About Us

The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center is a nationally recognized center of excellence of early childhood education for children ages 18 months to five years old serving the year-round working families in our community.

The Center is the only organization in the area providing BOTH high-quality early education and all day childcare 5 days a week, 10 hours a day, 12 months a year. 

The first 5 years of life are the most accelerated period of physical, intellectual, social and emotional growth and language acquisition. We are committed to providing a strong start and building a solid foundation for learning for all children in our socially and economically diverse community. 

The Center, located adjacent to the John M. Marshall Elementary School in the Village of East Hampton, NY provides Toddler and 3K programs and full-day Pre-Kindergarten classes for the Springs, Wainscott, and Sagaponack School Districts.

The Center partners with the Yale Child Study Center, the State University of New York at Old Westbury and the Devereaux Center for Resilient Children to create our academic and social-emotional curriculum for children, and parent education programs.

Our entire staff participate in continuing education with regular, ongoing professional development. Working with children individually and in small groups, our staff help children gain the self-confidence needed to explore their worlds, discover their own creativity, and develop a love of learning.

Our qualified, bilingual staff serves a diverse community, and our services are offered at reasonable fees for working parents, with financial assistance provided when possible.

Founded in 1969, The Center has provided a solid educational start for more than 5,000 children. As a private, not-for-profit organization, we rely on private funding from individuals, foundations and businesses to help us keep quality high and fees affordable for the working families in our community. 

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