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Childcare Options

Childcare fees rank as one of the top family expenses, second only to a mortgage (or rent) among working families. It is important for single and/or working parent families to be able to afford quality childcare, especially if they need care for their infants and young children for eight hours or more a day.

Special Arrangement with The Learning Experience

The Benefits Office maintains an enrollment arrangement with The Learning Experience (TLE), a childcare provider with many locations on Long Island, including one at 846 Middle Country Rd. in Middle Island, just three miles from the Lab’s Main Gate entrance. A list of other childcare providers is shown at the bottom of this page.

Brookhaven Science Associates employees who enroll their children at TLE will receive a 10 percent discount on tuition, along with a waiver of fees for extended care (early drop off and late pick up). The Middle Island location will waive its registration fee for their additional summer camp activities which are for children age two and up.

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Nearby Learning Experience locations

  • 846 Middle Country Rd., Middle Island, 631-504-6868
  • 2920 Route 112, Medford, 631-696-0600
  • 32 Hallock Landing Road, Rocky Point, 631-821-3211
  • 620 Route 25A, Mount Sinai, 631-476-8700
  • 10 Holbrook Road, Centereach, 631-285-7969
  • 211 Hallock Road, Stony Brook, 631-689-5355
  • 1014 Fort Salonga Road, Northport, 631-651-8322

Hours vary, so please call to confirm. All locations offer morning and afternoon snacks, and some locations offer hot lunch.

Some locations have drop-in care programs, and all locations have space set aside for mothers to come in to nurse.

All TLE locations will work with families to accommodate children with developmental or physical needs, as long as they can make reasonable accommodations. This includes the child’s own therapists being allowed access to the location to provide care, either in class or one-on-one.

Other Options

While Brookhaven Science Associates doesn’t have formal agreements with other local childcare centers, here is a list with addresses, phone numbers, and some notes on other local options.


1400 Middle Country Road, Middle Island,
703 Patchogue Yaphank Road, Medford,
Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Waiver of registration fee.

Little Rascals Learning Center

187 Miller Place Yaphank Road, Miller Place, 631-474-7080
Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Waiver of registration fee.

Reach For the Stars Preschool

1720 Middle Country Road, Ridge, 631-205-5400
Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Waiver of summer and fall family registration fees.

Kiddie Academy

3952 Route 25A, Wading River, 631-929-4800
275 Route 25A, Miller Place, 631-828-8500 
Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Waiver of registration fee, 10 percent off first three months’ tuition, one-week security deposit instead of two weeks.

Also, The Child Care Council of Suffolk, Inc. is a not-for-profit community service that provides information on finding childcare, what to look for, and more.

These arrangements are subject to change.