SUNY Potsdam Childcare Center

SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center, Inc. is a fully licensed, center-based child care facility serving children of Potsdam College faculty, staff and students as well as the community at large.

The center program is based on the philosophy that each child has unique, individual needs and developmental patterns. Experiences planned for the children at the center promote the positive development of emotional, social, intellectual, and physical/motor abilities. Curriculum planning focuses on the child's need to grow and enhances development of a positive self-image.

Classroom staff is experienced and well trained, with staff members attending conferences and workshops on national, state, and local levels. Classes maintain a child to teacher ratio, which is in accordance with state regulations.

The Center is open from 7:30 until 5:30, Monday through Friday. Summer hours are observed from mid May through early July at which time we close at 4:30 p.m. Programming is continuous throughout the year except for the following days: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day through New year's Day, and 2 staff development days, one in the fall and one in the spring. The Center is typically closed for about 8 weeks in the summer from early July through mid-August.

The Child Care Center, Inc. is located in Merritt Hall on the SUNY Potsdam campus. Along with classrooms, gymnasium area, and 2 outdoor playgrounds, the center also boasts an on-site kitchen. Our cook serves a variety of nutritious meals, which meet the strict standards of the Child and Adult Care Food Program, daily. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are served family style in the classrooms or dining areas.

Two meals and one snack are served daily to the children at the center. Breakfast is served to the infants and toddler 1 groups at 8:30 a.m. with lunch at 11:30 a.m. Breakfast is served to the toddler 2 and preschool groups at 9:00 a.m. with lunch served at 12:00 noon. Snack is served daily at 3:00 p.m.

After lunch a supervised nap on a cot (or in a crib) provides a chance to rest up for the afternoon's activities.

Outdoor play is included at least once each day when the weather permits. Walks to places of interest in the community, field trips and classroom guests lend variety to the program.

The Child Care Center is dedicated to expanding and enhancing human potential. It seeks to stimulate the development of each child, support families in raising their children and provide a rewarding working environment for its employees.

Applications are available upon request. You may apply on line by completing the waiting list registration on this web page, call or drop in at the Center to pick one up. After applications are received, they are placed on a waiting list. Enrollment is on a space-available basis with priority given to SUNY students, faculty, and staff of the college.

New York State employees are eligible to enroll in the Dependent Care Advantage Account, which is a flexible spending account for dependent care, allowing them to save money by setting aside pre-tax dollars for child care.