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UPDATED November 2018: Preschool, nursery school, and pre-K is a crucial time for toddlers to get their first experiences in school and transition smoothly into kindergarten. Preschool curriculum may consist of pre-literacy activities, language development, math, musical groups, physical education, fine and gross motor activities, socializing with other kids, and more to help them as they progress into elementary school. Find preschools, nursery schools, and pre-K programs throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, including Baldwin, Bellmore, Great Neck, Hicksville, Huntington, Old Brookville, Oyster Bay, Roslyn, Syosset, and Williston Park in Nassau County and Commack, Dix Hills, East Northport, East Setauket, Southampton in Suffolk County.
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1116 Main Road, Aquebogue
600 South Service Road, Dix Hills
14 Research Way, East Setauket
168 Hill St., Southampton
Providing quality affordable day care and special education services since 1988. Creating a natural learning environment fostering each child’s development. Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education evaluation site and provider. Preschool special education, integrated classes, daycare classes taught by NYS special education early childhood teachers, and certified daycare staff promoting a child’s development through individualized instruction that will support them for the rest of their lives. Special education services of physical, occupational, and speech therapy provided by licensed therapists. Children leave Alternatives For Children ready to learn and ready for kindergarten.
BUCKLEY COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
2 I.U. Willets Road, Roslyn
Discover the Buckley Country Day School Early Childhood Program! Buckley Country Day School is an independent, coeducational day school providing a superior elementary education to an intellectually capable and diverse student body. Buckley provides the foundation that enables our students to achieve their full potential and excel as educated, ethical, and self-confident individuals. Our graduates are well-prepared for entry into, and success in, secondary schools and beyond. The Buckley Early Childhood program is comprised of our Toddler, Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten programs. Contact admissions to schedule a tour.
BUILDING BLOCKS DEVELOPMENTAL PRESCHOOL
29 Pinewood Drive, Commack
Building Blocks Developmental Preschool is a NYS-approved provider of special education preschool services, serving Suffolk County for more than 31 years. All of our special education classes follow NYS Learning Standards for preschool special education. The preschool curriculum encompasses pre-literacy activities, language development, math concepts, fine and gross motor activities, and peer socialization while incorporating each child’s specific educational plan. Individual goals are targeted through a multi-model approach to encourage success. Our staff has many years of experience in early childhood special education. Half- and full-day programs available.
CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS OF LONG ISLAND
Catholic Elementary Schools offer one of Long Island’s best childcare alternatives for students age 3 through kindergarten with a warm, loving, and accepting atmosphere. Some schools offer Mommy & Me classes for students as young as 2. You’ll find safe and warm classrooms, certified teachers and trained aides, and curriculum that invites students to embrace reading and learning skills that will serve them throughout their academic career. The schools offer before- and after-care to support working parents, state-of-the-art technology to challenge developing minds, and a Christian environment to reinforce values.
Countryside Montessori School was founded in 1998. We were founded with the aim of providing a high quality early childhood education based on the philosophy, methods, and techniques developed 100 years ago by educational pioneer and Nobel prize nominee Dr. Maria Montessori. Our children become responsible for their own learning and their own behavior. They learn to respect themselves and others. Everything in our school is designed to encourage and aid the child’s natural curiosity.
EAST WOODS SCHOOL
31 Yellow Cote Road, Oyster Bay
East Woods, in Oyster Bay, is a private school for age 2 through eighth grade. We are a friendly community of students, faculty, and parents that feels more like one big family. We have been inspiring confidence, excellence, and kindness since 1946. East Woods is small by design, and promotes excellence in a nurturing environment where advanced learning opportunities abound. We develop confident, motivated, and kind leaders. We believe that your child’s potential is only the beginning.
