The Children’s Center

The Children's Center

The Children’s Center provides high quality and affordable child care for children of students, faculty and staff, and the local community.

Children's Center Tree LogoContact Information:

Director, Maria Gruen
845.687.5257 (p)     845.687.5258 (f)  

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 7:30am-5:00pm



    • Infant Room:  6 weeks – 18 months
    • Young Toddlers: 18 months – 27 months
    • Preschool:  3 years
    • Prekindergarten: 4 years – 5 years

    • Program Features

      • Licensed by the Office of Children and Family Services
      • Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
      • Committed & Professional Staff
      • Appropriate teacher to child ratios
      • Educational experiences for the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of the child
      • Rondout Central School District Universal Prekindergarten Program
      • Morning and Afternoon snack included in the cost
      • All children are provided developmental assessments
      • Parent-Teacher conferences are held each semester
      • Large playground and indoor gross motor room
      • Enrichment programs utilizing the campus community through art, literacy, music, science, math, and physical education

      Application Process

      Interested families should call to set up an appointment to visit and learn more about our daycare policies and procedures.

      All students interested in enrolling their children in daycare or preschool must be registered for classes and provide the Director with a copy of their class schedule. 

      There is a $25 nonrefundable registration fee.

      We do not provide drop in child care.

      Learning Environment

      Classrooms are set up into interest areas including Dramatic Play, Art, Blocks, Library, Sensory Table, Music, Games & Puzzles, Writing and Computers.  Child-sized furnishings are organized with age appropriate toys and materials to create an environment that focuses on the joy of learning.  We have a large outdoor playground  and indoor gross motor room that allows the children to have room for movement and active play.

      The Teaching Staff

      Our teaching staff have a range of Childhood Development Certificates, two year degrees, four year degrees and Teaching Certifications.  All teaching staff receive 15 hours of professional development each year in all areas of early childhood education.  All teachers are trained in First Aid and CPR.


      Our rates are based on the current market rates set forth by the Office of Children and Family Services.

      Contracts are created for each family based on their child’s planned usage of the center. 

      Students may apply for the SUNY Child Care Subsidy Block Grant which reduces the tuition based on income and family size.


      Use Rates


      Weekly Rates

      Use of the Center 30 hours or more per week.

      Daily Rates

      Use of the Center for 6+ hours per day,
      less than 5 days per week, under 30 hours total per week.

      Part-Day Rates

      Use of the Center less than 6 hours per day.

      Student Hourly  Rates

      Use of the Center for 4 hours or less.  Hourly rates will only be used for a full hour.  They will not be used in increments of quarter hours or half hours.






      Child's Age

      6 wks. - 18 mos.

      1 1/2 - 3 years

      3-5 years









      Part Day  




      Hourly (Students)




      Universal Prekindergarten Wrap Around
      : $21 per day   

      Rates include Morning and Afternoon Snacks.

      Discount @10% for second child in same family.

    • There is a $25 registration fee per semester: Fall – Spring - Summer
      *Approved Effective 23/2

      Policies and Procedures

      Our Family Handbook outlines every policy and procedure the Children’s Center follows.


      You can find cancellation and delay information at SUNY Ulster Weather/Closings page.

      You can find Rondout closings and delay information at Rondout Valley Central Schools During Fall and Spring semesters at SUNY Ulster: 

      • If the College closes campus, the Children’s Center is closed. 
      • If there is a delay to the start of classes on any particular day, the center will open when the college opens. 
      • If classes are canceled during the day, we will contact you to pick up your child, as the center will be closing. 

      You are expected to pick up your child within one hour of being contacted. 

      For the Universal Pre-K program: 

      If the Rondout Valley School District schools are closed, the Universal Pre-K program is canceled. If Rondout has a two hour delay, the UPK program will start at 11:00. If the center remains open, the wrap students may attend if it is a day that they are normally scheduled to wrap. 

      For all closings and delays a post will be placed on our Facebook page and an email will be sent to all parent email addresses on file. 

      Important Links

      The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
      Office of Children and Family Services


    • The Children's Center hallway

      The Children's Center ClassroomThe Children's Center OutdoorsThe Children's Center BabyChildren's Reading in Library

      Contact Information

      Director, Maria Gruen  
      845.687.5257 (p)    
      845.687.5258 (f)

      Hours of Operation

      Monday – Friday 7:30am-5:00pm 

      Policies and Procedures

      Our Family Handbook outlines every policy and procedure the Children’s Center follows.






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