Water play, music and playtime are all part of a day’s work for Kings Park native Jacqueline Clancy, the owner of the newly opened
Clancy had been looking for a place where she could take her 15-month-old daughter Evelyn to play and socialize and found what was out there was just not meeting their needs.
“We went to Little Gym, which was ok and to Gymboree, which was great but expensive,” said Clancy.
Clancy then decided there had to be a better way. As a fitness instructor for children with autism, she decided that she could use her experience and began Fundamental Fitness, a music and movement playgroup for children three to 18 months.
“It gets kids together, have fun in a play date type setting,” Though Clancy’s background is working with children with autism, the class is open to all.
“That is what my career is in,” said Clancy. “I worked at the ELIJA school in Levittown, which is one of the best schools for autism in New York.” Clancy is still affiliated with the school through an outreach program where she works with parents and children in their homes.
Fundamental Fitness is run at Clancy’s house, where she has an area in her home dedicated to the classes. Parents will find colorful mats, a slide, tunnels for climbing and in the summer, parent and child can go outside to an area dedicated for water play.
“We offer lots of integration, gross motor and social skills,” said Clancy.
Classes are 45 minutes. The cost is $20 and allows parent and child to come to through the entire week if they choose. Beginning in June, Clancy will offer an infant CPR and first aid class, given by a Stony Brook University nurse.
The location, Clancy said is temporary until her business takes off and said she sees herself on Main Street.
Both Clancy and her husband grew up in Kings Park and graduated from high school here. The Student Brianna Zimmerman designed the winning logo.
As for working with kids, Clancy said she has done it all her life. Her first job was for Best Daycare in Kings Park. She is also a certified applied behavior analyst and has worked in the Oyster Bay School District as a teacher’s assistant.
"I have worked with kids all my life. I love it,” said Clancy.