Purdue University Early Care and Education Center
New Purdue Child Care Center Frequently Asked Questions
The new Purdue Child Care Center is scheduled to open in August 2016. Registration and enrollment information is included in the answers below. More specific information will be available then, but the following describes the structure, philosophy and general services to be offered at the center.
- When will the center be completed?
Construction has begun and if things continue as planned, the center will open in August 2016. Updates will be provided throughout the remainder of the construction process.
- What ages of children are served at the center?
The center offers early care and education for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years The center will also offer a before and after school care program and a summer education and care program for children enrolled in kindergarten through age 12.
- What are the hours of operation for the center?
The center is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Will the center close during any special times of the year?
The center is closed during university holidays and one additional day per year for professional development. A schedule of Purdue University holidays can be seen at http://www.purdue.edu/hr/Benefits/currentEmployees/leaves/holidays.html.
- Where is the center located?
The center address is 1568 W. State Street. This is located at the eastern edge of Horticulture Park.
- How do I arrange to take a tour?
All tours of the Children’s Creative Learning Centers at the Patty Jishcke Early Care and Education Center are by appointment only. Please call 765-743-6503 so we can schedule the best time for you to visit the center.
- Who is eligible to enroll in the center?
The center operates on a priority tier structure with highest priority given to children of full time benefit eligible faculty and staff. Graduate students, undergraduate students, and Purdue affiliates are also encouraged to apply. At this time, the center is not available to the general public.
- How many spaces does the center offer?
The center has the capacity to serve 116 children on a full-time basis along with 24 school age children. The table below shows a breakdown of full-time spaces by age group:
Age Group Staffing Ratio Group Size Classrooms Infants (6wk - 12mo) 1:4 8 2 Toddler(12mo - 24mo) 1:5 10 2 Two’s (24mo - 36mo) 1:5 10 2 Preschool(36mo - 60mo) 1:10 20 3 School Age (60+ mo) 1:12 24 1
- When and how can I register my child?
2/29/16 – Any family with at least one child on the all current child care center waiting lists will be notified via email about pre-enrolling for the new Purdue Child Care Center.
3/08/16 – Deadline for families on the waitlist to indicate interest in pre-enrolling.
3/28/16 – Based on priority, families will be notified of pre-enrollment. Tours and information sessions will be made available at the Patty Jischke Early Care and Education Center.
4/15/16 – Deadline for families to respond to pre-enrollment.
5/06/16 – Pre-enrollment for the new Purdue Child Care Center continues. Pre-enrollment will begin to back-fill vacated spaces at all Purdue Child Care Centers.
8/01/16 – Pre-enrolled families begin at new child care center.
- What are the tuition rates?
Great care has been taken by Purdue University to offer quality education and child care programs and services at rates comparable to the local market. The weekly rate structure is based on family income and verified by the previous year’s tax return.
Tier Combined Family Income Infant Todd/twos PreK/Kprep School Age
1 <$75,000 $220 $209 $177 $85 $140 2 ≥$75,000 $260 $249 $217 $105 $170
- What payment options are offered?
Checks, money orders or credit cards are accepted. For your convenience, electronic funds transfers can be set up to have your tuition and fees automatically drafted from your bank account on a weekly or monthly basis. For the safety of the children and our teachers, we do not allow cash payments at the center. No payroll deduction options are available currently.
- What is the registration fee?
There currently is no registration fee for Children’s Creative Learning Centers. There is a $75 enrollment fee for the center, which is due on or before a child’s first day. An annual activity fee of $50 for the first child and $25 for each additional child is also collected each July.
- Is there a discount for a family with more than one child at the center?
Yes, a 5% discount is offered to reduce the tuition of the oldest child.
- Who will be responsible for center operations?
Beginning the spring of 2015, a national search was conducted for a child care center operator to run the day to day operations of both the Patty Jischke Early Care and Education Center and the new Purdue Child Care Center. In September 2015, Purdue Human Resources announced the selection of a child care center operator for the new Purdue Child Care Center, Children’s Creative Learning Centers (CCLC). CCLC is currently working with Purdue to execute all pre-opening activities and tasks.
- Who is Children’s Creative Learning Centers?
