SUNY child care centers provide quality care for over 5,000 children at 53 centers across the state. Twenty-two of these centers are located on state-operated campuses, and thirty-one at the community colleges. SUNY also has three child care referral programs.
All SUNY centers are licensed by the NYS Office of Children & Family Services (with the exception of one center licensed by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene). 62% of SUNY childcare centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s highest standard of quality for early care and education programs.
SUNY childcare centers provide a vital service for the campus and community in providing care for children of students, faculty, staff and community members. Of the 5,000 children served, approximately one-third are children of student parents, one-third children of faculty and staff and one-third children from the community. SUNY childcare centers allow parents to attend school and work while providing solid foundation of care and education for young children.
Collaboration with the campus community, local school districts, BOCES, United Way, CCR&Rs, Foster Grandparents, and other human service agencies provide a broad range of services for enrolled children and their families and creates a positive relationship with the community.
Research has shown that high quality early childhood programs have both immediate and long-term benefits to the larger society, not just the individual child. Children who experience high quality early care and education are more likely to stay in school, avoid teen pregnancy, stay out of jail, attend college, and have higher earnings.
SUNY childcare centers allows student parents to succeed in school, prepare students for teaching and other professions and build a strong foundation for New York’s future workforce.
Research about campus child care shows:
SUNY childcare centers also provide sites for student interns and placements for work-study students in the fields of child development, education, nursing, psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy and many others.
SUNY childcare centers are caring for and educating New York’s future workforce:
Each SUNY childcare center is a not-for-profit entity with a relationship and contract with the campus they serve. All SUNY childcare centers serve student parents, faculty and staff. Many also serve community members. Schedules vary by campus.
New York State provides funding for SUNY childcare centers through the Operating Grant and the Child Care & Development Block Grant. Operating grant funds are used for center operating costs, including salaries, supplies, equipment and meals for children. The Child Care & Development Block Grant provides tuition subsidies for over 1,500 children of income-eligible students.
Directors meet twice annually at regional meetings. SUNY hosts an annual Early Care & Education Conference for the directors and staff of the childcare centers. SUNY childcare centers are supported by a Child Care Coordinator and the Office of University Life.
For more information contact Mary Stalker, Coordinator of Child Care and Related Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518)320-1357