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Five Towns Community Chest is a humanitarian non-government organization located in the Five Towns that funds agencies within the Five Towns. We are determined to improve the lives of every person in our community. We fund multiple agencies including the Peninsula Counseling Center, Five Towns Community Center, Five Towns Early Learning Center, The Center for Adult Life Enrichment, Tempo Group, Inc., and Neighbors in Need Program. We are also affiliated with the Jewish Community Center of the Greater Five Towns, American Red Cross of Nassau County, Hatzalah, area hospitals, SIBSPlace, Kulanu, Girl Scouts of Nassau County, and many more.

Your Community Chest Donations at Work

July 1, 2014, 10:04 am | Author: Diana


Five Towns Community Chest financially supports 24 local agencies that offer a myriad of services to members of the community. One of these is the Inwood-based Five Towns Early Learning Center, a leading community agency which Community Chest has proudly assisted for over 50 years. Here is a glimpse at a typical day at the Early Learning Center.

Two children are sitting on a carpet with a big pile of toy cars. With the help of their teacher, the children are separating the cars by color, writing a label for each color, and counting how many cars are in each group. In an outdoor playground, a group of two year olds are scribbling with sidewalk chalk, proudly displaying their creations to everyone else around them. The children in these scenes are not just playing mindless games like you may think. They are actually learning categorization, mathematical, and foundational writing and motor skills through these activities, all of which demonstrate the Five Towns Early Learning Center’s philosophy of “learning through play.”

The Early Learning Center has cared for children of working parents for over 70 years. The New York State-licensed facility cares for 54 children ages 18 months to five years in a full day “play-based” program. Since young children learn through their senses, the center “provides an environment that is physically safe, intellectually challenging, and emotionally nurturing.”  The well-trained teachers understand that the motor, communicative, and social skills of a child develop best through hands-on experiences, so each station in the classroom has a sensory activity which is designed to enhance a particular skill through hands-on learning. Executive Director Pepper Robinson says that the center works to “protect a child’s right to play. Everyone, no matter how old, learns best through hands-on activity.” At Five Towns Community Chest, we strive to assist organizations like these to carry out our motto of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” and the Early Learning Center is just one fine example of the various services supported by Community Chest dollars.