Campus Children's Center
Please mark your calendars, the Children's Center will be CLOSED December 25th, January 1st and January 3rd.
We are committed to creating an environment of joy where the talents of children and adults are recognized, nurtured, and celebrated.
- State of the art, 7,000 square foot green building with five classrooms
- Natural outdoor play space, maximizing the use of natural light and air flow
- Philosophy of care and respect for self and others
- Celebration of creativity
- Early child care and education for infants through age 6
- State licensed
- Sliding fee rates for students
- USDA approved meals
- Social and academic skill building through fun activities
For our waiting list, we use the following order:
- student families with one child already enrolled
- faculty and staff families with one child already enrolled
- community families with one child already enrolled
- student families
- faculty and staff families
- community families
You do not have to have the status of student, faculty or staff in order to check the box on the enrollment request form, but you do have to have that status by the time your child enrolls. If you are expecting to have a child (through birth or adoption), you are welcome to join the waiting list now in anticipation. There is no enrollment request deposit required.
Sometimes we are able to offer a family a spot as soon as they apply and sometimes a family is on the waiting list. We update the waiting lists every quarter, and if a child is old enough to move from one list to the next, we will move them up - you do not need to reapply after your child's birthday.
Please contact us if you have any other questions or if you would like a tour.
The Children's Center is funded through parent tuition, student activities fees subsidies, in-kind donations from the college and grants from agencies such as the United States Department of Agriculture.
- Parent Tuition: Student parents pay based on an income-based sliding scale and faculty/staff parents pay a flat rate.
- Student Activities fee subsidies: Student Activities fees subsidies comprise about half of the Center's operating budget. People sometimes ask why, in terms of our waiting list, we prioritize student families over staff and faculty, since the staff and faculty families pay a higher rate. It is because of the Student Activities subsidy. A student is defined as someone taking 4 undergraduate or 2 graduate credits and paying the related (i.e., Student Activities) fees. Faculty and staff rates are higher because by law, student activities fees cannot subsidize the care of the child of a faculty or staff member.
- In-Kind donations from the college: The college provides support through services such as human resources, facilities repairs and custodial, etc...
- Grants from agencies such as the United States' Department of Agriculture (USDA): Because a high percentage of the children enrolled come from families considered low income, the USDA food program partially subsidizes the cost of the meals we provide.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.