Meet The Staff
Karen Beltran & Natalia Vera, RN
Owners and Founders

Karen Beltran holds a Business Degree from St. Peter's College and Natalia Vera holds a Psychology Degree from Rutgers University and a Nursing Degree from New Jersey City University.  Karen and Natalia realized there was a need in the community for mothers whose children didn't need full time daycare services but weren't school age ready yet.  Karen and Natalia began to brainstorm and build their team.  Groovy Connections is that result.  A center for young ones to learn, socialize, develop and thrive. Most important of all, Groovy Connections is a center where parents decide their own child's level of independence so they can adjust at their own pace for the most successful outcome.  

Erika Bautista
Academic Director

With her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from New Jersey City University, and with her NJ State Supervisor Certification, Erika has worked with various curriculums and assessments (Creative Curriculum Approach, High Scope,  Children's Literacy Initiative, Brigance Preschool Screening, etc).  She has taken the best of the best to bring life into Groovy Connections' programs so that children have a fun and academically strong jumpstart before preschool.  Erika is also a professional member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Association of Supervision, Curriculum & Development, and the NJ Registry for Childhood Professionals.  

Angela Capurso-Giordano

A graduate of Pace University in Speech Pathology & Education, Angela has more than a decade of experience in teaching both General and Special Education.  She has also worked with the autistic population and has provided ABA Therapy services at home.  Miss Angela's patience and one on one attention has consistently received the praise of parents at Groovy.  Miss Angela really makes early childhood learning an experience to remember and cherish!  If you have any questions for Miss Angela, please do not hesitate to contact her via email:

The teachers and assistants are CPR trained and certified.