Harbor Child Care at the Herricks Center in New Hyde Park welcomes children from twelve weeks through twelve years of age. Our full capacity across all programming is 440, with staff ratios in accordance to NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) regulations. The Herricks Center is a beautiful building with large grounds and plenty of room for teacher supervised outdoor activities and events for our children.
Our 21st Century playground was completed in 2017 and includes play equipment for infants, toddlers, pre-kindergarteners and school-age students. In 2018 an Eagle Scout project resulted in the completion of an outdoor classroom next to the new playground and surrounded by beautifully-landscaped flowers and greenery. There is over 16,000 square feet with 19 classrooms dedicated to learning and socialization with an outdoor playspace. Children receive two nutritious meals and snack throughout their day that are prepared on-site and using the highest quality of ingredients. Children with allergies and/or specific dietary needs are accommodated accordingly. We are also a peanut free facility.
As the Center Director of the Herricks location, my main responsibility is to ensure that each child is given the best possible care in terms of being treated with respect, love and helped to fully develop. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to overseeing the Staff and Center and maintaining positive relationships with families.
My Journey at Harbor began as a substitute teacher for all age groups then a part-time assistant and a head teacher before I moved into administration as an assistant center director and currently I am the Center Director. I have a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and also in Early Education (General education and Special education).
If you are interested in enrolling your child at Harbor Herricks and would like to schedule a tour of our center, please fill out the following form to get started. Once you have completed online pre-registration, our center director will contact you to discuss your needs and can schedule a tour at a time and date that is convenient to you.
Amazing place. I have been sending my kids there for morning care for three years now and I couldn’t ask for a better place. The staff is always there to accommodate your needs and answeres any questions. Michelle, the director is really helpful and always promptly responds to emails. I would recommend this place to my closest family members. My son also went there when his was three and four and all the teachers gave them so much love and attention. Everyone really cares about the children and their well-being.
I could not have asked for a better place for my children to be while I am at work! The teachers at Harbor child care are excellent- molding and teaching the kids while keeping in conversation with parents about their schedule/progress/parenting style at home. The children get individualized teaching. In the infant class, the care givers are in tune with each baby and are very gentle with schedules, which I appreciate a lot. The administration is open to feedback and they make great efforts to have personal connections with all the families.
There's nothing more worrisome as a first time parent to leave your child with strangers all day. I'm happy to say that Harbor has exceeded our expectations and made us feel at ease taking care of our son. The teachers are friendly, easy to talk to and take very good care of the little ones. Communication is an important part between teacher and parent and they do an excellent job letting you know your child's progress. They have fun activities that are conducive to learning. My son has learned so many new things since starting Harbor. I'm very happy with the facility and the program overall. I recommend this location to any parents who are hesitant to leave their child in the care of others. Special thank you to Ms.Smita for accommodating us on short notice. Thank you to Ms.Rosanne and the fireflies for treating us like family and taking such good care of our little one.
My two kids have gone to Harbor Day Care at Herricks for the last few years. It has been a great experience for us via various classes and teachers. The center is run very professionally maintaining a high standard. They are always responsive to questions and promote learning among the children. The kids have grown in terms of social skills and basic academics during the stay. The center directors are very approachable and open to suggestions. Both the kids have loved the center and remember their teachers with appreciation. That's probably the biggest compliment.
After meeting the teachers of the Raindrops classroom I knew this was the school for my son. They were incredibly patient, and encouraged him in every aspect. He comes home full of excitement, and can’t wait to share his day with me! I’ve noticed how much his vocabulary and social skills have grown over the past several months as well. I would highly recommend Harbor to anyone searching for a local daycare.
I started using Harbor Child Care at Herrick’s with my oldest kid for camp on summer vacations, filled with great activities and lots of friends, it has never been disappointing for me or my kid. After I find out I was pregnant again I knew the only place I could sent my little one when I went back to work was Harbor Childcare. It’s been more than 5 years that I had met my Harbor family (because is how the staff makes me feel like the uncles and aunts that visit for the holidays) and I couldn’t be happier that I was recommended to come here. Harbor Child Care allows me to work knowing that my kids are being care for and, any issues are communicated with me, like calling me if my child gets sick. There is good communication and everybody is always pleasant. Thanks to Harbor I have a great peace of mind when I drop of my kids and have to go to work, I Know this place can’t be replace.
When I was looking for a Day care for my kids ,I came to know about Harbor Child Care.
All I can say as a mother I could not think any other place other than Harbor childcare for my kids.The best child care in the town !!! With an amazing Director Ms Smita and the management. I saw my kids growing From a baby to a toddler under a very caring , trained and professional staff. I would like to appreciate and thanks Ms Christine , Ms Ramona , Ms Evett and the wonderful management .All the best!!!
Both my children have been attending Harbor for years. There's no one I would trust more with my kids. The teachers and staff are AMAZING, sweet, caring, knowledgeable, and always willing to talk to parents. They treat each child like their own and that's the most a parent can ever ask for.
We are incredibly happy with the care that our baby gets at Harbor Child Care...he's been going since he was about 3 months old and he LOVES his teachers. They truly love and care for him, which makes me feel better when I'm at work all day. The office and administrators are really hands on and responsive.
Really enjoying watching our child grow at Harbor. Really kind people with tons of flexibility for busy parents.
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.
The Herricks Center has been housed in the Herricks Community Center since 1981. We share space in this stately structure with the administration of the Herricks Public Schools, the Herricks Community Fund, local senior citizen groups and other community based organizations.
Our Herricks Center provides the highest quality instruction, education and care for every child in our infant, toddler and pre-kindergarten programs. We also offer a school-age program for local elementary school youngsters with a morning session before school and an afternoon session until 6pm. Both sessions provide bus transportation to the elementary schools in the morning and from the elementary schools in the afternoon. Our nine-week summer camp for children from ages 6-12 includes fantastic activities and local trips at extremely reasonable rates.