Now accepting non-resident students, Fire Island's Woodhull School (pre-kindergarten through sixth grade) is a gem! Small class sizes, dynamic teachers, natural and technological resources, attention to social and emotional learning, and a supportive community come together to help all students grow and thrive. Located outside Ocean Beach, all transportation occurs by bus, including after-school programs. All students participate in musical groups, daily PE, Spanish, technology instruction, art, and library classes. Call for a bus pickup to visit our vibrant and unique school.
GREEN VALE SCHOOL
250 Valentine's Lane, Old Brookville
Green Vale is Long Island’s premier and largest coed, independent elementary school for pre-nursery through eighth grade. A program of exceptional academics and small class sizes is combined with emphasis on athletics, visual and performing arts, and character education at every grade level. After a culminating experience in the middle school years (sixth-eighth grades), GVS graduates go on to excel at independent, public, and boarding secondary schools. Learn more at greenvaleschool.org.
HOLY CHILD ACADEMY
25 Store Hill Road, Old Westbury
Holy Child Academy is a premier, independent Catholic school, for children of all faiths, from toddler through eighth grade. Our exceptional teachers provide an intellectually challenging and creative program of study that develops a child's love for learning. The average class size of 14 honors the learning style and pace of each child. Our joyful whole child approach to mind, body, and spirit integrates art, music, and exercise daily. Students leave our beautiful wooded campus, as happy, responsible, and compassionate young adults, ready to excel (in high school and beyond). Visit us at holychildacademy.org.
HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL
17 Fordham Ave., Hicksville
Making a difference one child at a time. Students come from 31 Catholic parishes, 34 Long Island school districts to be a part of this one great school. Our nurturing yet challenging program educates the whole child, in mind, body, and spirit. At Holy Family each child is known by name and loved for his or her God-given talents. Holy Family students share love, understanding, compassion, and kindness each school day. Full- and half-day nursery and pre-K, kindergarten through eighth grade, morning and aftercare, academic intervention and enrichment, after-school enrichment clubs. Call anytime for a tour.
KIDS OF MOUNT SINAI AND MILLER PLACE
37B Crystal Brook Hollow Road, Mount Sinai
43 Echo Ave.
Kids Country Day Camp
37 Crystal Brook Hollow Road Mount Sinai, 631-331-5351
Locally owned and operated, “KIDS” is dedicated to the personal attentive care, development, and education of the children in our community. Our staff of certified teachers ensures that every child receives the personal attention that allows them to progress from the tentative beginning preschooler to the confident secure child ready for kindergarten and beyond. Children will enjoy and progress from a curriculum filled with language and literacy, math and numbers, science and sensory, computers, music and movement, creative arts, dramatic play, and outdoor learning. Programs include Infant Care, Toddlers, Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, School Age Before- and After-care, and Summer Camp.
M.A.T.S.S. KIDS' GYM & EARLY CHILDCARE EDUCATION CENTER
2629 Grand Ave.
171 Eileen Way
Infant, Toddler, and Separation classes bridge development to a comprehensive Early Childhood Education-Nursery School-Gym Program. After-school classes provide movement, gymnastics, sports, and enrichment instruction for on-site center children and community school-age children (7 months-12 years). Summer Day Camp, Holiday Mini-Camps, weekend birthday party and Friday “Kids’ Night Out” events provide a year-round place to play and celebrate! Full daycare available at our Syosset Center. Extended day available. Diapers welcome. Dedicated teachers and staff are N.Y.S-, CPR-, and First Aid-certified. Since 1985-A Rainbow of Programs to Play, Learn, and Grow!
Posey School offers dance classes for infants-adults, a preschool program, and fine art classes. We offer classes during convenient days and times. Posey preschool runs every day from 9am-12pm with certified teachers and a lunch option after from 12-1pm. Dance classes include: Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary-Modern, Jazz, Tap, Choreography, Character Dance, Mommy and Me, and Creative Movement. Based on nationally recognized criteria, our unique programs emphasize the artistic and cultural benefits of applying oneself in the arts. These benefits include acquiring and maintaining basic physical skills, and cognitive development in problem solving.
