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  • Our History

    The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, formerly East Hampton Day Care Learning Center, has emphasized the importance of early learning since its inception in 1969.

    From 1969 to 1996 the Center was called East Hampton Organization for Community Action, Inc. and was offered at a building on Cedar Street. The Center was devoted to child care services for working families in our community – a mission which has never changed. In 1995, through a generous gift of the Marden home, the Center was moved to Gingerbread Lane Extension, where it has remained.

    At about the same time, a $500,000 donation was made to the Center by Dr. Willet F. Whitmore in memory of Betsy Cromartie Whitmore which kicked off a campaign to construct the present building.

    In 1996, the Center received a New York State license to provide services for 120 children and a contract was signed with the East Hampton Union Free School District for Pre-K collaboration. In that same year, the Center changed its name to the East Hampton Day Care Learning Center. In that same school year, the Center graduated its first Pre-K class and added its first toddler classroom.

    In 2000 the Center received a New York State After School Advantage Grant for $300,000 for Project Most – a program which is now independent.

    In 2011 the Center launched is Sandpiper Summer FUN Camp and began a campaign to raise funds for a new playground – through the generosity of many donors, a new playground was installed in July of 2012.

    Now, our name has changed but our mission remains the same!

    On October 5, 2013 the Center was renamed the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center in honor of founding member and steadfast supporter, Eleanor Whitmore.

    Today we are excited to face the future and have many exciting projects that we hope to accomplish, all which will improve our Center and our ability to best serve the young children in our community.

  • Gingerbread Lane Extension
    PO Box 63
    East Hampton, NY 11937
    (631) 324-5560
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