Early Childhood Center

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The Early Childhood Center is currently enrolling children for its 3K program as well as other programs. The program is funded by the Department of Education (DOE). Our 3K for All program provides high-quality early childhood education for three-year-olds. The Center provides a flexible schedule for families and is offering in-person, virtual, and blended learning opportunities for children. To enroll your children, you can fill out the application.

Support for Parents

The Center continues to provide 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.

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.

Helping Children Adjust to New Environment

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.

Parents Club

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.

Schedule Meets Needs of BMCC Students

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 the New York City Council and the Office of Council Member Christopher Marte.

Early Childhood Center

199 Chambers St, Room N-375
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-8250

Monday - Thursday: 7:45 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fridays: 7:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.