Harbor Child Care at RXR Plaza welcomes children from twelve weeks through five years of age. Our full capacity across all programing is 116, 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 RXR Plaza offers services from 7:30am - 6:00pm Monday through Friday year-round. There is over 10,000 square feet with 9 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 Anniina Macaluso. I am the Center Director at Harbor Child Care at the RXR Plaza. I have been working for Harbor Child Care for almost 10 years and I have over 16 years of experience in the early childhood field. I’ve worked with children of all ages before I became an administrator. I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood at Empire State College
As the director, my goal is to ensure a healthy, safe, and fun environment where children and families enjoy the support from teachers who implement an educationally rich setting that will foster and promote a life time of learning.
My daughter has attended Harbor Child Care at the Plaza for over 2.5 years and I must say this was the best decision we made! The love and attention given by both the teachers and staff exceeds anything I could have hoped for. I quickly noticed my daughter excelling intellectually as a result of their amazing programs. They went above and beyond to ensure my daughter adjusted properly and I will be forever grateful that she had such amazing people to care for her. Highly recommend - Harbor is second to none.
My son has been at Harbor for 4 years. He started at 3 months old. I've always felt that I could go to work and not worry about him there. All of the teachers are the nicest people. I really appreciate how kind they have been to him over the past 4 years. They have a good balance of learning and fun, he doesn't want to leave at the end of the day!
I have been sending my son to harbor child care for the past four years. I visited several other day cares before choosing harbor. Many other centers were not as warm and inviting as harbor. Teachers were always smiling, and they were actively playing and involved with the children.
My very first day, I cried when I left my 6 month old in the hands of strangers to take care of. Not only did the staff take care of my baby, but they also took care of me. They let me cry when I was trying to be brave, and they always took my phone calls when I needed to just check In. They have been patient, kind and caring with all of my concerns and questions. Any time I have had an issue, it was addressed with professionalism.
Being an early childhood educator, the experiences that my son has on a daily basis is very important to me. There is a great balance of play time, playground, and academic lessons. It's remarkable to see the growth that my son has gained, both physically and emotionally over the past few years. I highly recommend harbor child care to any parents considering this site for their children.
My son will have been at Harbor Child Care at The Plaza for 2 years this upcoming February, from the time he was just 3 months old. My husband and I as first time parents, couldn't be happier or more appreciative for what Harbor Child Care has given our son and our family. He has learned so much there, but most importantly he is happy and well adjusted. He truly loves being there and we have come to deeply care for the teachers and fellow children he spends his days with. I would definitely recommend this daycare to anyone.
My daughter has been attending Harbor at the Plaza for about a year and it has been a wonderful experience. It was the first time leaving my 1st child in the hands of strangers, needless to say her and I had a very hard time. The staff were so understanding and helped us in the transition. Gave my daughter and I hugs and talks to help get us through! The teachers are very knowledgeable and caring and they have a wonderful schedule that keeps them entertained all day!
I can't say enough about Harbor Child Care at the Plaza. I knew this facility was a mother's dream from the day I went to visit! I got such a warm fuzzy feeling when I went on a tour. I was a new mother dropping my 9 month old off at a strange place, but from the day I registered him he has been so loved and taken care of by every one of the staff members. From the directors to the teachers, everyone at Harbor Child Care at The Plaza is incredible. The love and care they give each child is so special...it has become my sons second home. My son has learned so much (now in PreK) and I have all of the teachers and upper management to thank for that. I am going to be so sad when he graduates in June! The staff at Harbor Child Care at The Plaza were not only caretakers for my son, they became part of our family!
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 the Plaza is located on the first floor in the East Tower of the RXR skyscrapers in Uniondale. The towers are occupied by numerous companies and businesses. Many of the parents of the children who attend our center work in the building and easily can visit their children during the day.
Our student capacity is 116 within 9 classrooms comprising of 10,000 square feet. A unique feature of the center is that the classrooms are built in a semi-circle surrounded by large exterior windows. This bright and cheerful atmosphere contains a large area used as an indoor gym. There is also a modern fenced in playground.