In operation since 1973, the Children’s Center is dedicated to serving the children of Purchase College students, faculty, and staff and extends its services to families of neighboring communities, depending on space availability. It also serves as a laboratory where students may observe young children in connection with specific courses, practicum, internships, or independent studies.

The center’s toddler and preschool programs provide a stimulating learning experience for children ranging in age from 18 months to five years. The programs emphasize the development of a positive self-concept and are designed to facilitate each child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. The staff for each class includes a head teacher, assistant teacher, and college student assistants.

The center is licensed by the New York State Office for Children and Family Services, operated under the direction of Penny Rose, and governed by a board of directors that consists of Purchase College faculty, staff, students, and community parents.

The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. A full-day program is available two, three, or five days a week, and three calendar choices are offered: academic, modified, and extended. Tuition for the Purchase College community is based on a sliding scale according to income, and community families pay a flat fee. (Although the college provides the center with space and maintenance privileges, the center is totally self-dependent for funding.)