In October 2017 Johnny Tretolo called the Executive Offices of Harbor Child Care.
Tretolo was no ordinary caller. He is a Harbor alumnus seeking assistance in becoming an Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop No. 45. Harbor was more than happy to respond favorably to Tretolo ’s request.
Tretolo was a pre-kindergartener in the Bumblebees classroom at the Harbor Herricks Center in New Hyde Park instructed by head teacher Evette Sandifer. Tretolo chose to build an outdoor classroom learning environment in the remaining unused space of the Harbor Herricks courtyard for his Eagle Scout project. Tretolo ’s choice is based on his fond memories and experiences of Harbor and his favorite teacher Ms. Evette.
Tretolo used the proceeds from his well-organized fundraising to purchase soil, grass seed, plants, flowers, shrubs, and student and teacher benches to comprise the outdoor classroom. Harbor assisted with a clothing drive and collected nearly 100 bags of clothing.
A ribbon cutting ceremony for the outdoor classroom learning environment was held last Wednesday.
A few months ago this area of the courtyard consisted of a pile of dirt and rocks. Now the area just rocks.
Harbor Child Care appreciates the support and friendship of the Herricks School District in support of this endeavor. They wish to also thank Harbor’s Board of Directors, parents and staff for their unending love and support of child care initiatives throughout the year.
The Glen Cove Center of Harbor Child Care was delighted that Glen Cove Mayor Tim Tenke and Deputy Mayor Maureen Basdavanos visited us on March 15. Led by their three-year old tour guide Patrick, they visited every classroom and spoke with our teachers and students, observed learning taking place from the Creative Curriculum and felt they were received warmly by everyone. As a strong supporter of education in general and early childhood learning settings in particular, Mayor Tenke complimented Harbor as an organization that adds value to the City of Glen Cove through its daily efforts and through its extensive outreach into the community. Deputy Mayor Basdavanos remarked what a pleasure it was to meet everyone at the Harbor Glen Cove Center, especially their amazing tour guide Patrick.
Photo: (from left to right) - Dr. Arnie Goldberg, Harbor Child Care Executive Director; Glen Cove Center Director Claudia Recarey; Glen Cove Mayor Tim Tenke; Glen Cove Deputy Mayor Maureen Basdavanos; Glen Cove Assistant Director Erica Giddens. (Front) - Patrick P., Student and Tour Guide
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Recess just became a lot more fun for the students of Harbor Child Care’s New Hyde Park location.
The daycare and afterschool program for students, located at the Herricks community center, recently completed its new playground project. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the playground was held on Dec. 8. The playground will help students engage more with the outdoors, which Smita Daniel, center director, said is important for this generation of children. “They are born with the [tech] skills,” Daniel said. “You ask them, ‘Where do tomatoes come from,’ and they say ‘the store.'” The center plans on having outdoor classes and gardening by the playground in the future, Daniel said.
Arnold Goldberg, Harbor Child Care executive director, said they decided to go first class when creating the playground. The replacement project would not have been possible without the help of Herricks Union Free School District Superintendent Fino Celano and his staff, Goldberg said.
Herricks let Harbor Child Care use their district architect at no charge, Goldberg said. The playground has a new rubber safety surface area. It also features custom-made structures for children ages 2 to 12. The most exciting part about the new playground is the area for infants, which the former playground didn’t have, Daniel said.
“Now the infants can kind of crawl around and climb,” Daniel said.
The infant area is for any that can walk, which Daniel said will be the infants between 12 and 18 months.
The infant area also has musical playground equipment the children can play with and experiment on.
The Harbor Child Care program serves children three-months-old to 12-years-old between the daycare and afterschool program.
The playground will be well used by Harbor Child Care students for many years to come.
The program is in it’s 36th year at the Herricks Community center, and signed on to another five year lease for the building, Goldberg said.
“We’re not leaving after that,” he added.
On October 20, 2017 the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce held its 33rd Annual Small Business Person of the Year and Legislative Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The event honored business people from each of the almost 50 local Chambers of Commerce. The event is attended each year by more than 600 people, including many state and county legislators, mayors, and appointed officials, drawing together all the makers and shakers of the business community.
The participating Chambers honorees included Harbor’s very own Executive Director, Dr. Arnold B. Goldberg. Arnie was chosen by the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce for enriching the lives of the Glen Cove community. His community service can be attributed to the work of the Harbor Glen Cove Center and its staff. Both he and the Center have worked extensively in promoting the Center since its opening in July of 2015. Arnie has met with nearly 30 dignitaries and community agencies from the City of Glen Cove, New York. He is also an active member of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce and the Glen Cove InterAgency Council.
