The Children's Learning Center

Hours of Operation: The CLC operates from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Opening during the winter and summer session will be dependent on enrollment need. Contact Us

Mission Statement

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.

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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. 

A Program for Children

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

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.

Teachers guide and extend children’s learning by challenging their thinking, reasoning, and problem solving skills. The principles upon which the program is based are consistent with early childhood research and best practices set forth by organizations that are leaders in the field.

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.

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The Children’s Learning Center’s enrollment is available first to OCC students, then to OCC employees, and then, if space remains, to the area community.  

Children are required to attend a minimum of two full days.  Drop in care is not provided.

To check on availability of openings for children or to get on the waiting list please contact:  Michele Ferguson or  Jean Emmons


Scholarships may be available for students who meet eligibility guidelines. These reduce the cost of child care.  Contact  Michele Ferguson or Jean Emmons for information about tuition scholarships.

  Infants  Toddlers  Preschool 
Weekly Rate  $255  $245  $230 
M/W/F Schedule  $170  $165  $155 
T/Th Schedule  $115  $111  $105 

Late Pick-up Fee: Equal to $1 per every minute past closing time, paid to the teacher.  Closing time is 4:30pm for students and 5:30pm for faculty, staff and community.

Registration Fee: $20

Returned Check Fee: $15

Security Deposit: Equal to one week of tuition


Children are served breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack.  All meals are planned and prepared by the CLC’s cook in a newly renovated kitchen.


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

  • Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Student Teachers

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.