Harbor Child Care at Hempstead welcomes children from twelve weeks through twelve years of age. Our full capacity across all programing is 154, with staff ratios in accordance to NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) regulations. Full time and part time care options are available at this location.
Harbor Child Care at Hempstead offers services from 6:45am - 6:00pm Monday through Friday year-round. There is over 8,300 square feet with 10 classrooms dedicated to learning and socialization with an outdoor playspace. Children receive two nutritious meals and a snack throughout their day that are prepared on-site, using the highest quality of ingredients. Children with allergies and/or specific dietary needs are accommodated accordingly. We are also a peanut-free facility.
Harbor has more than forty years of experience in the provision of a warm, nurturing climate for our children and for the comfort of their parents. In addition to this caring atmosphere, Harbor recognizes its role as an educational institution that provides the skills, concepts and content that young children need and crave in these formative years. The children enjoy being students who go to school and our staff enjoys being educators who love teaching them.
My name is Marilyn Rodriguez and
I am the Center Director in Hempstead. I have been employed with Harbor for 6 years. I was a head teacher at Manhasset and then became the Center Director there before moving to Hempstead. I provide quality care to children of all ages, ensuring health and safety for all of our youngsters.
I ensure that all children under my care receive love and affection, security and daily learning experiences. I hold a BS in Criminal Justice with a minor in Business from St. John’s University and I am currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Bilingual Childhood Special Education in Inclusive Settings.
The pre-kindergarten program at Harbor Child Care provides a supportive environment for all students. Our teacher-to-student ratio enables us to focus on the needs of each individual child within a carefully planned curriculum. Harbor Child Care employs The Creative Curriculum®, which is a widely known and respected research-based curriculum with clearly defined educational objectives. Every day is a learning adventure in our prekindergarten classrooms where children are encouraged and taught to become independent thinkers. Harbor Child Care addresses all of the important areas of learning through play, and focuses on challenging children appropriately through their developmental ages and stages. Educational programing becomes more structured and offers children an opportunity to maximize their ability to succeed.
The daily schedule provides a consistent structure to the day; allowing for the development of routines and rituals. However, it permits the flexibility and openness to follow children's interest and address their needs. The curriculum encourages and supports a balance of free choice and teacher guided activities and allows time for small and large group activities. Learning through play offers children hands on experiences to develop problem solving skills, social skills and creative expression. Math, technology, science, and art components are strongly emphasized and are incorporated throughout the entire day through fun learning activities.
Harbor Child Care at Hempstead is a unique center that is located in the middle of a multicultural village. Hempstead staff provides the warm nurturing environment of a small center despite its size. The center possesses a staff of diverse and experienced individuals. Hempstead prides itself on maintaining an environment which fosters learning and family involvement. We at Hempstead work towards making an impact on the lives of all of our children.
Many of our students begin attending Hempstead as infants and stay with us through toddler and pre-kindergarten ages. When these students turn five and begin kindergarten in elementary school, Harbor provides these families with our school age program offering homework assistance and fun activities in both before and after school settings.