School-age children have a separate classroom with age-appropriate activities, technologies, and learning tools to enhance their learning.

Free meals and snacks are provided along with free round trip transportation to RUFSD schools. Our program includes homework help, literacy, outdoor play, and S.T.E.A.M. activities.

Frequently asked questions

Will homework be done during after school?

Homework is usually done between 2:30pm and 3:30pm in our after school program. During this hour, our teachers work with the students as a group to provide a quiet classroom space to focus on homework before getting into other group activities. Children that need to finish their homework after 3:30pm will be encouraged to work on it independently. If your child arrives to our program after 3:30pm, our teachers will suggest that they begin working on their homework independently. Due to the need to supervise and lead instruction for the larger group of students, we cannot guarantee late children's homework can be checked before they leave the program.

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?

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?

No. School-age children do not normally nap 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
During the school year, parents can choose to to enroll in both before and after school. During Roosevelt Union Free School Disctrict school year breaks and summer recess, school-age children can attend our program for the full/extended day.

How many teachers are in the classroom?

There is one teacher for every 8 children in the class. Most of the time, there are usually two teachers present. If there are over 16 children in attendance, there will be three teachers.

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. School-age children enrolled in our before school program will receive breakfast if they arrive before 7:45am. They will receive PM snack if they arrive before 4:45pm in our afterschool program. 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.

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.