Nonprofit Spotlight


This month, we are spotlighting the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center


Let’s get the new school year and these kids’ education off to a great start! 

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.