KIDS & FAMILY
Quality and affordable programs for infants, toddlers, children, and families.
The SYJCC Early Learning Center provides flexible and affordable daycare/preschool programs for infants, toddlers, and children. Our well-rounded curriculum prepares children to succeed in Kindergarten and offers added bonus programs including yoga, cooking, science, gym, swimming and an opportunity to learn a second language.
The Kidsplace program serves as an option for before- or after-school care providing social, educational and recreational activities for school-aged children.
The Butler Center provides recreational, educational and social opportunities for individuals living with special needs after school and on weekends.
Various parent-child programs, special programs when public school is closed and enrichment classes for toddlers to teens are offered throughout the year.
SYJCC EARLY LEARNING CENTER
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A Place Where Children Flourish
When you walk through our doors, your family is invited into a vibrant, welcoming learning community where children 3 months through 5 years are happy, have friends, develop self-confidence and learn everything to succeed in Kindergarten. With over three decades of experience, no other early childhood center can match our combination of caring, expertise, modern facilities and huge offerings. We strive to ensure that your child enjoys the best possible learning and developmental experience.
Quality child care and education depends on caregiving in a friendly, loving atmosphere. Children learn and grow best in a warm, safe, nurturing environment where they are encouraged both individually and in groups to experiment and make discoveries. Our center places children by age and developmental needs. These groups function independently but cooperatively, following routines appropriate to the development of each child.
Learning occurs in a variety of ways, both planned and spontaneous. The center’s program is designed to incorporate many possibilities. We encourage children to make choices and to discuss the activities in which they have participated.
There are opportunities for age appropriate indoor and outdoor play, story time, and routines of physical caregiving, health and competence. Experiences with music & movement, athletics, swimming, arts & crafts, and language and social development are abundant.
The Early Learning Center provides an environment in which children and their families feel at home and comfortable. An integral part of our philosophy is that we work in partnership with families so that we support their needs, child rearing practices and family values. Our program is based on practices supported by research in Early Childhood Education. Children learn by doing. We have created an environment and curriculum that is developmentally appropriate, supports children’s individuality and provides space, materials and activities through which we guide children’s learning.
Children are engaged in experiences that promote self-worth, self-esteem and self confidence, while learning to be responsible for themselves and their actions. They are taught to cooperate with their teachers and peers, while understanding their feelings and learning to express those feelings in an appropriate manner. Children grow and feel secure while learning about the world around them.
We Give You Flexibility
At SYJCC we understand that there are challenges in raising a family and managing everyone’s busy schedules. We give you the flexibility to schedule your children according to your family’s needs. For your convenience, we offer extensive hours – open from 6:30am to 6 pm, five days a week, including many school holidays. You can choose from:
- Choose 3, 4, or 5 days
- Choose 4, 6.5 or 8-11.5 hours per day
- You can even add a day as needed
No need to prepare lunch – it’s provided to your child!
An Active Learning Environment
Recent studies have confirmed what we have known for years; preschool children learn best through active exploration rather than drills and memorization. Visualize your child making friends during circle time, learning new words in a story, mixing colors while painting, experimenting in a science lab, clicking icons on a computer or Smart Board, playing in the tumbling room and more…..
Children of all ages are nurtured and will grow in their self-concept, emotional, social, language, physical and cognitive development.
Weekly specials include Swimming, Physical Education, Music & Movement, Library & S.T.E.M. Lab: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Teachers and school administrators tell us that SYJCC graduates arrive well prepared to excel in school both academically & socially.
For fees & more information contact Miriam Truss, (631)462-9800 x114
BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL CARE
Kidsplace is the SYJCC’s answer to before & after school care for families.
Grades K-6, Available September – June
Monday – Friday, 7:00-9:00am & 3:00-6:00pm
Kidsplace is a fun & safe recreational program offered before & after school for school-aged children. Your child will enjoy time with friends, play sports, cook, make crafts, and have homework help available daily. Children will also be offered free swim time once a week (permission slip required). Breakfast, snacks & transportation are provided at no additional charge.
