Founded in 1969, the Shattuck Child Care Center provides high quality, affordable, and developmentally-appropriate child care to children ages 15 months to 6 years old in a racially, culturally and economically diverse setting. We seek to provide an educational and social environment which is both stimulating and satisfying for children. We believe that this age is one of rich growth: new social and cognitive skills are being acquired at a rate probably unsurpassed at any other period in life.
We feel strongly that academic and social success is closely related to one’s self-confidence, and therefore an important goal of our program is fostering in all children good feelings about themselves as well as respect for each other. We do this by offering a variety of group and individual experiences and activities which encourage a better understanding of self and the world through academic, scientific, artistic and, most importantly, humanistic exploration and expression.
- We have three programs: the Toddler Room (15 months – 2.9 years), Pre-School (2.9 years – 4 years), and Pre-K/Kindergarten (4-6 years).
- We use a sliding-scale tuition based on family income; information about this can be found on our Tuition page. Half of the seats in our program are reserved for families in the lowest income tier and those receiving child care vouchers from the State.
- To accommodate the wide variety of our families’ work schedules, the Center is open from 6:30 am until 6 pm, five days a week. (The tuition listed in this brochure covers that entire time period; there is no extra charge for care before 8 am or after 5 pm.)
- Children are NOT required to be toilet trained at the time of enrollment.
- If we are fully enrolled, families may place themselves on our wait list. You will be given an initial application to complete; this must be returned to us along with an application fee of $25. (This fee can be waived if it is cost-prohibitive.) Enrollment priority is given to siblings of currently-enrolled children.
It takes years to develop a program that is capable of caring for and teaching kids from that wide a variety of backgrounds, and that is exactly what we have worked so hard to do for almost half a century. Rather than attempt to minimize the cultural differences of the families we serve, we celebrate them. We provide accessible curriculum for even the youngest kids, designed specifically to include those with varying backgrounds and developmental needs.
The only assumption we make about the families who come to the Center is that they care deeply about the wellbeing of their child(ren) and want them to spend their days in a place where others do as well. We do not discriminate in providing services to children or families on the basis of race, religion, age, sex, gender presentation, cultural heritage, national origin, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or veteran’s status. We understand that “families” can take an infinite variety of forms, and we are specifically sensitive to the needs of families separated by immigration policy or incarceration, those struggling with homelessness, and those involved in the foster care system.
The true diversity of our population, along with the experience and knowledge of our staff, provide a unique opportunity not just for the Center’s kids but for families to learn to be mindful and appreciative of that which can set us apart, reinforcing the idea that if we focus solely on the ways in which we are alike, we will never see each other for who we really are. We create curriculum designed to teach these skills and values to the children enrolled in our program, and we ourselves continue to learn from the families who come through our doors.