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This year, we celebrated 50 years of providing quality childhood education programs for families throughout Nassau County. Harbor Child Care is proud to have taught over 20,000 young learners since opening. Let’s look back at the building blocks that helped us accomplish this special milestone.

Opening the Doors to Quality Early Childhood Education

Back in 1973, Jill Rooney started Harbor Child Care in a Sea Cliff home. Initially serving just eight children, Harbor Child Care would become one of the first childcare centers on Long Island to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.


A lifelong advocate for quality childhood education programs, Jill Rooney played an integral part in starting several groups dedicated to early learning, including:

  • Teaching Institute for Infant Caregivers
  • Nassau County Coalition for Childcare
  • Coalition for Health and Wellness in the Early Years
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On behalf of the entire team at Harbor Child Care, we would like to thank Jill Rooney for being a visionary and a pioneer in the early childhood education field. Also, thank you to everyone who has helped us reach this point. We look forward to continuing to provide Long Island families with the best in early childhood education programs.

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