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Early Childhood Education Center


St. Luke's Early Childhood Education Center

145 Prospect Street

Farmingdale, New York 11735


Arlene Soete - Director

** Registration packets for the 2021 - 2022 school year are available 

Please call the office to have a packet sent to you.  You can view our Open House Tour on UTube.  Search for St. Luke's ECEC Open House Tour

Mission Statement:  We recognize that each child is an individual: that all children are creative and that all children need to succeed.  We stress the total development of each child: spiritually, morally, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.

St. Luke's Early Childhood Center (ECEC) is located adjacent to St. Lukes Church in Farmingdale.  The center has been in operation since 1987 and is licensed through New York State Office of Children and Family Services.  The Center has a staff of thirty six full and part time teachers and assistant teachers.  Our teachers are New York State certified and the staff is professionally trained to meet the requirements of New York State Office of Children and Family Services.  In keeping with these guidelines, the staff is trained in day care program development, nutrition and health needs of children, principles of childhoold development and safety and security procedures, first aid and cpr to name a few.

We have thirteen classrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a full size gymnasium and two outdoor playgrounds complete with swings and several climbing structures.  Our center is a locked facility monitored by 6 security cameras.  Religious services are attended throughout the school year.  Our music program at the direction of Dr. Gene McCoy, teaches our children songs of the seasons, and the opportunity to play musical instruments.  

St. Luke's operates Monday through Friday from 7:00am - 6:00pm.  For those children that attend full day classes, we provide a hot lunch prepared in the center's kitchen.  All children receive a snack in the morning and the afternoon. 


2 Year Olds (by September 1)

        Half Day Session -   9:00 - 12:00     2 Days - Tuesday and Thursday

                                                    3 Days - Monday, Wednesday, Friday

        Full Day Session -     9:00 - 4:00      5 Days - Monday through Friday

3 year Olds (by December 1st) (Must be fully toilet trained)

          Half Day Sessions  -  9:00 - 12:00 or 1:00 - 4:00

                             2 Days - Tuesday and Thursday

                             3 Days - Monday, Wednesday, Friday             

 4 year Olds (by December 1st)  9:00 - 12:00 or 1:00 - 4:00      

                             5 Days  - Monday through Friday

3 and 4 year Olds - Full Day Sessions  - 9:00 - 4:00 

                            2 Days - Tuesday and Thursday

                            3 Days - Monday, Wednesday, Friday

                            5 Days - Monday through Friday


Extended Care is also available:  7:00 - 9:00am and 4:00 - 6:00pm

For rates, availability and additional information, please contact the school office at