On Saturday September 23, 2017 Every Child Matters Annual Step Up for Kids Day on Long Island recognized and celebrated several outstanding individuals, centers and agencies who exemplify what it means to be a quality care provider, going above and beyond every day, in the development and overall health and well-being of our children. Harbor Child Care was one of many organizations honored for its commendable work in the early childhood field. The family-friendly event was sponsored by our friend and colleague QS2 Training and Consulting and included a performance from Mike the Music Man, face painting, crafts, children’s activities, lunch and an awards ceremony.
Harbor Child Care could not have been prouder to have been selected to receive numerous awards, especially for the following:
Every Child Matters is a national organization dedicated to making children’s issues a national priority www.EveryChildMatters.org. It was truly an honor for Harbor Child Care to be a recipient of these awards. We are so proud of our achievements.
Harbor Child Care’s heartfelt thanks goes to families, friends and staff for their kind and loving nominations!
Harbor Child Care is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization, which has been in existence for over 40 years. We provide the highest quality of instruction for every child in our first-rate early childhood setting. Since our inception we believe over 20,000 children have experienced the warm, kind, and intelligent community that is Harbor Child Care. We currently serve approximately 1,000 children across five centers in Nassau County in our early childhood, school age and summer programs. Our staff-to-child ratios are in accordance to NYS Office of Children and Family Services regulations.
For questions about our Glen Cove Center, please contact Center Director Claudia Recarey at (516) 277-2123 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about our Herricks Center, please contact Center Director Smita Daniel at (516) 248-7048 or email: email@example.com.
Please visit our website at www.harborchildcare.org for further information regarding Harbor Child Care locations, programs and events. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!
A group of four-year-olds are jumping up and down, delighted that they will be playing a game that involves brightly colored balls. Most children would be excited to do this activity, but what these children do not know is that they will be learning too. They attend Harbor Child Care in Glen Cove, which is committed to using The Creative Curriculum, a course of study with clearly defined educational objectives to prepare children for kindergarten.
Children are taught to be independent thinkers utilizing structured educational programing, but are also able to follow their interests and individual needs.
The program was brought to the center by Executive Director Dr. Arnold Goldberg, a former superintendent for the Merrick School District who has been in the field of education for 46 years. “When we opened a year and a half ago we became committed to seeing ourselves become an educational agency like a school district, opposed to a day care center,” Goldberg explained. “The nurturing, warm atmosphere is maintained here but we also have a curriculum. Every teacher and administrator has a set of the materials that come with The Creative Curriculum.” The days of bringing home practice worksheets to show mom are gone, or at least they are at Harbor Child Care.
“Everything I did when I was growing up did not involve play,” said Liz Russo, a teacher who is working on a unit with a group of 4 and 5-year olds that focuses on building. “The parents expect worksheets and memorization, an outdated [educational] practice. Everything we do here has educational content without the worksheets, including social studies, math, science and literacy.”
The children in Russo’s class are holding computer generated photographs of a familiar building, including one of McDonald’s. “What kind of building is this,” Russo asks, referring to the McDonald’s photograph. “A restaurant,” the children answer with confidence. “How do you know it is a McDonald’s?”
Then she points to the big “M” on the sign and then the conversation switches to a comparison between large and small buildings. That’s the mathematics component of the lesson.
“We will be reading a book later too — “The Three Little Pigs,” Russo said. “We will discuss what can be used to build buildings and if I can find a local construction worker to come by with his tools they will also get some firsthand experience of building. On another day, they will build with cardboard boxes.”
The teachers all receive professional development to assist them in teaching The Creative Curriculum. The units’ center on expanding children’s critical thinking skills, ability to analyze information and their vocabulary.
“Eighty percent of cognitive brain growth is complete at nine months,” Goldberg said. “And the children here are learning with other children, so when they do go to kindergarten it isn’t culture shock.”
Goldberg said they are working to increase the technology available at the center too. “We’d like to see the four-year-olds be able to do computer programming so they are ready for kindergarten, but that doesn’t mean they will be looking at a device all day,” he explained.
Maggie Orellana’s class of four-year-olds are near the end of the unit on balls. All the various unit’s activities that the children have participated in over the six-week period are brought out today for them to enjoy.
By kicking a soccer ball, they are working on their gross motor skills; tossing a ball to each other improves their eye and muscle coordination. Orellana said she is always searching for new lessons to engage the children. “Sometimes I’m home sleeping and I’ll wake up with an idea,” she said smiling. “I need to be creative.”
Orellana has created a book that chronicles the children participating in the different activities during the ball unit. They appear engaged in the photographs — and happy.