Frequently Asked Questions


Is the Five Towns Early Learning Center licensed?

The center is licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and has a contract with the Nassau County Department of Social Services. The Center has been providing care and education to the children of working families for over 70 years.

Are we a school or a daycare center?

We are both. Our early childhood program provides an enriching, educational setting in which children can grow and thrive. We are a full day program. This makes it possible for parents to go to work and know that their child is in a safe and loving environment.

What are the center’s hours?

The Center opens at 7:30 AM and closes at 5:30 PM.

Is transportation provided?

Transportation is not provided.

Who can attend the Center?

The Five Towns Early Learning Center is a non-sectarian program which provides care and education for children of working families 18 months to 5 years old. Preference is given to those who reside or are employed in the Five Towns area.

Are meals provided?

We provide breakfast, lunch and snack; after-school children are provided with snack.

Do the children take a nap?

The children who attend our early childhood classes have a rest time. The children nap from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM. As the children get older, naps are shorter in duration. Some children will rest quietly with a book.

Does the center close for holidays?

The center closes for ten Federal holidays and for one staff development day.

Is tuition assistance available?

The Five Towns Early Learning Center has a contract with Nassau County Department of Social Services which helps families with a child a child care subsidy. The center also provides some scholarship assistance for families who are above the DSS subsidy eligibility requirements.

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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