There was a sea of princesses, superheroes and furry creatures on the playground of the Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute at the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center. Babies just months old to pre-K kids stepped out in their Halloween finest for a morning parade. Parents took pictures, and teachers handed out rubber duckies and other treats to the trick-or-treaters.
Hofstra’s Child Care Institute focuses on the child’s total development – social, emotional, cognitive and physical. The program offers developmentally appropriate activities for children aged 8 weeks to 5 years, providing opportunities for hands-on, integrated learning. Last spring the Child Care Institute was reaccredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the leading organization of early childhood professionals. According to the Child Care Council of Nassau County, only 12 out of 210 licensed early childhood education programs in Nassau County have achieved NAEYC accreditation. Nationwide, only 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs are NAEYC-accredited.