Cute Baby Crawling


We know how tough it is to put your baby in day care after being home with them for their first precious moments. We get it, we are mommies, too. This is exactly why we know how to support you during this transition.

Our spacious baby room is designed for our infants to have the freedom to develop their gross motor skills. Teachers support our babies learning how to crawl, walk, climb, and play! Our program follows the NYS Early Learning Guidelines, helping each baby meet the appropriate milestones for their age.

Frequently asked questions

What do I need to bring on my child's first day?

Below is a list of items that are required for infants every day. Most of these items can be stored in the classroom

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Diapering cream/powder as needed
  • 2 bottles
  • Formula, breast milk, and/or baby food if you choose to provide it from home
    • We provide Enfamil powder formula and Gerber baby food for infants under 12 months with parents' permission.
  • 2 outfits of spare clothing including socks (in a labeled bag)
  • Fitted crib sheet
  • Baby bag

Are the teachers certified?

Academic Explorers is committed to providing best practice, high-quality child care and early childhood education. All employees are up to date with New York State's child care provider training requirements. One of our core values is Learning. This does not only apply to children learning, but the continued education of our team members as well. All Lead Teachers participate in year-round professional development and are dedicated to putting your C.H.I.L.D. F.I.R.S.T. There is always a team member on-site with a current valid certification in Infant and Child CPR & First Aid as required by New York State regulations.

How do I communicate with my child's teachers?

Parents have the option to download and use an app called Tadpoles Parent to view daily reports of how their child's day went. With the app, you can see the daily activities, meals, bottles, diaper changes, pictures, videos, and notes from the teachers. Parents can also send notes directly to the teachers through the app. We do have an open door policy for parents of enrolled children and we encourage family volunteers, but visits and volunteering must be approved by the Director, to ensure the whole class is not disrupted. You may also call our main office to check in on how your child is doing.

Do the children nap?

Yes. Since our infants are at different developmental levels, our teachers pay close attention to each baby's individual needs and follow the feeding and napping schedules provided by the parents. Each infant is assigned their own crib. When they get sleepy, the teachers place the infants to sleep on their backs inside of their assigned crib.

What type of activities will my child do? Is there a curriculum?

At Academic Explorers, we put the C.H.I.L.D. F.I.R.S.T. One of our core values is Learning. All children participate in age-appropriate developmental activities throughout the day. Each class follows a routine daily schedule that challenges our students' communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal-social skills. Children enrolled in our Infant class explore Teaching Strategies' Creative Curriculum for Infants & Toddlers during the school year. Guess what? You can see what your Little Academics are learning each day by downloading the free Tadpoles app and signing up with the same email you registered with. You will be sent a daily report each day that your child is present detailing the Teacher's lesson plan and any pictures and videos taken of his/her participation throughout the day.

What are the program hours?

Our center is open from 6:30am - 6:30pm. We offer families the flexibility of selecting a session that works for their schedule. The session options are outlined below:

  • School Day: 8:00am - 2:00pm
  • Full Day: 8:00am - 5:30pm
  • Extended AM: 6:30am - 5:30pm
  • Extended PM: 8:00am - 6:30pm
  • Extended Day: 6:30am - 6:30pm
  • Before School: 6:30am - 8:00am
  • After School: 2:00pm - 6:30pm
The majority of our educational, curriculum-based activites are conducted between 8:30am and 2:00pm. Parents are encouraged to drop their children off by 8:30am each day.

How many teachers are in the classroom?

There is one teacher for every 4 infants. Throughout the majority of the day, there are always at least two teachers present. There is a maximum of 8 infants in the classroon.

Are meals provided?

Absolutely! Academic Explorers receives funding from the New York State Child and Adult Care Food Program to provide free nutritious meals and snacks to all children enrolled in our program. We offer free Enfamily powder formula and Gerber baby food for infants under 12 months. Parents can choose to provide their own formula, milk, and baby food from home if they would prefer, as long as what is provided is developmentally appropriate, nutritious, and does not pose a choking hazard. For infants older than 12 months that are ready to eat regular foods, we serve the breakfast, lunch, snack, and whole milk provided by our food vendor. Currently, our food vendor is Five Loaves Food Service. As long as your child is present during the meal/snack time, (s)he will receive breakfast, lunch, and snack every day. Five Loaves Food Service cycles their meals through a four-week menu. Each food item is subject to equally nutritious substitutions based on availability.

What are the tuition rates?

Tuition is billed weekly and the rates vary depending on the child's age, schedule, services and/or group placement. Personalized quotes may only be given in person during the tour. Additionally, tuition is billed based on enrollment in our program, not attendance. Therefore, tuition must always be paid in full regardless of child absences or closings.

Does the center accept DSS or any other child care subsidy?

Yes! We accept most child care assistance programs such as DSS, ACS, AmeriCorps, 1199SEIU Funds, etc. If you have a different type of assistance program not listed, we may still accept it, just give us a call at (516) 378-5656.

How will the program assess my child's development, skills, and readiness?

Upon registration families are asked to complete an Ages and Stages Questionnaire. Within 45 days of enrollment, the child's teacher will also complete the same Questionnaire. This is our initial screening process to help us determine what developmental level your child is on when they begin in our program. This screening is done annually every September. Throughout the school year, quarterly assessments are completed by the teachers. Parents will be asked to come in for Parent-Teacher Conferences every December, March, and June to discuss the assessment results.

Does the center provide transportation?

We do offer transportation services. We transport children to and from their homes and/or elementary schools. Transportation is not guaranteed for all enrolled children because availability is limited. There is usually a waitlist and requests may only be granted based on the availability within our program's route and schedule.

What is the center's policy on sick children?

Our center is required to follow the policy's outlined in our State-approved Health Care Plan. According to our Health Care Plan, we can not provide care for children who:

  • Are too ill to participate in the program activities
  • Have illnesses resulting in a need for care greater than our staff can provide
  • Have an acute change in behavior
  • Have a high fever (according to specific degree measurements outlined in our plan) accompanied by other symptoms
  • Have excessive diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • Exihibit signs and symptoms of infectious diseases without a doctor's note approving them to be in our care
Teachers will conduct a daily health check when each child arrives to our center. If they notice signs or symptoms that are criteria for exclusion, the parent will be asked to take the child home or to the doctor for treatment.