In 1969 University Congregational United Church of Christ (UCUCC) undertook an outreach program to provide quality child care, emphasizing economic, social, and ethnic diversity with a commitment to serving low income and single-parent families. In 1999, UCUCC Child Care Programs became a separately incorporated 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and Board membership was expanded to include parents and community members. The Child Care Programs continue as a mission of the congregation of the Church.
UCUCC Child Care Programs provides a place where all families are welcome and supported.
At Child Learning and Care Center, we believe children learn best by doing. What children do best is play. Children learn best through play. Some examples: Our toddlers love to play with dress up shoes, in learning to put on dress up shoes by themselves, they are now able to put on their own shoes to go outside and play. Our preschoolers love to play with play dough. Our preschoolers help make the play dough by counting how many cups of flour and salt we need to make play dough. Our children have learned that the number three actually means three items. Our Pre Kindergarteners learn to play together. They learn the block tower gets built bigger and faster when they work together. They have learned to be a team player.
Child Learning and Care Center is more than day care, we are exactly what our name says. We are an early learning center for children, who need to have someone to care for them while their parents are at work or school. You can expect that your child will be learning in a loving and supporting place from the time they walk in our door at 12 months until they graduate and move on to kindergarten.
An important part of our Philosophy is an anti-bias approach to learning. It is our goal to consistently maintain an environment that provides learning materials and offers activities which reflect all aspects of diversity. We particularly strive to reflect the diversity present in the families we serve. Examples of how a classroom environment may include representations of diversity are as the follows:
- In decoration: displayed pictures of children and families served and pictures of various diverse individuals and families
- In dramatic play: various skin tone babies, multi-cultural foods, multi-cultural dress and/or accessories, a wheel chair, glasses, wigs, or occupational hats
- In literature: picture books reflecting multi-cultural, differently abled, intergenerational families, same sex parents/guardians, sign language, and non-stereotypical gender roles
- In manipulative and block play: pretend play people that are multi-cultural, differently abled, differently aged, and include different representations of family
When children see themselves and their culture reflected in their environment, and when children are supported in their choice of play, they learn to value themselves for who they are. This instilled sense of pride contributes to a higher self-esteem throughout adulthood.
Child Learning and Care Center is currently 100% full. Please see our Enrollment Page for waitlist instructions.
In 2017 The UCUCC Child Care Programs provided over $58,000.00 in scholarships to families who would otherwise not be able to afford child care. The dollars to provide scholarships are from University Congregational United Church of Christ, CLCC staff who make small monthly donations by payroll withdraw, and private donors who believe all families should have a safe, quality child care program while they cannot be with their child. Please join our teachers is supporting our scholarship fund. You may donate with a direct payment to us for our scholarship fund, you may click the DONATE NOW link on the left side of this page, or many employers have a matching donation program. If you shop, Amazon gives! We receive a small portion of your spending from your Amazon shopping. Please check out Amazon Smile. We are listed as UCUCC Child Care Programs. Funds donated to the scholarship fund are used directly to cover the cost of child care. Donations may be tax deductible, please contact your tax adviser for this information.
Child Learning and Care Center (CLCC) and Trettin Drop-In Preaschool are both part of the mission of UCUCC Child Care Programs. Teacher Ashleigh leads our Admin Team as the Director of UCUCC Child Care Programs. Teacher Nancy is the Program Director and supports Ashleigh in overseeing UCUCC Child Care Programs. Teacher Allison serves as Administrative Assistant and supports UCUCC Child Care Programs with administrative duties.