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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. 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).

For more information please visit .

Learning Experience locations that offer this discount

  • 3084 E. Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, 631-499-0592
  • 520 Commack Rd., Deer Park, 631-522-1227
  • 156 Ronkonkoma Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 631-496-1476 (now enrolling)
  • 2920 Route 112, Medford, 631-696-0600

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.

Brookhaven Country Day Camp and Preschool

79 Long Island Avenue, Yaphank
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
15% discount on tuition

HabiTots Preschool and Child Care Center

Habitots in Middle Island has been in business for 10+ years and is the closest child care center to BNL. Details & Discounts

Little Rascals Learning Center

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

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.