NIU Campus Child Care offers quality care and education for children ages 3 months - 5 years. The Center is licensed through the State of Illinois, accredited by the National Association of the Education of Young Children, and is rated as a 4-star program through the Quality Rating and Improvement System (ExceleRate Illinois). Accreditation and QRIS both serve as strong indicators of a high quality early childhood program, meaning CCC has gone through extensive self-assessments and has external assessors come in to evaluate the program.
The Center is located in a white stone building off Annie Glidden Rd. (just north of Lincoln Highway). The facility can be accessed by entering NIU parking lot S/38.
The program is staffed with qualified and experienced teachers who have either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or related field. NIU students are employed as teacher aides in the classrooms to help supplement the ratios. Many of these students are majoring in education-related fields but employment is open to all NIU students. The professional staff provides on-going training and professional development for student workers to enhance their skills in working with young children.
The teachers provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum within a learning environment, fostering growth in the areas of cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and linguistic development. The curriculum is child-centered and play-based with learning activities designed to meet each child’s individual ability, developmental stage, and areas of interest. The program’s philosophy is based on the belief that children learn best through active exploration and social interaction within a safe and nurturing environment. Each day is made up of a balance of active, quiet, individual, and group activities along with morning and afternoon snacks, a hot lunch, and rest/nap time.
Full and half-day child care is available to NIU students, faculty, and staff. At least one child's parent must be affiliated with NIU. Limited enrollment is open to community families when space is available in the preschool classrooms (3-5 years) only. Half-days consist of 4.5 hours (see the application for specific time slots) and full days consist of 10 hours (either 7:15-5:15 or 7:30-5:30). The Center is open Monday - Friday, 7:15 - 5:30 during fall, spring, and summer semesters. Full day care is also available between semesters (interim) from 7:30-5:30, for those who need child care year-round.
Parents who are interested in enrolling their child(ren) should visit our enrollment page to access the child care application (which is posted for each semester as of a specific date). Enrollment is secured on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given as follows: currently enrolled families; NIU students; NIU faculty and staff; community. Enrollment also depends on space availability for a particular age group and the ability to match schedules.