Quality and affordable programs for infants, toddlers, children, and families.

  • The Monter Early Childhood 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 Special Needs Center provides recreational, educational and social opportunities for individuals living with special needs after school and on weekends.

  • Various parent-child programs, babysitting services (day and evening), special programs when public school is closed and enrichment classes for toddlers, youth and teens are offered throughout the year.




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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 Monter Family Early Childhood 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:

  • Days: 3,4, or 5 days
  • Hours: 4, 6.5, or 8-11 hours
  • You can even add a day when 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


Grades K-8
September – June
Kidsplace is a fun & safe recreational program for children offered before & after school. Your child will play with friends & enjoy swim, sports, arts & crafts, homework help & much more! Breakfast, snacks & transportation are provided at no additional charge & you will be eligible for certain enrichment classes & vacation programs at a reduced cost.

For fees & more information contact Victoria Queen, (631)462-9800 x129.




They say it takes a village to raise a child, come join us at the SYJCC and build yours.

New Parent Meet & Greet
9-week course -September 26 – November 21
Thursdays – 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Member Tuition: $180
Non-Member Tuition: $200

Baby and Me
9-week course -September 26 – November 21
Thursdays – 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Member Tuition: $180
Non-Member Tuition: $200

Toddler and Me
9-week course -September 26 – November 21
Thursdays – 9:30 am – 10:15 am

Member Tuition: $180
Non-Member Tuition: $200


Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s birthday at SYJCC with some great party options.

For fees & more information contact Alice Levy, (631)462-9800 x127



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: or (631)462-9800 x118


Check back soon for 2019-20 after school programs.


Soccer (Ages 3 & 4)
Learn the basic fundamentals of soccer with our gym teacher, Miss Stacy, and see if you can score a goal!

Tap Dancing (Ages 3 & 4)
Come tap dance the time away with our dance teacher, Miss Laura!

Swim Class (Ages 3 & 4)
Learn how to swim like a pro in our Olympic-sized swimming pool with certified swim instructors!

All Star Sports
Come join the fun of a sports class with friends. Miss Winkie will work with you to become the best athlete you can be.

Cabaret Kids
In Cabaret Kids, the children will learn to explore emotions and actions through drama with Miss Gayle.

Tennis (Ages 3 & 4)
Come to tennis and learn all about the game and equipment. Try out your best US Open skills.

Ballet (Ages 3 & 4)
Our ballet class exposes children to the basics of this art form with our dance teacher, Miss Laura!

Intro to Dance (2’s)
Children get an introduction to all dance forms in this class. They learn to move their bodies to the music and have fun!

Basketball (Ages 3 & 4)
Are you ready to shoot some hoops? In our basketball course, the children will run drills across the gym and learn all about the game while building sportsmanship skills.

Leap into Literacy (Ages 3 & 4)
Reading is FUNdamental. Please join us as we dive into the world of literacy in a fun, hands-on experience with our literacy teacher, Miss Marcia.

Hip Hop
Does your kiddo want to learn how to bust a move? Our hip-hop class is the place to do it!

Dance Combo
If your child wants to learn to dance but just can’t decide between tap, ballet or hip-hop then this class is the place for them. All dance styles are integrated and explored.

For more information contact Aimee Walter, 631-462-9800 x135 or

Click here to download the Fall 2019 Schedule


Double Dutch Sunday (Grades K-5)
One of America’s favorite pastimes is coming back! Come learn how to Double Dutch with Erica Dantzler, a 2 time world champion and extra in Disney’s “Jump In”. As children progress they will learn tricks and techniques – no experience necessary! Because Double Dutch stresses both collaborative and individual performance, participants learn to work together while gaining confidence.

Dance Combo Thursday (Grades K-5)
Join our dance instructor, Laura Gautsche, on Thursdays for a combination of hip-hop, tap & ballet. Your dance star will learn hip hop and classical dance moves. During the last class you may watch as the dancers hit the stage for their recital.

Splash Ball Monday (Ages 7-12)
An introduction to water polo. To be eligible to participate children should be able to: back float, tread water & front crawl.

