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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

Ensuring a Positive Experience for Both Children and Parents


At South Shore Children’s Center in Islip Terrace, New York, we are committed to providing children with exceptional early childhood education and care services. Before enrolling your child, please take the time to read our policies.


Registration is based on availability. We will not discriminate based on race, color, gender, religion, or national origin.

Medical Concerns

There must be a medical history form completed by a licensed physician for each child registered submitted before admission. As per NYS Law, we require all children to have the standard immunizations and provide an authorized record of immunizations before admission. 


Our affordable tuition is based on an annual fee, broken down into 10 monthly payments. To maintain your child’s position in his/her class, full tuition payments are required regardless of absenteeism. There are no makeup days. For any child leaving the program, a 30-day written notice is required before leaving.  We offer discounts for siblings and pay in full accounts.

REGULAR PROGRAM is a school year program from September to  Mid-June. This regular program follows the public school calendar, closing during school breaks and holidays.  However, we offer mini camp programs during school breaks to maintain continuum of care.  These mini camps are optional, and available for additional fees.  

SUMMER CAMP programs (Mid June-August) are registered in the spring each year.  You are not obligated to participate in summer, and you can pick and choose any of the thematic weeks that fit into your schedule.  Families only pay for what they use!

Weather Emergencies

There may be occasions when the center must close due to inclement weather. Closing will be announced on stations WBLI 106.1 and Walk 97.5 FM as well as TV NEWS CHANNEL 12 between 6:00 AM and 8:00 AM.

In the event of an emergency closing during center hours, you will be notified immediately. If you are not home or are unable to pick your child up, we will contact your emergency pick-up person. No child will be released from the center until arrangements are made to ensure they will not be going home to an empty house.


For the safety of all the children in the center, all exterior doors remain locked from the outside during school hours. However, parents have unlimited access to their children as often as they feel necessary. You may either call ahead or ring the doorbell and a staff member will escort you to your child.

Photo IDs of authorized pick-up persons will be maintained in each child’s folder and obtained when they pick the child up for the first time.