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of the Samuel Field Y Early Childhood Programs


212-00 23rd Ave  Bayside, NY 11360
Phone 718-423-6111
Fax 718-423-9850

Iris Shaw, Director, [email protected]


A treasure exists in Bayside at the Bay Terrace Center. We offer Early Childhood programs that combine a highly nurturing and supportive environment with exceptional skills of credentialed teachers, in state of the art facilities, with a committment to the highest educational standards.

The Phyllis & Martin Barell Early Childhood Center at the Samuel Field Y is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents, Education Department of the University of the State of New York and licensed by the New York City Department of Health.

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Our programs are designed to offer young children an opportunity to play, explore, and engage in multi-faceted activities. Professionally trained teachers facilitate children’s growth through dynamic educational experiences. We provide a caring atmosphere in which children develop and thrive intellectually, socially and emotionally and where families feel welcome.

Our children explore language arts, science, math concepts, music and the arts. We also offer an introduction to computers and provide outstanding resources for gross motor activity and outdoor play. In addition, we offer additional enrichment programs including literacy and physical education that are offered throughout the year. Staff and parents remain in close communication through individual conferences scheduled during the year.


Teachers are licensed by the New York State Department of Education. There is a teacher and an assistant teacher in each class.


The Belfort Family Preschool Center at the Y’s Bay Terrace Center is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents, Education Department of the University of the State of New York and licensed by the New York City Department of Health.

Our threes nursery programs can be customized for family need. We offer early drop off extended days, after school options, mid-day pick up options, as well as  two, three, and five day options.

Our three year-olds ask why! We encourage a sense of wonder and inquiry with focused exploration in math, science, literacy, as well as appreciating a love of language and reading - facilitating the development of meaningful friendships. Not only do children grow, but families flourish at the Bay Terrace Center. Our programs offer family festivals, community read alouds, and a dynamic parent association that plans and implements family events throughout the year.


Enrollment is for the school year,
September to May

Ages 2.9 by September 1

3 half days, Monday, Wednesday & Friday
9:00-11:50 AM

5 half days, Monday-Friday
9:00-11:50 AM

3 extended days, Monday, Wednesday & Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM

5 extended days, Monday-Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM

Early Childhood at Bay Terrace also offers five days from 9:00 AM -2:00 PM for three and four year olds.  
Three year-old's have to be 2.9 and Four year-old's have to be 3.9 by September.

Pre-K For All

Pre-K For All is for children residing in New York City. The program is processed by an application system and is free of charge. Each class has a certified teacher and an assistant teacher. Classes begin in September and end in June. The program offers a rich, supportive learning environment where children can explore, discover, talk freely, build, create and grow intellectually, emotionally and socially.

Ages 3.9 by September 1

Full Day Program: 8:30 am to 2:50 pm

Extended Hours are available for an additional fee


Not Quite Nursery begins by offering toddlers two and three day options, where gradual separation is accomplished quickly and lovingly. We take pride in our curriculum honing gross motor skills, as well as fine motor skills. We offer arts like music and dance, and give our children an early entry into science to create the joy of exploring, specifically designed for the youngest learners.

Not Quite Nursery provides 2 year olds with a chance to explore an expanding world while learning independence. This 2-hour program introduces nursery school activities such as arts, dramatic play, blocks, cooking and more. Parent or caregiver remains in the class and separates gradually as the child is ready. Children enrolled in Not Quite Nursery do not need to be toilet trained.

Ages 2.0—2.8 as of September 1, two half days
Session Tuesdays & Thursdays, mornings, 9:30—11:30 AM

Three half days Session
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
9:30 AM —11:30 AM


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Explore and share educational activities and experiences with your child in our Parent-Child Explorations classes, for children birth-24 months and their parents.

Classes are structured for children birth-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months and 18-24 months. Parents can engage with their children and other parents and children, in creative activities that include music, singing, exercise, story time, weekly themes and socializing. The Bay Terrace Center is a great place for both parents and children to make friends and learn and grow together!

For more information or to register for this program, please call (718) 423-6111.