Child Care Services

The Children’s Learning Center provides high quality, affordable and accessible child care to the children of Onondaga Community College students and serves as an exemplary teacher training site for students in the Human Services and Teacher Education Department.  The center partners with Onondaga County Head Start and Early Head Start Program to provide additional support services and resources to eligible families.

The Children’s Learning Center (CLC) is licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. 

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Ages Served and Hours

The Children’s Learning Center serves children from infants to entrance in kindergarten.  

The CLC operates from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. The Center operates on a year round schedule. Enrollment for full-time care is Monday through Friday or part-time care either Monday/Wednesday/Fri or Tuesday/Thursday schedules.


The Children’s Learning Center’s serves the children of OCC students, employees and community members.  OCC Students receive enrollment priority

To check on availability of openings for children or to get on the waiting list please contact us. 


The Children’s Learning Center’s professional staff includes:

  • Director
  • Office Coordinator
  • Co-program Coordinators
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Student Teachers
  • Cook

Students from the Human Services and Teacher Education Department complete student teaching experiences at the CLC under the guidance of the CLC’s professional teaching staff.

Program for Children

The philosophy that guides the experiences teachers plan for the children is based upon the belief that children learn when they are given ample opportunities for observation, exploration and discovery.

The activities for children include a balance of active/quiet play, small/large group, indoor/outdoor, child initiated/teacher directed.  Indoor playrooms allow the children opportunities to build large motor skills regardless of outside weather conditions. The outdoor playground is nature based and allows children to practice large motor skills while observing and learning about seasonal changes in the environment. Children also have the opportunity to explore art and cultural experiences that are a greatly integrated part of Onondaga Community College.


Scholarships may be available for students who meet eligibility guidelines, these reduce the cost of child care. Please call 498-2346 for information about tuition subsidies.

2016-2017 Fee Schedule:

  • Infants 6 weeks to 18 months            
    • M,W,F - $165
    • T,TH - $110
    • Weekly - $250
  • Toddlers 18 months to 3 years
    • M,W,F - $160
    • T,TH - $106
    • Weekly- $240
  • Preschool 3-5 years      
    • M,W,F - $150
    • T,TH - $100
    • Weekly- $225


Children are served breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack.  All meals are planned and prepared onsite by the CLC’s cook.