Our mission is to support the working families in our socially and economically diverse community in two ways:

  1. We provide a comprehensive, nurturing and research-based early childhood education for children 18 months to 5 years that fosters social, emotional intellectual, linguistic and physical development. Our certified teachers, caring staff and specialists work together to meet the needs of each individual child, preparing them for critical life transitions, a future of positive mental health, and a lifelong passion for learning. 
  2. We seek out and engage innovative public and private sector partnerships that expand and enhance our ability to deliver the highest quality early childhood education and care for our children and their families. 

The Center relies on grants, generous donors, and annual fund-raising efforts to keep its doors open.

Please see our Support page for opportunities to help.

 About Us

Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center has provided a solid educational start for more than 4,000 children at our Gingerbread Lane Extension, East Hampton, site.

In addition to the Toddler and Junior Prekindergarten programs for children from 18 months to five years old, the Center, located adjacent to the John M. Marshall Elementary School in the Village of East Hampton, provides full-day prekindergarten classes for the Springs, Wainscott, and Sagaponack school districts.

The Center’s academic and social-emotional curriculum for children, and programs for families involve partnerships with the Yale Child Study Center, the State University of New York at Old Westbury and the Devereaux Center for Resilient Children.

The only not-for-profit educational organization providing full-day, year-round child care in East Hampton, the Center is open Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., providing flexibility for working families. We remain open during the summer but are closed during the school year vacation breaks, according to the public school schedule.

Approximately 100 children attend the Center each day. Teacher-to-student ratios are in compliance with, or exceed, state standards.

Children are provided with two nutritious hot meals and two healthy snacks daily.

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.

In 2017, EWECC celebrated the 20th anniversary of its successful early childhood education program.