Working families of Harrison and surrounding communities know they can count on us for high quality early childhood and after school programs. Our teachers are educated, certified, and caring, and our student to teacher ratios are low and ensure that your child gets the care he or she deserves.
Using the Creative Curriculum we focus on four areas of child development: social-emotional development, physical development, language development and cognitive development. The individual strengths, needs, and interests of each child are incorporated into our daily planning.
We provide a variety of social and recreational at the end of their school day. We are committed to creating a safe environment in which children can develop the basic values of respect, caring, honesty and responsibility. Our nurturing staff supervises while encouraging children to make new friends and have fun!
The Harrison Children's Center is a not for profit educational childcare organization comprised of two early childhood centers and three after school programs. We are dedicated to providing an educational childcare experience to every child. Focusing on a child's emotional, social, cognitive and physical needs, the teaching staff directs their efforts towards nurturing a respectful classroom community while simultaneously meeting the individual needs of the children within a group setting. Since young children acquire knowledge best through play and direct sensory experiences, we offer a variety of hands-on learning opportunities to foster child development. Program are designed to meet the needs of diverse ages and developmental levels. We strive to provide a safe, educationally and socially enriching environment in which children can learn to be self-confident and reach his or her full potential.
The Harrison Children’s Center’s staff consists of an Executive Director, Program Directors, head teachers, assistant teachers and a business manager.
Our early childhood programs each have a site director. Every classroom has one head teacher and two assistant teachers. Director’s must have either a NY State Director’s Credential, Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree. The head teachers are required to have a Child Development Associate degree, Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree. Assistant teachers must have a high school diploma with prior early childhood experience, NY State teacher assistant certification or a Child Development Associates degree. All staff members are required to have a minimum of 15 hours of training every year. Additionally, first aid, CPR and child abuse courses are required every two years. The teacher-student ratio is one adult to every 7 children for age 3, or one adult to every 8 children for age 4.
Each After School Program has a Director and teaching assistants. Directors have either a NY State Director’s Credential, Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree. Assistant teachers must have a high school diploma, NY State teacher assistant certification or bachelor’s degree.
All staff members are required to have training every year. Additionally, first aid, CPR and child abuse courses are required every two years. The teacher-student ratio is 1 adult to every 10 children.
All staff members employed at The Harrison Children’s Center receives a background check, are finger printed and screened through the NYS Central Registry of Child Abuse.
The Harrison Children’s Center Early Childhood Programs are open year-round from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. During July and August we offer camp type such as water play, picnics and special event days.
Our After School Programs are located in the Harrison Ave., Parsons, and Preston Elementary Schools. They are open from September through June from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
The Harrison Children’s Center is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of local community members. Their role is to develop policies that support our mission in providing a nurturing educational childcare experience to every child. Additionally, the board is responsible for financial planning, financial oversight and accountability. The Board reviews and approves the annual budget, program plans and organizational policies.
Doreen Grozinger is a mixed media artist as well as an art and yoga instructor. She has been teaching art in Harrison since 1965. Miss Doreen visits each program twice a month using a variety of materials and techniques with the children. The culmination of our art program is an Art Exhibit in April celebrating “The Art of the Young Child.”
Children and American Sign Language in Education: CASALE Inc. is a unique learning experience for hearing preschool children. The use of “finger spelling” is one of many strategies that are used to help develop early literacy skills. Our children are fortunate to have monthly sign language classes and truly love learning sign language. (http://casleinc.com)
Harrison Children’s Center incorporates age-appropriate field trips into our curriculum in order to bring real life experiences into their day. Many of our field trips involve walking to the library for story hour, the local fire house, post office, train station, or stores. Additionally, we may take a morning and visit an apple orchard, museum, aquarium or planetarium depending on our curriculum for the year.
Music is not only fun for children, it helps them learn the discipline required to get good at something, and studies show that learning, practicing, and listening to music can help with analytical math skills as well.
A Long Harrison Tradition: The Harrison Children’s Center was first established in January 1975. The first Early Childhood Program was located in the Leo Mintzer Center in West Harrison. In 1981 a second Early Childhood Program was opened in the All Saints Church located in downtown Harrison. Both programs are in operation today and serve 85 pre-school age children.
In the fall of 1979 the need for After School Programs became evident. The first program opened in the Preston Elementary School in 1984, followed by a program in Parsons Elementary School and finally in Harrison Ave. Elementary School. All three programs are in operation today and serve our Harrison elementary school age children.
With the help and support of the Town of Harrison and the Harrison Central School District, we are able to offer quality programs to pre-school and school age children.
Debbie Imperia, Executive Director
Call us at (914) 835-4271
Fax us at (914) 835-9074
Our main office is located at:
300 Harrison Ave.
Harrison, NY 10528
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