On-Campus and Off-Campus Child Care Overview


NIU and the DeKalb community offer a range of child care resources for students who are parents.

NIU Campus Child Care

Located on the east side of Annie Glidden Road behind Gabel Hall, NIU Campus Child Care offers quality care to children ages three months - give years (pre-kindergarten). The center is licensed through the State of Illinois. and accredited through NAEYC's Academy of Early Childhood Program Accreditation, which serves as an indicator of a high quality program.

NIU Child Development Lab

The Child Development Lab (CDL) is a teaching and research facility for child development and early childhood professionals sponsored by the School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) with a four star rating from the Quality Rating System of the Illinois Department of Human Services, the laboratory provides inclusive, full-day, mixed-age child care in a nurturing and supportive environment with low teacher-child ratios. High quality care is implemented by the full-time staff that is highly educated in child development and early childhood education.

The Child Development Lab has three mixed-age classrooms. There are two mixed-age classrooms with infants (8 weeks - 14 months old), toddlers (15-23 months old) and two-year-olds, and there is one mixed age classroom for preschoolers (3-5 years old).

4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care

4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care assists parents in finding reliable child care on and off campus and will help with financial assistance for child care costs for those who qualify.

Contact Us

MPTSS Lounge and Support Services
Campus Life Building, room 170
815-752-9999 (FAX)

Military Student Benefits Counseling
Campus Life Building 240
815-753-0943 (FAX)