Child Development and Learning Center

General Information

The Child Development and Learning Center is located on the third floor of the Graduate Center in Suite 3201. The Center is licensed to serve 27 children aged two through five. Depending on enrollment needs, our classrooms are divided into two multi-age groups or a younger group and an older group.

The program is available to children of matriculated students enrolled at the Graduate Center. Only registered students are permitted use of the center. Each semester, a verification of enrollment status is conducted in conjunction with the Office of the Registrar. If you take a leave of absence or withdraw from classes your child is not eligible to remain in the program.

How to Apply

The process for applying to have your child enroll in the Child Development and Learning Center begins by scheduling an appointment with the Director, Linda Perrotta, after your child’s first birthday. You can contact Linda Perrotta via phone or email and schedule a tour. The best times to schedule your tour are Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. At the time of the tour, you are then able to fill out a waitlist application. The Center accepts children ages two thorugh five years old, and enrollment typically follows the academic calendar with students starting in the fall semester.

Orientation to School/Phase In

Starting school is a big step in your child’s life. It can also be a curious, exciting and anxious time for parents and children. A welcome party for all newly enrolled families is scheduled in June. This event is an opportunity for the children to meet their teachers and classmates and to become familiar with the new environment. Additionally, teachers mail a note introducing themselves to each child prior to the beginning of the school year. Our orientation program usually begins in August, the week prior to the start of classes. Detailed schedules are mailed to parents during the month of July. During the adjustment week, we ask that parents remain in the classroom with their children and gradually, children attend independently. This format allows parents, teachers and children to get to know each other and helps each child to adjust to school at his/her own pace.


The cost of CUNY Childcare is subsidized through the State Higher Education budget. Therefore, parents pay a reduced fee of $43.00 per day.  All parents must commit to enrolling their children for at least 3 days per week. Parents are billed twice each year: fall semester (17 weeks) and spring semester, which includes June (23 weeks). Absences and holidays are included in the tuition amount.
In addition to the tuition fee, parents are required to pay a one-time $100.00 non-refundable registration fee at the time of enrollment and a snack fee of $50.00 each semester.  Parents are also required to participate in the center’s fundraising efforts. These fundraising activities help to keep tuition fees affordable for all parents. During the school year, the Center sponsors three fundraising events as follows: a fall bake sale, which requires all parents to donate baked goods; a silent auction, which requires all parents to donate an item; and a plant sale, which requires all parents to donate plants.

Operating Schedule

The Center observes the Graduate School calendar. In addition, the Center is open for three weeks during the month of January and the entire month of June. The daily hours of operation are:

3-4-5’s classes
Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

2-3’s classes
Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The teaching staff helps parents to develop individualized schedules that meet the specific needs of each child and family.