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50th Anniversary

Harbor Child Care Is Proud to Be Celebrating Its 50th Year as an Early Childhood Program in 2023!


Programs for Children of All Ages

Harbor Child Care began in 1973 by our founder Jill Rooney as a day care center with eight children in a home in Sea Cliff. Recognizing the need for safe and reliable child care for numerous families throughout Long Island, that home grew to five centers across Nassau County. We are now one of the largest not-for-profit organizations dedicated to full-day child care, early childhood, and school-age education on Long Island.

music teacher with infants


3 – 18 Months

toddlers making crafts


18 – 36 Months

pre-k kids in boxes


3 – 5 Years


Why Harbor Child Care?

Harbor Child Care prepares children for life beyond academics. Studies show that one of the most critical time periods in child development and learning is from birth to five years old. These early years of child development are crucial to their health, wellbeing, and the overall trajectory of their lives in a variety of ways.


Building a Culture of
Kindess & Caring

Our child-centered approach enriches the lives and minds of all children who walk through our doors.


Health & Safety
of Your Child

Your child’s well-being is always our top priority. We adhere to the highest health & safety standards, providing the peace of mind all parents deserve.


Nutritional Meals
for Your Children

We provide breakfasts, lunches, and snacks that nourish your children while satiating their growing appetites.

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50 Years of Childcare Experience

Harbor Child Care began in 1973 by our founder Jill Rooney as a day care center with eight children in a home in Sea Cliff. For nearly 50 years, Harbor Child Care has provided quality early childhood education and services in a safe and nurturing environment for over 20,000 young children. Our staff-to-child ratios are followed by the regulations of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.


Preparing Children for Life Beyond Academics

Harbor Child Care implements the Creative Curriculum® for Infant, Toddlers and Twos, as well as for Preschool children. The Creative Curriculum® is based on developmentally appropriate principles, proven early childhood research, and play as the means for exploration and learning. Learning through play affords each child the opportunity to develop problem-solving skills, social skills, and creative expression.

Creative Curriculum

The Creative Curriculum® uses a child-centered approach, while teachers and parents partner to support the child’s interests. Utilizing an investigative method to learning, this curriculum employs studies to promote children’s cognitive, physical, language, and social-emotional development. It integrates, science, math, social studies, art, and technology in each study which provides a holistic approach to learning. The curriculum’s daily schedule offers a consistent structure for the development of routines and rituals.

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