Our History

Community Program Centers of Long Island, Inc. was founded in 1980 to meet the growing need on Long Island for affordable, accessible, and quality child care services for working families. Our child care and learning program, Early Discoveries Center, is expanded to now offer school age care and is contracted with local school districts to provide Universal Pre-Kindergarten.

In 1984, CPC established a social model adult day services program - Day Haven Adult Day Services - in response to the needs of family caregivers for support services to balance the demands of working and caregiving. A five-day a week, full-time, adult day services program was created to provide a daily, structured program of meaningful activities for physically frail older adults and those with dementia. Day Haven also offers caregiver services including support groups, educational events and care management services.

In 1984, CPC also began a federally funded Head Start program, The Children’s Community Head Start, bringing this nationally acclaimed program to previously unserved communities on Long Island. Our Head Start program now operates year-round in two modern centers and serves 10+ school districts in central Suffolk County.

In 2010, CPC received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA.) The funding enables CPC to not only expand its Head Start program but to offer an Early Head Start program which provides comprehensive programming through center-based and home-based programming for pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers. Early Head Start allows CPC to expand the breadth and depth of our successful Head Start program.