To best serve the needs of our children, our services are divided into three individualized programs: infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Because children thrive with continuity, we dedicate our teaching staff to specific classrooms and age groups. Our professionals provide continuous personal interaction, meaningful learning activities, supervision and immediate care to maximize children’s learning and well-being.
Our program also benefits from being on such a diverse university campus. Our families represent many different ethnicities, religions and cultures. These differences are celebrated and used as learning opportunities in our individualized curriculum.
For more information about our programs, please explore these links:
Our programs are also attentive to the needs of families with more than one child. Ask us today about how we nurture multiple siblings and support your needs.
When children transition to their next classroom, we involve families up front. Our children spend four weeks visiting their new room; gradually increasing their time in the new surroundings. Families are introduced to their child’s new teachers and given a welcoming letter.
The infant staff at the University at Buffalo Child Care Center is dedicated to providing a welcoming and nurturing environment to all children and their families. Each room at our two facilities is staffed with three permanent teachers who are glad to answer your questions and address your concerns. Feel free to ask! If you need more time, you may schedule some time to talk alone with your child’s lead teacher.
To maximize the quality of care we provide your child, we ask parents to fill out a daily sheet for your child so we are able to provide individualized, quality care throughout the day.
We are aware that the most important people in an infant’s life are his/her family. You are always welcome to stop in and visit.
UBCCC provides infant formula (Gerber Good Start), cereal and jar food (Gerber 2nd Foods) for the meals we serve to infants in our care who are not yet on whole milk or table food.
We support and welcome your choice to breastfeed your baby! More information at this link.
Our structured nap time is usually from 12:30 to 2:30 PM. However, the time is flexible according to the needs of the children each day and can be earlier or later than planned. Children who are not sleeping are able to continue on with daily activities.
A key advantage of the UBCCC is the extra support we can offer nursing mothers! Our locations are located near your UB office. We have convenient parking and offer a soothing, private, and comfortable environment to feed your child – a helping hand for new mothers returning from maternity leave.
UBCCC has been designated by the New York State Department of Health Child and Adult Food Care Program as a Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Center.
The children in the “Toddler World” classrooms range in age from 18 months to three years old and are cared for by three teachers. Activity centers are set up in classrooms, allowing the children to choose activities which suit their own development, learning styles, interests and needs.
The “Toddler World” staff is dedicated to providing quality care for the children who are in the program. The program provides for the development of the whole child – physical, social/emotional, cognitive and language - in a safe and nurturing environment. The activities are directed towards age and individual appropriateness, allowing for all learning styles. The curriculum is child-sensitive and tailored to meet the individual needs of children.
Our Toddler program allows for children to learn at their own pace through active interactions with adults, peers and relevant concrete/hands-on materials in a multi-cultural and non-sexist environment. Staff structure experiences and ask questions that encourage children’s growth and creative thinking skills based on child observations and development.
Toddlers learn through sensory, motor and tactile experiences. Toddlers need to expand their language skills and develop a sense of autonomy in a secure environment that helps them develop a sense of trust. The program is designed to enhance self-esteem, extend experiences and enrich children’s lives.
Our Preschool classrooms (3-4 year olds) offer a program that meets the needs of a wide range of children’s abilities and developmental levels. Learning is individualized. Children in a mixed age group have the chance to learn from older children and to help younger children. Children with different levels of abilities within themselves benefit from a mixed age classroom, because materials and activities are offered in a wider range and they can find what meets their individual needs.
- Bornhava @ UB: At our South Campus location, we team with Bornhava, an Early Childhood Center for children with developmental disabilities. This inclusion program takes place in one of our Preschool clasrooms (3-4 year olds) with 8 Borhnava children and 8 UBCCC children. This partnership strengthens our play-based, individualized curriculum and allows the children to experience even more diversity and appreciation for the differences within their peers.
Our Pre-K classroom (4-5 years old) offers kindergarten readiness for children who are closer in age and ability and enables the class as a whole to work together on skills and concepts.
Both programs offer curriculum that is based on the children’s developmental needs and interests and that are aligned with NYS Learning Standards. Children are offered a well-thought out environment with opportunities to explore in areas such as Books and Writing, Science, Sensory (sand and water play), Cooking, Dramatic Play, Blocks and Puzzles. Children play outside daily (weather permitting) on our natural playgrounds or explore the campus. Social interactions and conflict resolution are part of the curriculum. Teachers support children’s learning by providing interesting experiences and by asking questions that direct children’s thinking. All this takes place in a safe, nurturing and homey environment!
In the summer months, we offer a special program for school-age children (ages 5 to 8) @ our North Campus site, organized in a Summer Camp theme. We offer many exciting activities, flexibly arranged to fit your full time or part time scheduling needs, including:
- Weekly themes with lots of hands-on activities.
- Creative, open-ended art activities.
- Small group size to maximize individual interaction.
- Experienced, professional staff.
- Field trips every week to interesting destinations like the Buffalo Zoo, Science Museum, Public Library, and UB Solar Panels.
- UB Sports experiences for boys and girls.
- Nutritious boxed lunches and cool summer snacks.
Starting Summer 2014! School-age Summer Camp will be open to 9-12 year-olds as well!