Mad Science Tuesday (Grades K-5)
Mad Science, the world’s leader in fun science for children, brings their exciting program to SYJCC. In this class you will learn about Fantastic Flyers, Super Structures & Under Pressure.

Martial Arts Friday (Grades K-5)
This beginner martial arts class will teach your Karate Kid self-defense basics while having a blast! An experienced instructor from the United Studios of Self Defense will help your child to build strength, balance, agility & flexibility. In addition, he/she will develop better study habits, self-confidence, perseverance, respect, self-control & so much more!

Cooking with Stars (Grades K-5)
Little chefs gain confidence as they participate independently in the kitchen. Counting & measuring, as well as ingredient experimentation, make math & science a natural part of every lesson. This is an independent participation class.

Please see Calendar for schedule and fees
For more information contact Rebecca Oyer, (631)462-9800 x129


Holiday Programs (Grades K-6)
(Most school holiday closings)
Your answer to what to do with your child during school break. Children are grouped by age & participate in a number of activities including day trips, assembly programs, gym activities, swim & crafts.

Holiday Programs Extended Day (Grades K-6)
Need some extra coverage for your child during school break? Sign up for extended day to add to the holiday program experience.

For more information contact Victoria Queen, (631)462-9800 x129


BSNC Programs

Emunah After-School Program Ages 5 – 18 [must be 17 upon entry to program] for students with intellectual and/or developmental disorders

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.

For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact Stacey Astachovsky, 631-462-9800 x142 or


Adult Hang Out (Ages 29+) Tuesdays 6pm – 7:30

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 monthly on Mondays at 4pm.


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

Book Buddies (Ages 7-10)

Open to all children between the ages of 7 and 10. A book will be chosen to read followed by an arts & crafts activity related to the book. Snacks provided! Sundays, 3:00 – 4:30, 5 week session through June. $20/member, $30/non-member

Click Here for More Info: Book Buddies


Play Golf with the Butler Center (Youth, Adolescents, and Adults)

Purposeful golf programs for youth, adolescents and adults to enhance their physical, emotional and social quality of life with peer mentors while learning the game of golf! PLAY GOLF FIVE (5) WEEK GROUP INSTRUCTION PROGRAM

Saturday 3:30 – 4:30 6/1/19, 6/8/19, 6/15/19, 6/22/19, 6/29/19

Member Cost $25 Per Class or $115 for all 5 Classes package

Non-Member Cost $30 Per Class or $130 for all 5 Classes package

Click Here for More Info: Play Golf!


Saturday Night T(w)een & Adult Lounge Programs (Ages 12-21)(Ages 21 – 29)

Bi-weekly on Saturdays, 6:00PM – 9:00PM

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 Info:  2_age-groups_Sat-night_lounge.pdf


Life Skills Club (Ages 13-21) (Ages 21 – 29)

Bi-weekly on Sundays, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Programs for teens and adults looking to increase independence & prepare to enter the workforce within a curriculum driven group. Attendees will learn & practice pre-vocational/vocational skills, adult daily living skills (ADL’s) & basic cooking skills.

Click Here for More Info: Lifeskills Group


Sunday Social Group Bi-Weekly Sundays – now two age groups!  (Ages 12-21) (Ages 21 – 29) Fun and swim with friends, hang out with old friends and/or meet new friends!
Click Here for More Info: Sunday Social Group


T(w)een & Adult Social Groups (Ages 12-21) (Ages 21 – 29) Bi-weekly on Sunday, 12:00pm – 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 Groups (Ages 12-21) (Ages 21 – 29) Join us for lunch! We will help prepare a delicious lunch to enjoy as a group. Attendees learn to prepare meals, cook, indulge & work together as a team.

Click Here for More Info:  Lunch_Bunch_2_age_groups.pdf


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.

Adults (21+)

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!


Additional Programs

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.


Looking for a program and don’t see it here? We can work together to create it!

Please see Calendar and Flyers for schedules and fees.

For more information contact Stacey Astachovsky, (631)462-9800 x142 or email