julie then shifted her focus to the private sector and built a successful career leading teams in various industries with the last 10 years as a Regional Director for the outdoor retailer Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI).

When Prime Time founders, Ricci and Joel Wasserman, decided to step back from the daily operations of our six Prime Time centers in early 2015, they asked Julie to join Prime Time as our Executive Director. As Executive Director, Julie is responsible for overseeing and supporting our six schools as well as our Administrative and Operations staff. Julie is passionate about people and committed to making Prime Time a great place for our families, students and employees. She says: “I’ve always had a motto- Take great care of your employees so they can take great care of your customers. The rest is just logistics. I’ve found this to be even more accurate at Prime Time. We have an amazing team of teachers and administrators who care deeply about the children in our care. My job is to make it easy for our teachers to do what they do best- create positive, loving and exciting classroom environments that accelerate our student’s growth and learning. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as the next generation of the Wasserman family to lead Prime Time Early Learning Centers.”

Julie welcomes feedback and comments from families and be reached anytime at Julie@primetimeschools.com.


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Jeff Wasserman

Facilities, Safety and Security Director

I am Jeff Wasserman, the Facilities, Safety and Security director for Prime Time Early Learning Centers. My parents founded Prime Time more than 32 years ago while I pursued 30 year parallel careers as a full-time United States Park Police officer, and a part-time officer in the United States Coast Guard Reserve. In 2011 I retired from the Coast Guard Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander, Maritime Safety and Security Specialist and Senior Reserve Officer of the Pacific Strike Team. In 2014 I retired as a U.S. Park Police Captain and the Acting Commander of the San Francisco Field Office

In my new capacity as Prime Time’s Facilities, Safety and Security director I oversee our six Prime Time Early Learning Center facilities, and their safety and security programs. It has been a pleasure to employ my education, skills and experience in public safety, law enforcement, supervision and project management to help make our Prime Time Early Learning Centers as functional, safe and secure as they can be for the children and families we serve. Please contact me at jwasserman@primetimeschools.com with any suggestions or concerns.


Nicole-Olsen

Nicole Olsen

Operations Director

Nicole has more than 13 years of experience in the child care profession, starting with Prime Time Early Learning in 2003. Nicole began her career in the classroom and worked her way up to positions of increasing responsibility at Prime Time. She was then selected to open the new Prime Time Hoboken Center. As the Prime Time Hoboken Director, Nicole led a team of 52 teachers and a program of more than 200 children. Nicole says “One of my greatest career achievements has been being a part of the Prime Time Hoboken design team which opened and quickly became a great success”. Nicole left Prime Time for a while to work for a national child care center chain, but says she is excited to be back as Operations Director. “I am looking forward to bringing the same success we had in Hoboken to all our Prime Time centers””. Nicole has a Bachelors of Arts degree from St John’s University.


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Eva Ramos

Center Director – Middletown, NY

My name is Eva Ramos and I have been with Prime Time Early Learning since 1993. While serving as a center director I have also worked in various areas of company management including Regional Manager and Regional Educational Supervisor. My true love, however, has always been leading our Middletown center. I have an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and continuously attend professional development classes to stay abreast of the latest advances and practices. I am CPR and First Aid certified, and am certified in Medical Administration Training (MAT).

I have always had a passion for working with young children and feel blessed to have a career that allows me to both be around children every day, and to form great relationships with parents. My personal philosophy is the same as Prime Time Early Learning Centers; to provide a safe and loving environment for children so that parents may devote needed time to their careers and development while secure in the knowledge that their children are in the best of hands. Our program provides an environment that is rich with opportunities for children to grow, develop and to prepare for school.


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Nancy Merkle

Center Director – East Rutherford

Hi, my name is Nancy Merkle and I am the new Director of Prime Time in East Rutherford. I completed a B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education at William Paterson University then taught 1st and 3rd grade for a few years. Although I enjoyed teaching on the elementary level, my first love has always been working with younger children. I have had the privilege and pleasure to work with children of many ages from infancy to age 13. For many years I have worked as an Educator, Head Teacher, Camp Counselor, Assistant Director and Camp Director.