For fees & more information contact Ron Hayden, (631)462-9800 x120.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. Join us at the SYJCC and build yours.
For information about our parent/tot programs, contact Aimee Walter, 631-462-9800 x135 or email@example.com.
SCHOOL CLOSING CARE
Holiday Programs (Available most school holiday closings)
No school? No problem! The Suffolk Y JCC offers a full day of fun programs for your child during public school holiday closings. Children are grouped by age & participate in a number of activities including day trips, assembly programs, gym activities, swim time and arts & crafts. These programs are open to members and non-members. Children not currently enrolled in Kids Place or SYJCC Summer Camps will need to submit additional paperwork before attending the programs.
Holiday Program Extended Day
Need some extra coverage for your child during school break before or after the program? Sign up for extended hours to add to the holiday program experience, 7:00 – 9:00am or 4:00- 6:00pm. Hours must be prepaid at the time of registration for the program. (No additional fee for children currently registered in Kids Place.)
For more information contact Ron Hayden, (631)462-9800 x120.
The Butler Center Grow 2 Discover Community Classes are now VIRTUAL!
These classes are open to the public and for multiple age groups.
Click here for virtual class details.
Exercise classes that teach healthy lifestyle, physical strength, flexibility, posture, and enhance general awareness. Classes may include Zumba, Yoga, meditation, Hip Hop, Tai Chi, and other genres of fitness and exercise.
Learn the in’s and out’s of all levels of web design with our SYJCC web design instructor. Participants will build their own website, create presentations through Microsoft Office and more.
Learn the fundamentals of acting, singing, dancing and the basics of theater production. Participants will act out monologues while learning voice infliction and enhance vocabulary through acting out words.
Fine Arts University
Learn all the different fundamentals and elements of art and genres of music. Participants will be drawing, sketching, painting, and other STEM type creative art activities as well as identifying different types of music genre, instrumental sounds and the basic fundamentals of music itself.
Nutrition Through Cooking
Learn how to prepare light meals in your own kitchen. Participate in activities related to learning cooking utensils, small appliances, recipes and other life skills needed to prepare a meal.
Learn effective communication and daily living strategies that may help reduce anxiety around peers and in the community while engaging in role playing and other similar activities that help identify proper responses through problem solving and body language.
Build your virtual personal schedule with us! Various individual class sessions available in 15 minute intervals.
Fees for individual class options:
15 minutes: $15/NM, $10/M
30 minutes: $30/NM, $25/M
45 minutes: $45/NM, $40/M
60 minutes: $60/NM, $55/M
Butler Center Resources for COVID-19
The BSNC would like to share this suggested list of resources:
- Explaining COVID-19 information for people with disabilities: https://selfadvocacyinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Plain-Language-Information-on-Coronavirus.pdf
- Suggested Daily Schedule: click here
For more information contact Stacey Astachovsky, (631)462-9800 x142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Butler Center Programs
After-School Program Ages 13 – 18 years
Monday – Friday, 2:30-6:00pm
This fun filled program fosters group interaction while children may improve their motor skills, speech, language & independent living skills. A typical day may include, homework help, monthly edible projects, art projects, gym & fitness, swim programs that could include instruction, fun activities and more!
The Butler Special Needs Center follows the Commack School District calendar. If school is not in session there will also be no after-school program that day. Light snack provided.
After-School Classes Ages 18-Adulthood
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 3:30-5:30pm
This program is intended for students attending an academic school day and would like to join our Grow 2 Discover classes. Click here for a list of classes.
For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact Stacey Astachovsky, 631-462-9800 x142 or email@example.com
Adult Hang Out (Ages 30+) Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:30pm
Adults with intellectual and/or developmental disorders are welcomed to come make new friends by enjoying fun group activities and swimming in the JCC’s pool. Light snack provided.