CCLC is a leading provider of employer-sponsored early childhood education and family care solutions and operates more than 100 employer-sponsored child care centers across the country for children ages six weeks to 12 years. Many of those centers are located at higher education institutions and are part of a larger on-campus child care system. For more information about CCLC, visit their website www.cclc.com.
- What will be the qualifications of the teachers?
All teachers are carefully selected based upon experience, education and a passion for children. Each teacher will meet or exceed state requirements. All head teachers hold a Bachelor degree, and teachers and assistant teachers have at least a Child Development Associate credential. Professionals who have chosen early care and education as their career find that they appreciate the working environment with their state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, and curriculum. Teachers are also provided comprehensive training programs; including the requirement that they attend a minimum of 20 hours of training annually and that they hold a certification in both first aid and CPR.
- Will the teachers have background checks?
Yes, all teachers submit to pre-hire background checks as well as checks every six months. Random drug testing is also conducted.
- What will my young child be learning? Do you follow a curriculum?
The CCLC curriculum, Early Foundations, provides a framework for excellence in early care and education, while meeting the individual needs of each child and family enrolled in our centers. We help children to see the world as an invitation to learn, to grow, and to live fully—to see a world full of possibilities that are within their reach. We create developmentally appropriate environments in which each child learns what the world is like, how it works, and what he or she is capable of achieving. We help children approach school and academics with skill, confidence, and a drive for excellence. The program continuously evolves, reflecting new research in the field and our close association with the NAEYC. Equally important are the reflection of the children’s interests and abilities, and the cultures of families enrolled in our centers.
Armed with their knowledge gained from our comprehensive training programs and an extensive library of resources, Children’s Creative Learning Center teachers guide children’s experiences through projects, activities, and learning opportunities that correspond with children’s developmental abilities and their expressed interests. In this way, our curriculum emerges from the children. What is planned for the classroom today grows out of what happened yesterday. For more information on Our Approach, please visit www.cclc.com.
- Will the children go outside?
Outdoor curriculum is an important part of the program. Weather permitting; all children will go outside daily. The center follows Indiana Licensed Child Care Center weather policies to determine when it is appropriate to be outdoors. The center has five playgrounds with age-specific equipment, green space, and plenty of shade.
- What security measures does the center have?
We know that the safety of the children enrolled in the center is a primary concern of families. To address security concerns, we have developed a comprehensive approach to security. The front doors of the center will be locked at all times requiring visitors, families, and guardians to utilize a keypad to gain access to the building. A security camera system with monitors at the front desk will allow center staff to keep an eye on all entrances and exits to the building. The front lobby is continuously staffed to monitor all persons coming and going from the building. In addition, another layer of security is our Family Connection system. This system enables families and guardians to sign their child in and out of the center utilizing a unique PIN code. Also, the use of our Tadpoles system in the classrooms allows teachers to easily ensure all children in their care are accounted for at all times.
- Do the children have snacks or meals at the center?
Yes, breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack are provided. To encourage healthy eating habits and because the center participates in Partnership for a Healthier America, menus include many healthy food choices. A few examples are the elimination of all trans fats, offering whole grain breads and pastas, and serving 100% juice and purified water. All meals are served “family style” and consist of a four-week rotating menu, which exceeds nutrition guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture and the American Dietetic Association, and will be posted or provided to families.
- Do you provide diapers, wipes and formula?
No, because each young child has such individual needs, families will be asked to supply these items.
- Can I visit my child on breaks or at mealtimes?
We welcome and encourage families and guardians to visit during breaks, meals or at any time.
- What are the arrangements for nursing mothers?
We recognize the importance of and support breast feeding and have incorporated a separate nursing room within each of the infant classrooms for mothers of enrolled children who prefer privacy and quiet when nursing their children. Storage for the expressed breast milk can be immediately stored in their child’s classroom, if desired.
- Interested in employment?
Please visit our website at www.cclc.com, scroll down and select Careers.
- How do I get additional information?
Periodic updates will be provided throughout the construction phase of the project. For additional questions please contact Andrew Cohen, Regional Director, CCLC at firstname.lastname@example.org or (609) 647-0078.Your campus contact is Candace Shaffer, Benefits Administrator, Family Programming at email@example.com or (765) 496-0312.