The Childrens Learning Center of the East End is the only not-for-profit educational organization providing full-day, year-round day care in East Hampton. It offers programs for pre-school children ages 18 months to five years. It is the only day care center in East Hampton licensed by New York State. The Center serves a diverse community from Wainscott to Amagansett and is located adjacent to the John Marshall Elementary School in the Village of East Hampton.
The Center provides supervision, activities, and programs for the social, intellectual, emotional, and physical development of pre-school children. The Center offers an environment for learning and growth during one of the most important developmental periods in a child’s life. The Center makes available a toddler program for 18 months to three-year olds, a program for three year olds, and a pre-kindergarten program for four year olds. Kindergarten and first grade teachers consider graduates of the Day Care Center generally better prepared for elementary school. The Pre-Kindergarten program follows the “Success for All” research based curriculum.
The Center is crucial not only to the education of children but also to the support of single parents, working families, and local businesses that employ them. It provides parents with the peace of mind that their children are in a safe and enjoyable environment while the parents are at work.
The Childrens Learning Center’s pre-kindergarten program is a collaboration with the East Hampton School District. This cooperative effort between the Center and the school district allows the district to provide pre-kindergarten development for all children at minimal additional cost to taxpayers. The program is unique in Town in that it combines a half-day of kindergarten with a half-day of day care allowing parents to work a full day.
The Center welcomes and encourages volunteerism. Social workers and community representatives volunteer their time to work with children and parents. Local high school students volunteer as part of their community service requirements.