REACH Community and Youth Agency, Inc


Pre-Kindergarten Program

For Half Hollow Hills School District

5-day a week, half day program
for children four years old

REACH Community and Youth Agency, Inc. offers a 5 day a week, half day program for 4 year old children residing in the Half Hollow Hills school district. Classes are located in each elementary school in the District.  Each class is taught by a NYS Certified Teacher, an instructional assistant, and may have a maximum of 18 students.  Our program implements a comprehensive, age-appropriate curriculum which integrates all subject areas, and is aligned with the NYS Pre-K learning Standards in partnership with the Half Hollow Hills School District.Call (631) 549-9417 for more information.


5 days per week.

AM Class:        
8:45-11:15AM at Signal Hill, Sunquam
9:00-11:30AM at Otsego, Paumanok, Vanderbilt

PM Class:
12:15-2:45PM at Sunquam & Vanderbilt
12:30-3:00PM at Otsego, Paumanok, Signal Hill

About The Program

We believe that Pre-K prepares children for Kindergarten by teaching them to listen, pay attention, interact with others, develop thinking skills, express themselves, improve coordination, and prepare them for reading and math.  Most importantly, we ant children to have fun, make new friends, and develop a love for learning at school.

Our program fosters children’s physical, social, emotional, and language development, as well as general learning processes.  We provide language-rich opportunities for children to make choices and decisions, communicate, create, interact, play and discover.

Our classrooms are divided into learning centers.  During the day children have both directed and free time.  They participate in circle time, one-on-one teacher-guided activities and self-directed activities.  Our monthly themes include challenging activities, hands-on experiences, multicultural and holiday celebrations and integrated learning opportunities that support family connections.

What is Universal Pre-Kindergarten

Universal Pre-Kindergarten is a New York State early childhood initiative that provides four-year-old students with an opportunity to attend high-quality pre-kindergarten programs that will provide the foundation to help prepare them for future school success.  There is no cost to families.

The UPK Grant is awarded yearly to Half Hollow Hills School District and is contingent upon the grant’s inclusion in the NYS budget.

The school district conducts an application process.  Applications are usually available around mid-January on the district’s .  If the number of applicants exceeds the number of spots available, a random selection will be performed.  The district will attempt to place students in their home elementary school.  The program follows the school district calendar.

The UPK program is administered by the school district but is provided by REACH CYA.

Pre-K For Non UPK Students

If students are not eligible for Universal Pre-K, tuition based spots are available if space allows.  However, we cannot guarantee placement in a particular school or session.  REACH CYA is proud to provide a high-quality program for the community at low-cost, affordable tuition rates.
Please call for current rates.

Odds & Ends:

Changes of clothes: One complete change of clothes including underwear and socks plus on extra sweater or sweatshirt. All clothing should be marked with your child’s first and last name and must be brought to class in a clear plastic bag.
***Please make sure children are dressed weather-appropriate year round as we will be going outside when weather permits. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are best.

Snacks: REACH CYA will provide snacks and juice. **Please note: All of our classes are peanut free!

Weather Policy: The REACH CYA Pre-K Program runs in conjunction with the Half Hollow Hills School District calendar. For weather related closures or delays please log onto the Half Hollow Hills School District website ( or tune in to News 12 Long Island and local radio stations for information. In the event of a delayed opening due to inclement weather, the morning Pre-K classes will be cancelled. In the event of an early dismissal the afternoon Pre-K classes will be cancelled. Please note, if the district is closed all classes will be cancelled.

Enrollment Requirements

The following must be sent to REACH CYA to enroll in the Pre-K Program:

  • Child must turn 4 years of age by December 31st of the enrollment year.
  • Child must reside in the Half Hollow Hills School District.
  • Child must meet all medical requirements.
  • Child must be able to independently attend to bathroom needs.
  • Universal Pre-K students must complete registration with Half Hollow Hills Central School District prior to enrolling.
Administrative Office
Manasquan School 525 Half Hollow Road Dix Hills, NY 11746
Phone: (631) 549-9417 Fax: (631) 549-1272 email:

Teen Recreation Center
Old Farms School Calvert Avenue Commack, NY 11725

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