Open for Essential Workers

Dear School Districts, Health Agencies, and the Parents and Caregivers who are deemed NYS “Essential Workers”,

The education, health and happiness of children is the greatest priority of the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center.

Our Center was contacted by representatives from the Governors Office, the Suffolk County Executive’s Office, and the East Hampton Town Supervisor’s Office asking if the Center could open for what New York State has identified as “Essential Workers/Essential Business” during this current State of Emergency.

The Center will follow these government offices’ call and open beginning Wednesday March 25 for both our currently enrolled EWECC families and other families and caregivers who fall under the NYS list of “Essential Workers” with school age children in need of daycare. (The authorized NYS list highlighted in yellow box). UPDATE JUNE 15: The Center will continue to provide childcare for children of Essential Workforce personnel (as defined in yellow box to the right) ages 18 months to 12 years old through August 28, 2020. We will continue to provide this care at no charge to the families. 


The Center will be open for normal operating hours from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Parents need to register their children by providing immunization records and two emergency contacts. Click here to request day-care. Parents must be prepared to share their work identification when they register their children. Only families that are part of The Essential Workforce are able to send their children to The Center.

To avoid unnecessary crowding,  parents can register online by clicking on the red boxes below, or email or call to request a registration packet for their child.

On opening and each day, every child will have a wellness check for fever or other signs of illness.

**As of March 31st, there is NO CHARGE for daycare services during the current state of emergency** This is made possible thanks to the generosity of our donors.  

The Center will communicate with School Districts, families, and caregivers directly with any updated information from our New York State partners during this State of Emergency.

With Caring,

Katy Graves,
Executive Director

Robyn Mott
Administrative Director

For purposes of Executive Order 202.6, “Essential Business,” means:

1.  Essential health care operations including

  • research and laboratory services
  • hospitals
  • walk-in-care health facilities
  • veterinary and animal health services
  • elder care
  • medical wholesale and distribution
  • home health care workers or aides
  • doctor and dentist offices
  • nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
  • medical supplies and equipment providers

2.  Essential infrastructure including

  • utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission
  • public water and wastewater
  • telecommunications and data centers
  • airports/airlines
  • transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garages

3.  Essential manufacturing including

  • food processing, including all foods and beverages
  • chemicals
  • medical equipment/instruments
  • pharmaceuticals
  • safety and sanitary products
  • telecommunications
  • microelectronics/semi-conductor
  • agriculture/farms
  • paper products

4.  Essential retail including

  • grocery stores including all food and beverage stores
  • pharmacies
  • convenience stores
  • farmer’s markets
  • gas stations
  • restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
  • hardware and building material stores

5.  Essential services including

  • trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
  • mail and shipping services
  • laundromats/dry cleaning
  • building cleaning and maintenance
  • child care services
  • auto repair
  • warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
  • funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
  • storage for essential businesses
  • animal shelters or animal care or management

6.  News media

7.  Financial Institutions including

  • banks
  • insurance
  • payroll
  • accounting

8.  Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations including

  • homeless shelters and congregate care facilities
  • food banks
  • human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support

9.  Construction including

  • Essential construction may continue. It includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters construction.
  • Firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes
  • Does not include a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.

10.  Defense

  • Defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government

11.  Essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses including

  • law enforcement
  • fire prevention and response
  • building code enforcement
  • security
  • emergency management and response
  • building cleaners or janitors
  • general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor
  • automotive repair
  • disinfection
  • doormen

12.  Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public including

  • logistics
  • technology support
  • child care programs and services
  • government owned or leased buildings
  • essential government services
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