Description: The Five Towns Early Learning Center has a long and deep history in the Five Towns area. It is one of the oldest child care centers in Nassau County on Long Island. The Five Towns Cooperative Child Care Center was established in the 1930's as a private child care center. By 1943, the Child Care Center received funding from the Lanham Act. The Second World War created a need for child care centers to care for children whose mothers went to work. After World War II, federal money no longer sponsored day care centers. However, the Five Towns Cooperative Child Care Center was kept alive by parents and concerned members of the community who recognized a continuing need for child care. The Five Towns Early Learning Center, Inc. is a non-profit, non-sectarian child care center licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and contracted with Nassau County Department of Social Services for purchase of child care services. The Center is located at 112 Wahl Avenue, Inwood, in the Town of Hempstead, in the southern portion of Nassau County.
In 1949, the Center became an agency of the Five Towns Community Chest. In 1952, the Center was incorporated and changed its name to The Five Towns Child Care Center, Inc. In Ten years later, NCJW, Peninsula Section became a co-sponsor of the Center in 1974, sharing in finance responsibility and volunteer participation. Through the years, with the funding generosity of community agencies, friends, and county and state grants, the Center has been able to maintain its facility and move from a custodial to an educational early childhood program. Over 6,000 children of working parents have attended the Center since the late 1930's. In 2010 the center changed its name to The Five Towns Early Learning Center to reflect the understanding that young children are learning each day at the center.
The center has cared for children of working parents for over 70 years. All parents in need of child care can find support there regardless of income. This NY State licensed facility provides quality early childhood education in a nurturing environment as well as breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. The teachers emphasize learning through various forms of play so that children develop positive attitudes toward the learning experience. The center provides day care and quality early childhood education for 54 children ages 18 months to five years in a full day setting.
Located in Inwood, New York, the center is in an area where the median income is below the national average while the cost of living is almost double the national average. Consequently, low income working families struggle to pay for child care and support themselves at the same time. The center has created a scholarship fund with the help of support of local agencies and fund raising efforts which allows some qualified families to pay for care at Five Towns Early Learning Center at sliding scale fees.
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|Brief Description: Each day care center shall require any and all visitors to the facility to:|
|Brief Description: Each day care center shall establish written rules and policies as are necessary to provide for monitoring and control of visitors to protect the health, safety and welfare of children in care.|
|Brief Description: a sworn statement by the applicant indicating whether, to the best of the applicant's knowledge, such applicant has ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony in New York State or any other jurisdiction and fingerprint images as required to comply with the requirements of 413.4 of this Title; and|
|Brief Description: the information necessary to determine whether the applicant is the subject of an indicated report of child abuse and maltreatment as required by section 418-1.10(b)(1)(i) of this Subpart.|
|Brief Description: the information necessary to determine whether the applicant is listed on the register of substantiated category one cases of abuse or neglect maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of Persons with Special Needs, pursuant to Section 495 of the Social Services Law, as required by section 418-1.10(b)(1)(ii).|
|Brief Description: daily attendance records, which must be filled out at the time a child arrives and departs, and must include arrival and departure times;|
|Brief Description: personnel information including a list of all staff with job assignments and schedules; Statewide Central Register clearance results; Justice Center for the Protection of Persons with Special Needs background check forms; criminal history review information; staff resumes; medical statement, acceptable references and other information required by section 418-1.13 of this Subpart;|
|Brief Description: Children cannot be left without competent supervision at any time. Competent supervision includes awareness of and responsibility for the ongoing activity of each child. It requires that all children be within a teacher's range of vision and that the teacher be near enough to respond when redirection or intervention strategies are needed. Competent supervision must take into account the child's age emotional, physical, and cognitive development.|
|Brief Description: Staff members must be qualified by training and experience to carry out their respective functions in the administration, operation and maintenance of the child day care center.|
|Brief Description: Every director, teacher, and volunteer with the potential for regular and substantial contact with children in care must complete Office-approved training that complies with the federal minimum health and safety pre-service or three-month orientation period training requirements.|
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