Become a Volunteer

The Five Towns Early Learning Center offers volunteer opportunities for members of the community. Volunteers from NCJW, Peninsula Section are an integral part of our program, coming weekly to work with the children. High-school students and those who need community service, can find volunteer opportunities here. If you enjoy being with young children, are interested in reading stories to children or would like to share your talents with us, please call the Center at 239-4660. Our volunteers find that what they get out of the experience for exceeds what they give.

How To Donate

Your generosity has a direct impact on the lives of young children. The Five Towns Early Learning Center is a not-for-profit (501c3) organization which depends on support from foundations, government agencies and individuals to fulfill its mission. Your donation is tax deductible in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Internal Revenue Service.

Five Towns Early Learning Center
112 Wahl Avenue
Inwood, NY 11096
Tel: (516) 239-4660
Fax: (516) 239-4910
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The Three-Year-Old Class

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The three-year-old child is starting to realize that the world does not revolve around him. Children of this age are discovering a new sense of self. Along with this discovery comes an acute need to understand the rules that govern the world and their place in it.
  • Learns through play and exploring using all senses
  • Communicates in simple sentences, can initiate conversations and wants to talk about thing that interest him
  • Begins friendships
  • Can run, climb, and move with increased confidence
  • More independent but still needs adults for security as he explores and plays

We believe that the role of the teacher in the classroom is to be the facilitator and collaborator in the learning process. Learning takes place in the interaction between the child with teachers and other children in an environment that functions as a third teacher.

The classroom offers different centers where the children can work in developing and mastering particular skills while pursuing their own interests. Children plan and choose work area from planning board (High Scope). This decision involves complex thinking and includes the use of symbols, a cornerstone for reading and writing. Learning to make choices, to wait, and to take turns are important social skills necessary for success.


Water and sand tables.

Volume, quantity, and weight, or the behavior of substances and matter are learned through direct experience.

Table toys.

Puzzles, interlocking toys, matching games, legos, pegs and boards develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. They help develop logical mathematical reasoning and at the same time provide multiple opportunities for social interaction and problem solving.

Art table

The child can experience the aesthetic pleasure of painting, drawing, modeling with clay, playdough or by creating a collage.

Block area

The child learns to think creatively, to recognize cause and effect sequences. He learns about structures, balance, size, shapes and the concepts of spatial relations. This will provide a foundation for the understanding of abstract Math.
Blocks provide the opportunity for cooperative work, scaffolding, and problem solving and conflict resolution.

Family center

Pretend and Dramatic Play is probably the most important activity in which the three year old engages. The child can here experiment with roles. Pretend play involves many areas of the brain. It requires the ability to transform objects and actions symbolically, role taking, promotes language competence and helps in the development of a sense of self in relation to others. By taking the role of another person or animal the child learns about the world.


Reading occupies a special place in our program and takes place throughout the day in small and large groups. Reading and listening to stories and poems opens the imagination, bringing a sense of wonder, often touching upon issues that are important on an intellectual or emotional level, promotes language development and helps create lifelong readers.

GOALS for Three-year children

  • Basis of literacy (understanding use of symbols)
  • Language skills ( vocabulary and rules of grammar)
  • Foundations of Math and Science (Patterns, Seriation, one to one correspondence)
  • Learn to solve problems and tolerate failure.
  • Learn to get along with others.
  • Develop emotional well-being.
  • Master their environment.
  • Sharing, waiting, taking turns.
  • Self-sufficiency and independence.
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