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South Shore Children’s Center


1 Craig B Gariepy Avenue

Islip Terrace, New York 11752

Call for information/ availability/ and tours!

Registration for the 2023/2024 School year will begin January 4, 2023

Call for a private tour between Dec. 1st-21st or attend our open house                                              Friday Jan. 13th 4pm-7pm or Saturday Jan. 14th 10am-2pm

Children Development Programs Tailored to Your Child’s Needs

Fun-Filled and Engaging Learning Centers

Every classroom engages learning centers throughout the day.  Our thematic curriculum is reflected in the teacher or student directed activities.  We believe children learn through play, and our learning centers are designed to provide those opportunities.

English/Language Arts

Children are introduced and exposed to English language arts through a multitude of lessons and strategies developed to encourage emergent reading readiness and skills. We provide formal handwriting lessons, sight word vocabulary, and manipulative experiences all supporting the goal of a strong reading foundation.

We offer a print-rich environment that allows the center to become part of the overall learning experience.

Math and Manipulative Center

We introduce your child to different elements that build fine motor skills used for writing and dexterity. These include math attributes, Unifix cubes, patterning, puzzles, sorting and lacing toys, houses, farms with people and animals, as well as table and floor puzzles of all sizes and shapes and non-competitive board and table games.

We begin with the concrete exploration of mathematical skills and offer abstract concepts in a progressive manner.

STEM Center

Utilizing hands-on, age-appropriate activities, children explore science through: cooking/measuring cups and spoons, liquid measurement, dry measurement; magnifiers, microscopes, light activity table, tape measures, prisms, magnets, balance scale, seasonal science activities, and more. Each week, we offer a different science experience related to our overall theme.

Library-Media Center/ Story Time

We promote readings from a variety of quality literature and medium, including flannel board, Big Books, and independent reading. We also have a listening center where your child may use headphones to read books on tape.

Art Center

Table art, easel art, cutting, gluing, collaging, the list goes on and on! Here in the art center, children create artwork that reflects our monthly theme, or the letter of the week.

Fine motor and gross motor skills are developed and enhanced with table and easel activities. They can also let their own creativity run free. We believe that it is the process, not the product which matters. As a result, the projects are not only teacher-designed but also kid-created!


Equipped with all the toys that children love, this center promotes cooperative play and verbalization. We believe in playing to learn through the use of creative expression; which allows children to play out the many different roles that exist within a community and home environment. Building blocks, Legos, marble works, cars, boats, trains, and planes are used to teach the basics of building and imagination.

Music and Gross Motor

Singing, instruments, music appreciation, movement, and rhythm are daily activities the children enjoy. Gross motor skills are developed through structured activities as well as free play, using balls, toys with wheels, parachutes, balance beams, climbing and crawling apparatus, mats, 

and beanbags.  We have a gymnasium space, an indoor playroom and an outdoor playground to enhance our gross motor activities.

Imaginative Play

Blocks & Legos


Much, Much, More.....

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