Affiliated Child Care Centers

Affiliated Centers

Conveniently located near Columbia University's campuses, the affiliated but independent child care centers listed below serve many Columbia families.  Columbia University provides some support to these centers for maintaining their physical environment, quality of care and financial aid. These centers vary in their programming, hours, age range of students and tuition fees. You should carefully screen all child care centers that you are considering to find the program that will best meet your family's needs. 

The Columbia University Affiliated Child Care Centers offer an optional earlier notification of their admissions decision to the applicant families who are current and prospective faculty, staff and students of Columbia University. Please see below for more details.

Please feel free to download and save this spreadsheet that provides details on Columbia University Affiliated Child Care and Early Education Programs.  

Children's Learning Center

The Children's Learning Center (CLC) is located on the beautiful grounds of Morningside Gardens in Morningside Heights.  CLC is an arts-oriented, play-based nursery school for children aged 6 months-5 years. At CLC, we value play, hands on exploration of materials, and children's social and emotional learning. We see children as creative and competent problem solvers, and celebrate the imaginative spark within each child.

  • Eligibility Requirements: Ages 6 months to 5 years
  • Fees:  Tuition varies; $50 application fee
  • Registration/Application Deadline: Applications are accepted until February 1st.
  • Address: 90 LaSalle Street, New York, NY 10027
  • Director: Molly Vozick-Levinson
  • Phone: 212-663-9318;  Fax: 212-600-4870
  • Email:
  • For more information, visit the CLC Website

Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School

Columbia Greenhouse is an independent, not-for-profit, and non-sectarian part-time early childhood school. Their student body reflects the diversity of the University community and of the neighborhood.
  • Eligibility Requirements: Ages 2 to 5 years
  • Fee(s): Tuition and application fees; financial aid is available
  • Registration/Application Deadline: Application deadline is December 1
  • Address: 404 West 116th Street
  • Director: Renee Mease
  • Phone: 212-666-4796; Fax: 212-865-1294
  • Email:
  • For more information, visit the Columbia Greenhouse Website

Family Annex

The Family Annex is a parent co-op that offers full-time and part-time enrollment for child care. The Reggio Emilia approach is used to encourage creative thinking for children and encourages both teachers and children to be researchers. The children are engaged in discovery through the use of materials, discussions and possibilities which the teachers explore with the children.

  • Eligibility Requirements: 17 months to 4.5 years 
  • Fee(s): Tuition fee; financial aid is available 
  • Registration/Application Deadline: None, but enrollment is for 11 months (September-July; closed August)
  • Address: 560 West 113th Street
  • Director: Nancy Drescher
  • Phone: 212-749-3271; Fax: 212-749-3271
  • Email:
  • For more information, visit the Family Annex Website

Lamont-Doherty Child Development Center

The Lamont-Doherty Child Development Center, run by Bright Horizons Family Solutions, offers full-time, part-time, and drop-in care for infants, toddlers and preschool children at the Lamont-Doherty Observatory. The center is located on the border of New York and New Jersey.

  • Eligibility Requirements: Ages 6 weeks to 5 years
  • Fees: Modestly subsidized for employees; partial tuition scholarships available for employees and students of Lamont-Doherty
  • Registration/Application Deadline: There is no deadline, students can enroll at any point
  • Address: 135 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964
  • Director: Monkia Torres,
  • Phone: 845-848-2665
  • Email:
  • For more information, visit the Lamont-Doherty Website 

Medical Center Nursery School

The Medical Center Nursery School aims to provide a secure, nurturing, developmentally appropriate educational setting for children in the following communities: Columbia University; New York Presbyterian Hospital; the New York State Psychiatric Institute; and northern Manhattan, specifically the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods.

  • Eligibility Requirements: Ages 2 to 6 years
  • Fee(s): Application fee and tuition
  • Registration/Application Deadline: Applications are accepted in the beginning of September for the following year
  • Address: 60 Haven Avenue
  • Director: Howard Johnson
  • Phone: 212-304-7040; Fax: 212-544-4243
  • Email:
  • For more information, visit the Medical Center Nursery School Website

Red Balloon Day Care Center

Red Balloon provides a safe, creative, and nurturing environment where very young children can learn by making their own choices and exploring through hands on activities and through play. The center serves the Morningside Heights and Harlem communities.

  • Eligibility Requirements: Ages 2 to 5 years
  • Fee(s): Tuition and participation/activity fees
  • Address: 560 Riverside Drive, between Tiemann place and 125th Street
  • Director: Norma Brockman
  • Phone: 212-663-9006; Fax: 212-932-0190
  • Email:
  • For more information, visit the Red Balloon Website

Tompkins Hall Nursery and Childcare Center

Originally a parent coop nursery, this preschool program encourages parents to play an important role in the school experience.  Tompkin's Hall strives to integrate each child's individual development with the experience of belonging to a group. 

  • Eligibility Requirements: 3 months to 2 years 8 months for child care center; 2 years 9 months to 4 years 8 months for preschool
  • Fee(s): Tuition, application fees, and a nonrefundable deposit upon meeting participation requirements; financial aid is available
  • Registration/Application Deadline: Before December 31 for nursery and before January 31 for day care for the following year
  • Address: 21 Claremont Avenue
  • Director: Jorinda Moorhead 
  • Phone: 212-854-9601; Fax: 212-666-3340
  • Email: 
  • For more information, visit the Tompkin's Hall website.

Twin Parks Montessori School

Twin Parks Montessori Schools (Park West, Riverside, and Central Park) are committed to building and fostering a community of life-long learners, using proven Montessori methodology.  The schools provide infant, toddler, and early childhood education and child care services.

  • Eligibility Requirements: Ages 3 months to 6 years
  • Fee(s):  Tuition fees vary; Application fee $50   
  • Registration/Application Deadline: Begins September 1
  • For more information, visit the Twin Parks Website

     Park West Address: 435 Central Park West

     Riverside Address: 202 Riverside Drive