I believe that Prime Time’s learning philosophy is exactly what is important and necessary for a child’s best development. Prime Time Early Learning Center is a loving, secure, nurturing place where children can learn and grow. It is a quality care facility that focuses on each child’s academic and social growth.

Prime Time has given me the opportunity to use my experience, knowledge, and skills to work closely with the staff, children and families to make the East Rutherford school a safe, happy learning environment. I look forward to working as Director of Prime Time in East Rutherford.


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Michelle Friedman

Center Director – Farmingdale

My name is Michelle Friedman. I am the Center Director for Prime Time Early Learning Center in Farmingdale, New York. I have worked at Prime Time Early Learning Center in Farmingdale since it opened in June, 2000. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from CW Post College and my Children’s Programming Administrative Credential (CPAC) from Empire College where I am also a CPAC Reviewer. I am an active board member of the Child Care Council of Suffolk and on their Medical Advisory Board. I am CPR, First Aid certified and Medical Administrative Training (MAT) certified.

I am dedicated to the belief that each child is unique and needs a safe, caring atmosphere to learn and grow. I believe that the most important job in the world is to teach and nurture a child. I know that every child who passes through our doors has been cared for by compassionate, well-qualified teachers and assistants who have truly dedicated themselves to the welfare of all of the children in our care. I am very proud to be the Director of Prime Time’s Farmingdale School.


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Marcelle Abrams

Center Director – Hoboken

Marcelle has been the director of Prime Time Hoboken since 2015 and contributes more than 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Education to our Prime Time leadership team. Her experience includes being a Kindergarten teacher, and both a Child Care Center Assistant Director and Director. Marcelle holds a Teaching Certification from the Cyril Potter College of Education and both BS and MBA Business Degrees from the University of Phoenix.


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Valerie Kolibas

Center Director – Paramus

Valerie Kolibas holds a Bachelors Degree in Physical and Health Education from Kean University, NJ. She understands that early education is the foundation of a child’s school success, responsible for developing and shaping the minds of young children for years to come. She believes that at Prime Time Early Learning Center she can continue to evolve a nurturing environment that is both challenging and fun for the children, encompassing academics and play!

​Valerie​ has acquired ​more than ​a decade of ​center ​management experience in two other New Jersey and New York City early childhood programs. Valerie is excited to bring her love of leadership, teaching, and caring for children to help grow this program at​ Prime Time Paramus! She enjoys creating an atmosphere where children are happy as they learn, staff are motivated to ​develop their teaching skills​, and parents are​ able to partner in their child’s early educational journey.


Jessica Spiegel

Jessica Spiegel

Center Director – Edgewater

I am Jessica Spiegel, Center Director of Prime Time Edgewater. I hold a BA from the University of Wisconsin and a MA in Education from the William Davidson School of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. I have a strong background in education, curriculum, leadership and camp programming and have directed a variety of educational programs including after school programs and summer camps.

It is a sincere pleasure and honor to serve our community in the role of Center Director. Working with children and families is both exciting and inspiring. I look forward to getting to know you and your family as your child adds to the awe created when children flourish in our classroom community.

Our staff at Prime Time Early Learning Center in Edgewater prides itself on our many years of devotion to early childhood education, continually developing as professional caregivers and teachers. One of the privileges of leading this center is observing our teachers throughout the day. They get to know each child individually, and are not afraid to get their hands dirty. As a comprehensive child care and early learning program, we aspire to provide your child with an educational classroom experience and the flexibility and security you require to feel confident in your child’s care program.

I invite you to ask me any and all questions you have about our center, staff, curriculum, your child’s development and anything else that comes to mind. Don’t forget to ask about our enrichment classes and Summer Camp! If there is anything that occurs to you to ask me please do not hesitate to pick up the phone or shoot me an email.