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UIC Children’s Center

UIC Children’s Center-West Site

General Information

Center Hours
Center hours are 6:30am to 6:00pm Monday-Friday. The classrooms are open from 8:15am-5:15pm. Parents who need child care before or after the regular classroom hours are asked to make arrangements in advance with the site director for the Early Morning Room or the Late Room. All children must arrive by 9:30am each day.

The Center’s operating budget is based upon fees paid by the parents of enrolled children‚ a University subsidy‚ participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Chicago Public Schools’ Preschool For All program‚ and other grants and contracts.

For student parents ‚ fees are on a sliding scale based upon each family’s gross income before taxes and other financial resources‚ such as child support‚ financial aid‚ savings‚ assistance by other family members‚ incomes from rental property‚ etc. All other parents will pay the designated weekly rate. Each child’s weekly fee is determined at enrollment and reviewed at the beginning of the fall semester each year. When the site director establishes each family’s fees‚ income and other financial verification may be requested. Any deviation from the Center’s fee scale requires the Center director’s approval.

Upon the initial decision to enroll a child (and by the end of each spring semester thereafter), parents are asked to pay a deposit of the annual registration fee and the first week's child care fee. This non-refundable deposit reserves a child's place in the program. Space will not be held for a child without this deposit. Questions about the deposit should be discussed with the director or the assistant director.

The Children's Center accepts families participating in the Illinois Department of Human Services subsidized child care program. Parents are responsible for the initial application (or re-determination) process, as well as submitting any required documents to Action for Children. Weekly tuition will be collected until the subsidy is approved in writing at which point parents will be responsible to pay their weekly/monthly co-payment. If at any point a parent is dropped from the subsidized child care program, s/he will be responsible for the weekly fee determined upon enrollment.

Optional Weeks
Parents may request three weeks as "optional" throughout the school year (August-July). Parents may choose not to bring their child to the Center during optional weeks and will not be charged fees for those weeks. If the child attends any days during that week‚ the parent will be charged the full weekly fee.

The designated place for parents to park is in our driveway at the west end of the building. Our driveway is only accessible when you are driving NORTH on Damen.
The driveway is for drop-off and pick-up only. Parents are not authorized to park for longer periods of time‚ and those who do so risk a parking ticket from the UIC Police or Parking Enforcement staff.
If you chose to park in the circular drive in the front of the building on Taylor Street‚ please be advised that this is NOT our designated drop-off area and you are at risk of receiving a parking ticket from the City of Chicago Police.

Child:Teacher Ratio
Children are cared for in mixed age-groupings. The Center has two classrooms made up of three- and four-year old children. The ratio in this classroom is two adults to 16 children. The third classroom at the Center is made up of four- and five-year old children. The ratio in this classroom is two adults to 18 children.

Food Service
The Children’s Center participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program‚ a U.S. Department of Agriculture program administered by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Daily lunches and morning and afternoon snacks are catered by University Dining Services‚ with a freshly prepared lunch delivered each morning. The Center serves a variety of foods‚ but not pork‚ preserved meats (such as hot dogs)‚ or sugared desserts. Weekly menus are posted on the hallway bulletin board.
View the current menu cycle.

Children’s Center Staff
Staff is made up of teachers and directors who have specialized training in early childhood education and child development. All teachers and directors have four-year or graduate degrees in Early Childhood Education.
The administrative staff is made up of the Center Director‚ and the Assistant Director‚ . Each classroom has co-teachers who work as a team to plan and implement activites‚and the daily schedule. Teachers work with children individually‚ as well as within the group.
Support staff includes a Food Service Aide and student employees who serve as Teacher’s Aides during naptime. The Children’s Center occasionally hosts practicum students and volunteers in the classroom.

Parent Handbook
The Parent Handbook covers additional Center policies and procedures. Each family will be given a handbook at the time of enrollment.
Download West Site Handbook

UIC Children’s Center Staff

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