The Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute
The Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute offers a quality early education program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The Child Care Institute is licensed, and in the spring of 2014 it was reaccredited by The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the leading organization of early childhood professionals.
Of Nassau County’s 210 licensed early childhood education programs, the Child Care Institute is one of only 12 to have achieved NAEYC accreditation. Nationwide, only 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs are NAEYC-accredited. For more information about NAEYC accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org/academy.
The Child Care Institute’s program focuses on the child's total development - social, emotional, cognitive and physical. It offers developmentally appropriate activities for children ages 8 weeks to 5 years, providing opportunities for hands-on, integrated learning. Children are grouped according to age and ability. The child-to-staff ratio meets and exceeds those required by New York State licensing and NAEYC standards for excellence in care.
The environment is clean, safe, secure and aesthetically appealing, containing a child-centered playground and wonderful outdoor space, inclusive of Hofstra's beautiful campus and facilities.
The Child Care Institute encourages parent involvement and education in an enriched learning environment. The interdisciplinary services of the clinical programs associated with the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center render the Child Care Institute unique in the provision of education, care, assessment and enriched learning environments for young children and their families.
The CCI is now a Champion Center! The CCI is one of the first child care centers in Nassau County to earn this designation from the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CCI has just completed the Eat Well Play Hard Program Initiative (EWPH) under the auspices of the Child Care Council of Nassau. EWPH was developed by CACFP to prevent childhood obesity and reduce long-term risks for chronic disease through promotion of targeted dietary practices and increased physical activity. The initiative just called for programs to step up and provide more nutritionally balanced meals and snacks, teacher training in nutrition and physical activity, parent education workshops and food discovery activities in our classrooms. Champion Centers are held to very high standards and are required to increase the number of healthy snacks provided.
In addition to NAEYC reaccreditation, the Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute is recognized as a preferred provider servicing military families by the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies and as a “Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Center” by the New York State Department of Health’s Child and Adult Care Food Program.
The Child Care Institute is open year-round, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided.
Enrollment is year-round and is open to the Hofstra Community and families living or working on Long Island. DSS subsidy and scholarship programs may be available for those that meet income eligibility guidelines.
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In 2010 the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies named Hofstra University’s Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute a preferred provider servicing military families.
The Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute has been designated a 2016-2019 Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Center by the New York State Department of Health's Child and Adult Care Food Program.