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How Play-Based Learning Enhances Child Development

As we discussed in our previous post, Learning Through Play: Play-Based Education in Early Childhood, play-based learning helps children develop skills that last a lifetime. Learn more about how play-based learning helps prepare children to succeed in the 21st century.

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Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Starting kindergarten is a big step for children, introducing them to new subjects, people, and life experiences. At Harbor Child Care, our pre-kindergarten program prepares your child for this exciting chapter in their life.

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From Home Day Care to Five Centers: Harbor Child Care’s Evolution

Founded by Jill Rooney in 1973 within a Sea Cliff home, Harbor Child Care started with a modest group of eight children. It later achieved accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), establishing itself as one of the pioneering accredited childcare centers on Long Island.

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Beyond ABCs: Exploring STEM Education in Early Childhood at Harbor

As many Long Islanders know, STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. And while people may generally associate the STEM educational approach with older students, it can actually be highly beneficial to early learners. At Harbor Child Care, we utilize The Creative Curriculum, which incorporates STEM, providing children with a plethora of academic tools.

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Exploring Beyond the Classroom: Educational Trips During School Breaks

When school is not in session, Harbor Child Care continues providing school-age children with exciting learning experiences outside the classroom. We plan educational field trips during all school closings, allowing children to learn year-round.

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Winter Wellness: Keeping Kids Active Indoors and Outdoors

The winter months provide plenty of opportunities for children to participate in fun, educational activities. This post offers some ideas for outdoor and indoor winter activities, some of which Harbor Child Care utilizes in and out of the classroom.

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Promoting Literacy Inside and Outside of the Classroom

Did you know New York State has a literacy rate of under 80%? Sadly, our literacy rate is among the ten lowest in the US. The most significant portion of Americans learn to read during their early childhood years. This is why literacy-focused activities are paramount within our early childhood education programs.

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A Look Back – 50 Years of Providing Quality Child Care at Harbor

As we mentioned in our previous post, 20,000 Students and Counting: Celebrating the Beginning of Harbor Child Care, we first opened our doors in 1973. Initially providing quality child care and education from a home in Sea Cliff, we now have five thriving locations throughout Nassau County.

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The Importance of Quality Early Childhood Education

The importance of quality childhood education programs spans many levels. Serving as a foundational building block, these programs empower our youngest learners to reach their full potential.

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Full-Day Child Care Benefits: Why Extended Hours Matter for Working Parents

As mentioned in our previous post, Harbor Child Care Supports Working Families, we provide access to quality childhood education programs while enabling parents to pursue their professional commitments. Our flexible hours give working families peace of mind, knowing their children are in a safe, nurturing educational environment.

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