Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children

About the Long Beach Day Nursery

Founded in 1912, Long Beach Day Nursery (LBDN) was one of the first licensed child care programs in California. Long Beach Day Nursery was the first licensed program in Long Beach and the first to meet the high standards required for accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). LBDN has graduated thousands of young children who, upon entering kindergarten, were better prepared to take full advantage of their school experience. LBDN’s history is deeply rooted in the community; LBDN is so much more than just a child care center, but rather an iconic Long Beach institution that continuously pushes the envelope of what it means to be a high quality early childhood education program.

Our mission – to provide high quality early care and education for young children of working parents – has remained virtually unchanged for more than a century. In fact, our mission has become all the more vital to the community we serve as the need for quality early education grows. 

LBDN reflects over 100 years of experience and a strong commitment to the highest quality early care and education. Our programs are researched based, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and developmentally appropriate. LBDN goes above and beyond typical child care to carry out our mission. We offer quality care that meets the needs of our student’s development while simultaneously meeting the needs of families, allowing parents to go to work or complete their education knowing their children are in good hands. We are open 12 months a year, Monday-Friday 6:30am-6pm to accommodate family’s schedules.

Our programming includes: NAEYC accredited centers, on-site early intervention program, early literacy, art, music, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum, low teacher child ratios, continuity of care practices, healthy connections and nutrition program, Stepping Stones Scholarships, parent engagement, and a formal professional development program for our staff.  When children graduate LBDN we are confident the high quality early education received within our program has prepared them for success in kindergarten and beyond.

Long Beach Day Nursery is dedicated to the belief that a good start in the formative years of childhood provides children with a lasting foundation for success throughout their lives. Long Beach Day Nursery provides an exceptional early education experience for our students and an extraordinary value to parents.

The following are included with enrollment:

  • ACCESSIBLE CHILD CARE:
    Hours of operation 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM, 12 months a year
  • NATIONALLY ACCREDITED PROGRAM:
    Exceeding typical early education standards to include: developmentally appropriate practices, anti-bias curriculum, school readiness. Accredited thru the NAEYC, standards met include: relationships, curriculum, teaching, child assessments, health, teachers, families, community, environment, and leadership.
  • LOW TEACHER - CHILD RATIO:
    (Infants, 1:3, Toddlers 1:4, Preschool 1:8)
  • HIGHLY TRAINED, QUALIFIED TEACHERS:
    Low rate of turnover, continuing education, bilingual, & culturally sensitive
  • SCHOOL READINESS:
    Early literacy, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), music, & art
  • NUTRITION PROGRAM:
    Balanced breakfast, lunch and snacks; made on-site and served daily
  • HEALTHY CONNECTIONS:
    A range of health services, screenings, and physical fitness education
  • PARENT INVOLVEMENT:
    Parent workshops, advisory committee, & parent-teacher meetings
  • FAMILY ENGAGEMENT:
    Sunshine Day, Friends and Family Picnic, & many more special events
  • PRIMARY CAREGIVERS AND CONTINUITY OF CARE:
    for Infants and Toddlers
  • EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM:
    EIP provides holistic approach and intervention strategies and resources for families when developmental delays or behavior challenges are identified. Our EIP program incorporates a collaborative approach that involves the child, family, teacher, and our consulting psychologist. Any child enrolled who demonstrates limited language skills; learning disabilities; health concerns; developmental delays; problems with attention and focus; speech impairment; or social, behavioral, or family changes/challenges may enroll in our EIP. Services are offered year-round, at no-cost to the families

LBDN Goals Put Children First:

To provide high quality affordable care to children

To enable parents of young children to be employed or complete their education.

To partner with parents for the personal growth and development of their child.

To enhance the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of the young children enrolled in our school.

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