Aquebogue Child Day Care Centers Suffolk County New York

Alternatives For Children History

 

  • 1988
  • 1989
  • 1992
  • 1993
  • 1995
  • 1998
  • 2000
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010

1988


St. Charles Educational and Therapeutic Center in Port Jefferson, incorporated, and opened to serve children with disabilities providing Early Intervention Services and Therapeutic Preschool Programs for children and families throughout Suffolk County.


1989


St. Charles Educational and Therapeutic Center in Port Jefferson undergoes facilities renovation and major modernization.


1992


Groundbreaking for new St. Charles Educational and Therapeutic Center Child Day Care Center in Port Jefferson.


1993


St. Charles Educational and Therapeutic Center in Port Jefferson Child Day Care Center opens providing child care and nursery school classes for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age.


1995


St. Charles Educational and Therapeutic Center in Southampton location opened to serve children with disabilities on the South Fork of Long Island, from Montauk to Riverhead, providing Early Intervention Services and Therapeutic Preschool Programs.

St. Charles Educational and Therapeutic Center in Southampton Child Day Care Center opens providing child care and nursery school classes for children from 2 1/2 to 5 years of age.



1998


St. Charles Educational and Therapeutic Center Aquebogue location opened to serve children with disabilities on the North Fork of Long Island, from Orient Point to Riverhead, providing Early Intervention Services and Therapeutic Preschool Programs.

St. Charles Educational and Therapeutic Center in Aquebogue contracted to provide Universal Pre-Kindergarten for Riverhead School District.



2000


St. Charles Educational and Therapeutic Center Melville location opened to serve children with disabilities in Western Suffolk County and Eastern Nassau County, providing Early Intervention Services and Therapeutic Preschool Programs.


Alternatives for Children East Setauket2003


St. Charles Educational and Therapeutic Center transitions to a new beginning as Alternatives For Children.

Groundbreaking for new 36,000 square foot East Setauket facility to serve as administrative center and main campus for Alternatives for Children.


2004


Alternatives For Children East Setauket location and administration center opened, serving children from birth to six years from across Suffolk County. The new home for Alternatives for Children’s main campus; a spacious 36,000 square foot facility, complete with 19 large class rooms, separate music therapy suite, occupational and physical therapy gyms, individual speech therapy treatment areas, computer/assistive technology room, vision/orientation mobility training room, library, and two age/ability appropriate playgrounds opens in January.


2005


Alternatives For Children East Setauket opens a Sensory Integration suite; dedicated environment with little unintentional distraction, in which a focused isolation of the senses can be accomplished through the use of specialized lighting and lighting fixtures, aromatherapy, different sounds/music, swings, mats and mirrors.

The Board of Trustees of Alternatives For Children undertakes a bricks and mortar $2.3 million Capital Campaign. Fundraising efforts and solicitation of gifts from major donors for the Capital Campaign would go towards paying for the land on which Alternatives For Children East Setauket is located, and in raising funds for a special redemption of up to a $1 million, reducing our principal debt on the IDA Bond for the construction of the East Setauket facility, ensuring the viability and continuing growth of Alternatives For Children’s programs and services


2006


Alternatives For Children contracted to provide Universal Pre Kindergarten for Southold School District.

Alternatives For Children East Setauket Sound Garden opened; a unique outdoor play yard/learning environment, comprised of a variety of musical stations, providing children of all ability levels the opportunity to enjoy a multi-sensory adventure.



Brady William Russell Memory Garden2007


Brady William Russell Memory Garden established at Alternatives For Children East Setauket; a place to reflect and pay tribute to all those children served by Alternatives for Children, since opening its doors, whose lives came to a close much too soon.

Alternatives For Children adopts The Creative Curriculum for Preschool as its educational framework. The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is consistent with National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS/SDE) recommendations and Alternatives For Children’s mission, goals and educational philosophy.


2008


Alternatives For Children contracted to provide Universal Pre Kindergarten for Southold School District.

Alternatives For Children East Setauket Sound Garden opened; a unique outdoor play yard/learning environment, comprised of a variety of musical stations, providing children of all ability levels the opportunity to enjoy a multi-sensory adventure.


Alternatives For Children East Setauket contracted to provide Universal Pre Kindergarten for Middle Country School District.

Dr. Marie E. Ficano recognized and named New York State Senate 2008 Woman of Distinction; This award recognizes Dr. Ficano’s dedication to enriching the lives of children with special needs and serving as an advocate for them whether teaching in an underprivileged area of New York City, as Executive Director of Alternatives For Children, or as Board Member/President of the National Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children. Memberships and affiliations include: National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services, the Long Island Coalition for Children with Special Needs, The Early Intervention Coordinating Council, and the Council of State Associations.

Alternatives For Children celebrates 20 years of providing the highest quality special and regular education programs and services to thousands of children with disabilities and their typically developing peers.

Alternatives For Children East Setauket recognized by the New York State Department of Health as a designated breastfeeding friendly Child Day Care Center.




2009


Alternatives For Children Aquebogue Child Day Care Center opens providing child care and nursery school classes for children from 2 ½ to 5 years of age.

Implementation of Advancing Future Collaboration, a multi-faceted future thinking preschool to kindergarten transition program. Transition booklets are provided for staff in a child’s new school setting; individualized for each child - an overview on strengths, learning styles, challenges, and workable solutions. Also available through this initiative is in-service training and staff development for public school district staff on specialized topics such as particular medical conditions, Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology; Playground Adaptation; Nutrition; Special Needs students in Art, Music and Physical Education; and Creating Inclusive School Environments.

Alternatives For Children East Setauket recognized by the New York State Department of Health as a Child/Adult Food Care Program location, following guidelines and standards for serving healthy, nutritious and balanced meals, and sharing healthy nutrition information with parents and caregivers.

Alternatives For Children goes green; standard practices instituted at all four Alternatives For Children locations to conserve energy, reduce, re-use, and recycle are put in place.


Alternatives For Children East Setauket chosen as a QUALITYstarsNY field test site. QUALITYstarsNY is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system that is designed to increase quality in early learning settings - centers, schools, and homes - throughout the state. QUALITYstarsNY is a project of the Early Childhood Advisory Council, whose mission is to provide strategic direction and advice to the State of New York on early childhood issues through monitoring and building a comprehensive and sustainable early childhood system that will ensure success for all New York's youngest citizens.

Alternatives For Children copyrights and implements the Goals/Objectives Management System. A System which documents a child’s progress related to mastery of Individualized Education Program goals.




2010


Alternatives For Children East Setauket contracted to provide Universal Pre Kindergarten for Comsewogue School District.

Alternatives For Children Melville Child Day Care Center opens providing child care and nursery school classes for children from 18 months to 5 years of age.


Final payment made to purchase the land on which Alternatives For Children East Setauket is located, ensuring a permanent home for future generations.


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