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 2019 it was reaccredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the leading organization of early childhood professionals.
The Child Care Institute is open year-round, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 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.
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.
Of the more than 200 licensed early childhood education programs in Nassau County, the Child Care Institute is one of fewer than 20 to have achieved NAEYC accreditation. Nationwide, only 8% of all preschools and other early childhood programs are NAEYC-accredited. More information about NAEYC accreditation.
The Child Care Institute is now a Champion Center! It 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 Child Care Center 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.
Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Center
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.