Click Here for More Info: Tuesday_Adult_Hang-Out.pdf
Self-Advocacy (Ages 18+) Positive Power! Individuals with intellectual and/or developmental diagnoses meet to discuss challenges that they may face, work together to figure out an advocacy plan and then be able to self-advocate to legislatures together. Meets once a month on Monday. Click here for more details.
SANYS U Individuals with intellectual and/or developmental diagnoses are welcome to meet collectively at the SYJCC and be a part of the larger SANYS (Self-Advocacy of New York State). This group’s focus will be to share needs and wants, create resolutions together and present to legislatures at the local level through Suffolk County. Additional advocacy activities available with this group! Come make friends and become your best self-advocate!
Click Here for More Info: SANYS U.pdf
Supported Decision Making
Supported Decision-Making was created as a means because ALL people have a right to make their own decisions with support from trusted persons of their choice. Individuals, family members and providers welcome!
Click Here for More Info: SDMNY
Saturday Night Out! (Ages 13-29 years)
Saturdays, bi-weekly, 5:30 – 8:30pm (times may vary based on activity)
Join us for a night of fun! During this person-centered group activity time, we have a blast engaging each other as we swim, play video games, shoot hoops, create arts & crafts, watch a movie & so much more! Light snack provided.
Click here for more information about Saturday Night Out!
Sunday Social Group (Ages 13-29 years)
Sundays, bi-weekly, 12:00-1:30pm
Join our recreational groups for children and adults with learning differences & special needs. Led by trained staff, participants will build social, self-advocacy & effective communication skills while engaged in recreational activities with others. Swim and light snack included!
Sunday Lunch Bunch (Ages 13-29 years)
Sundays, bi-weekly, 1:30-3:00pm
Join us for lunch! Attendees learn to prepare meals, cook, indulge & work together as a team.
Sunday Here With Us Art Class (Ages 13-29 years)
Sundays, bi-weekly, 3:00-4:30pm
Learn about the different elements of art and create a masterpiece!
Materials provided by the Here With Us Foundation.
Click here for more information about our Sunday Classes.
BSNC Holiday Programs
School Aged Children (5 – 18)
The Butler Center offers programs on most days when school is closed. Ages 5 – 18, up to 21 based on special consideration. From 9a – 3p, join in on the fun in taking trips, swim, gym and tons of fun activities.
Know adults attending Day Services Programs that close for holidays? Looking for something to do on these days? Come share in the fun of our Holiday Programs! Come with old friends, make new friends and have a blast going out into the community, swimming and fun in the gym at your local Suffolk Y JCC. We ask that you bring a peanut free lunch, bathing suit and towel, and wear your sneakers. We look forward to meeting you at the next Holiday Program!
CLASSP Intern Program
High School & Undergraduate Internship Opportunities – Consortia for Learning and Services to Special Populations (CLASSP)
Thanks to the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, Ramapo for Children Services and UJA – Federation of NY, the Butler Special Needs Center can offer you the internship of a lifetime! Working with children and adults with special needs is not only rewarding but also an incredible learning experience. Become a part of a team with your peers here at the Butler Special Needs Center. With plenty of programs running each day of the week, there are plenty of scheduled hours to choose from! Are you looking for something meaningful to do during school breaks? Then, this is the perfect place! SYJCC job opportunities may follow upon completion of program requirements.
For more information contact Stacey Astachovsky, (631)462-9800 x142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspiring Hope for Families Living with Cancer
According to the National Cancer Institute, 24% of adults diagnosed with cancer have one or more children under the age of 18. This equates to nearly 3 million children in the United States living with a parent diagnosed with cancer. Patients with young children face even greater challenges with frequent separation, diminished levels of energy, financial hardship & physical changes in a parent’s appearance due to the unwelcomed side effects of most treatments. Cancer robs a child of the chance to be “just be a kid”. Kamp Hope provides opportunities for a positive, safe, supportive & fun day that lifts the spirits of the entire family.
For more information, or to make a tax-deductible financial gift, please contact Nancy Briel: email@example.com or (631)462-9800 x118