April 2021 Update:
The Early Childhood Center is currently enrolling children for its 3k program. The program is funded by the Department of Education (DOE). Our 3-K for All Program provides high-quality early childhood education for three-year-olds. The Center provides a flexible schedule for families. The program is offering in-person, virtual, and blended learning opportunities for children. To enroll your children, you can fill out the application.
As of September 21, 2020, the Early Childhood Center is providing in-person services to families at a 25% capacity. The Early Childhood Center schedule consists of being available for service on-site, virtually, and hybrid (both on-site and remotely to fit your needs and schedule).
The Early Childhood Center remote schedule is Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Our in-person schedule is Monday through Thursday between 8 am-5 pm and limited hours on Fridays. The Center is providing support via our Facebook page, Zoom calls, and parent-teacher conference calls.
Parents and the campus community can call (212) 220-8250 or (212) 220-8251 and leave a message. Emails are highly recommended. If you are interested in communicating with the administrative staff via emails:
- Cecilia Scott-Croff, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Yvonne Gutierrez Office Manager (Registration and Enrollment) at Ygutierrez@bmcc.cuny.edu
- Sori Palacio, Assistant Director (Resources and Assistance with Inquiries) at Spalacio@bmcc.cuny.edu
- Mireille Laporte (Family Childcare Network Coordinator) at email@example.com
The Center is providing support via our Facebook page, Zoom calls and parent teacher conference calls.
A mutually supportive and diverse community in today’s complex milieu dictates the need for parents to seek care for their children outside of the home.
For young children, as well as their parents, the experience of a child entering school for the first time is overwhelming. The combination of a new environment, new materials, new people, and new demands placed upon children is overpowering. Due to this, many children may have difficulty adapting to their new environment and forming attachments to the new adults in their lives.
At the BMCC Early Childhood Center we are cognizant of this, and seek to help children cope during this time, by assisting parents with their understanding of attachment, and the needs of their children. “Attachment is considered to be: the strong, affectional bind we feel for special people in our lives that lead us to feel pleasure and joy as we interact with them and to be comforted by their nearness in times of stress” (Berk 1998) A securely attached child, will have an optimistic and balanced life, and will most often contribute positively to the world.
In addition, well known psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud stated “a child’s emotional ties to his or her parent are the foundation for later relationships.” The simplest way to deal with separation anxiety for children is to understand the child’s need for consistency, reassurance, and support during this new experience.
The Early Childhood Center Parents Club meets every Wednesday from 2 – 4 p.m. This is a great opportunity to share information with other parents over coffee/tea and snacks. Learn more about the Parents Club.
A schedule to meet your needs as a BMCC Student
At the BMCC Early Childhood Center, the staff works hard to meet your needs as a student. Whether your child is as young as 2 or as old as 12 there is a choice of the appropriate program available to match your schedule:
Weekday Program (ages 2 to 5)
Monday – Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Evening Program (ages 3 to 5.9)
Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m – 9 p.m.
Weekend Program* Preschool and School-Age (ages 3 to 12)
Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
*Funded in part by New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Inez Dickens, and the NYC Council.