Yes, the Alice Brown Early Learning Center is licensed through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
The center accepts children from 18 months to 5 years old. Full-day care is available five days per week and part-week care consists of two or three full days per week.
The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. The center is closed four weeks per year for training and refurbishment and is closed for major holidays in conjunction with Adelphi University’s operating schedule.
The center embraces an emergent, developmentally appropriate constructivist curriculum. Together, teachers and children are active explorers, building on and expanding a child’s knowledge and understanding through self-discovery and adult-supported guidance. The curriculum is influenced by teacher observations of children’s play, supportive interactions, engaging in active listening and tuning in to children’s needs, interests and current events in their family’s lives.
Interactions between our expert teachers and students foster the development of children’s feelings of competency and independence and enhance the desire to explore the world around them, generating a deep intrinsic love of learning.
Our full-time teachers have experience in the field and hold degrees in early childhood education or a closely related field. Our staff also includes knowledgeable assistant teachers and teaching teams, comprised of Adelphi graduate assistants and student employees. All members of the teaching team participate in an orientation of the center’s policies, procedures, philosophy, learning activities and interactions and guidance expectations.
The children’s daily routine is consistent, yet flexible—including playtime, snack time, meeting time, group work and focus work. Activities are teacher-supported and rooted in structured and unstructured play-based learning that permit children the time and freedom to learn at their own pace.