Our Philosophy & Goals
We believe a child's early experiences enrich and stimulate future growth. We strive to create an environment that is warm, loving, and respectful, to each child. Children deserve to be treated and respected as individuals in an environment that welcomes reason, exploration, question, and imagination. We respect each child's need for love, security, acceptance, warmth and stimulation.
While in our care your child will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of age-appropriate activities. Activities will promote physical, mental, and social development. We will focus on language development, fine motor skills, as well as basic math, science and writing. We incorporate learning through music, movement, and free play. Play is considered to be one of the most profound means available to children to integrate and refine their knowledge, imagination, social skills, and individuality. Each toddler and preschool class follows a structured daily routine. This allows the children to know what to expect throughout each day. The routine is flexible but we do believe that following a similar schedule each day helps young children understand what is expected and prepares them to enter elementary school.
Our Director - Michelle Mackey
Miss Michelle is new to the Eastern Long Island area. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Binghamton University, where she worked at the Institute for Child Development as a Special Needs Tutor. She then worked for 7 years at the Fred S. Keller School in Yonkers with the Autistic and Special Needs population. During this time, she attended the College of New Rochelle and attained a Master’s Degree as a licensed school psychologist. Previous to working here at ESPC, she was a school psychologist for Mamaroneck Union Free School District and Smithtown Central School District.
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• Early Start Play Care will provide 2 nutritional snacks each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Children must bring a healthy balanced breakfast (if they haven’t already eaten before arrival) and a healthy balanced lunch with them each day in a clearly labeled lunch box or bag. If you don’t bring these at time of drop off you will be asked to bring them in before meal time for your child.
• Manners are taught, and practiced during meal time & clean up time. Children will be encouraged to assist in the clean up of their area after meal times.
• Please list on the medical report any food allergies child may have.
• If your child needs a special diet you must furnish these foods.