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The Center is located between 26th and 27th streets on Madison Avenue. The Child Care Center is on the ground floor in Suite 101 of the landmark New York Life Building. To get to the center you can take the 6 train to 28th Street or the N,R,or F trains to the 23rd street stop. We are also conveniently located across the street from Madison Square Park.

The Patricia Carbine Children's Center

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Our School-Age Program

Guiding children to experience their world and pursue their interests

We provide school-age child care for school holidays, school closing days, summer day camp or when there is a need for back-up or emergency care. In our school-age program, we provide children with the opportunity to live, learn and socialize in a relaxed setting outside of school.

We offer a wealth of enrichment activities that engage the interests of school-age children. You may find school-age children creating a magazine or a video, playing chess or shooting hoops, tutoring each other or forming a club. Teachers are there alongside, facilitating, guiding and understanding that learning does not have to take on the tone and texture of a school day but rather be filled with fun.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"The Staff at backup is excellent. My son only goes 3-4 times a year, yet they know who he is when we get there. They are awesome. He has gone there since he was 2 and he's now 10 and still likes going there. "

Our Curriculum Components

Engaging opportunities for play and discovery.

  • Language Works Tackling homework assignments, reading chapter books, engaging in long conversations with teachers and peers.
  • Math Counts Measuring weight, length, and volume, using math to solve problems.
  • Science Rocks Investigating forces of nature, developing hypotheses and conclusions, using computers, magazines, and books to explore the world.
  • ArtSmart Studying great artists, individual exploration of performance arts including dance, singing, musical instruments, and drama.
  • Our World Exploring diverse cultures, showing interest in finding solutions to issues of discrimination and injustice, becoming involved in service projects.
  • Well Aware Taking responsibility for a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise and healthy eating, participating in extracurricular activities including team sports and dance.

Teacher Spotlight

Just a few of our gold stars of the day.


Name: Ashley

I Teach: All Ages

Teaching Since: 2014

I love teaching children because: I get to interact with children of every age. You can learn something new about them or from them.

Favorite Children's Book: "Llama, Llama, Red Pajama"

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Learning at Home

Stone Search

You Will Need:

A bucket or bag for holding collections of stones, large paper, markers, time to go for a walk

Directions:

While walking with your child, encourage him to find the smoothest (smallest, largest, whitest, wettest, most speckled, heart-shaped, etc.) stone he can find. When you get home, make a chart with your child that shows what you found. Make labels that describe each rock: rough, mossy, cold, etc. Let your child copy what you have written. Look in encyclopedias or on the internet to see if you can find the scientific name of the types of rocks you found.

Tip:

This is a fun activity to do at a beach or near a creek, but be sure to give your child boundaries and tell him to stay in your sight at all times.


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