SAINT AIDAN SCHOOL
510/525 Willis Ave., Williston Park
516-746-6585 x 9202, 9302
Saint Aidan School, in partnership with the home and parish, commits itself to nurturing students' lifelong faith formation, spirituality, compassionate service, and intellectual growth by promoting Gospel values and by fostering an environment of academic excellence. This is accomplished by rigorous curricula. We offer extracurricular activities, several early childhood programs, full-day pre-K through eighth grade, and after-school care program. Tours are available upon request.
SMITHTOWN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
1 Higbie Drive, Smithtown
Smithtown Christian Preschool has been in existence since 1972 and has maintained a high standard of excellence. Our preschool program and teachers are registered and permanently certified with the New York State Department of Education. In all curriculum areas of our three-year-old and four-year-old programs, emphasis is placed on inspiring a love for one another as explained in God’s Word-the Bible; developing a love for learning; developing the ability to think logically, make associations, and solve problems independently.
ST. CHRISTOPHER SCHOOL
15 Pershing Blvd., Baldwin
St. Christopher School has been educating children for more than 90 years in a safe, caring, Catholic environment. Tours are always available. We offer programs for grades pre-kindergarten to eighth. We recognize that each child is unique and strive to help them reach their potential. We offer an AIS program, enrichment and STEM classes. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum. Each student in sixth-eighth grades has their own Chromebook, and uses it in every subject. Extracurricular activities, before- and after-school programs are available.
ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON SCHOOL
2341 Washington Ave., Bellmore
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Regional School is an AdvancED accredited parochial school for nursery through eighth grade children providing a top quality education since 1992. We offer an early childhood program that consists of half-day nursery, half- and full-day pre-K and kindergarten, as well as Our Time, which is a transitional program for children age 2 with a parent. “SEAS” provides a comprehensive curriculum that includes: language, music, art, computer technology, academic intervention services, sports, clubs, and after-school enrichment and care. At SEAS we learn and grow in respect, responsibility, and reverence.
THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE -- MT. SINAI
620 Route 25A, Mt. Sinai
The Learning Experience of Mount Sinai is a children's development center that offers top notch education and childcare to children from 6 weeks to age 8. We offer before- and after-care for school-age children. The school is open from 6:30am-6:30pm year-round. We offer an onsite chef, competitive tuition rates, dynamic and fun curriculum, Fun With Phonics early reading program, enrichment programs, a Make Believe Boulevard pretend play room with a ball pit, oversized playground, infant care with sanitary systems, exciting summer camp program with vendor visits, and learning through play.
VILLAGE EAST GIFTED ENRICHMENT CENTER FOR THE GIFTED LEARNER KINDERGARTEN AND PRESCHOOL
Village East Gifted of Huntington
33 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station
Village East Gifted of Roslyn
216 Willis Ave., Roslyn Heights
The Village East Gifted® (VEG) Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten implement a “100 percent Academic” curriculum designed for young accelerated learners ages 2-5. The classes are small and lessons are differentiated to accommodate the highest level of comprehension in each class. Students are taught skills to prepare them for the VEG CORE afterschool classes (grades kindergarten-11th) which include Latin, writing and grammar, geography, global studies, SAT and ACT vocabulary, mathematics, living science, study skills, and creative problem solving. IQ scores are not required but an interview must be scheduled to determine academic readiness.
YMCA OF LONG ISLAND
Locations: Bay Shore, East Hampton, Glen Cove, Holtsville, Huntington, and Patchogue
YMCA of Long Island works daily to improve lives through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Each year, we serve more than 65,000 people island-wide of all ages and backgrounds. Our locations in Bay Shore, East Hampton, Glen Cove, Huntington, Holtsville, and Patchogue provide programs and services for youth, teens, adults, and seniors including state-of-the-art fitness centers, group exercise classes, youth and teen programs, pristine pools, family activities, preschool, before- and after-school programs, and summer day camp for children ages 3-15 of all interests!