Affiliated Child Care Centers

Additional Barnard, Teachers College and Columbia Centers

The following centers are in Barnard, Teacher's College, or through an academic department and serve Columbia and the community.

Barnard Center for Toddler Development

The mission of the Barnard Center is to provide a warm, positive first school experience for parents and children, and a forum for parents and caregivers to discuss and learn about the development of toddlers; to conduct research on early development and parenting, and to educate students about toddler development.

  • Enrolls a total of 28 children in the Toddler Center; 12 children in each class, with an equal number of boys and girls.
  • Contact the toddlercenter@barnard.edu in mid-October for admission the following fall. 
  • Address: 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 
  • Director: Tovah Klein, PhD, tklein@barnard.edu
  • Phone: 212-854-8275
  • For more information, visit the Barnard Center Website

Columbia University Head Start Program

The Head Start program serves 68 children aged three to five and families; the Early Head Start program serves 194 children under the age of three and 42 pregnant women residing in the neighborhoods of Washington Heights and Hamilton Heights in northern Manhattan.

  • Eligibility Requirements: Families earning within the federal poverty income guidelines. Families must live in the catchment area; Head Start families living between 165th Street and 181st Street in Washington Heights Riverside Drive to Amsterdam Avenue and Early Head Start families and pregnant women living between 125th Street and 204th Street in Northern Manhattan. 
  • Fees(s): Services are free to qualified families.
  • Registration/Application Deadline:  Applications accepted on an ongoing basis; families will be placed on a waiting list.
  • Address: 154 Haven Avenue, 3rd Floor 
  • Director: Carmen Rodriguez Ph.D., cr14@columbia.edu  
  • Phone: 212-923-5237
  • For more information, visit the Head Start Program Website 

Hollingworth Preschool, Teachers College

This program, run by Teachers College, provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum for three-, four-, and five-year-old children and their families. The children, who attend the school five half-days per week, participate in a classroom community that nurtures all aspects of their development.

The Rita Gold Early Childhood Center, Teachers College

The Rita Gold Early Childhood Center, an infant, toddler and preschool early care and education research practicum site, serves to promote the growth and development of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.

  • Eligibility Requirements: Only children of Teachers College, Columbia University and Barnard College faculty, staff or students accepted
  • Fee(s): Tuition fees vary depending on the child's schedule; 25% non-refundable deposit, $75 application fee applies
  • Registration/Application Deadline: Varies by year
  • Address: Teachers College, 525 W. 120th Street (Thorndike Hall, second floor)
  • Director: Susan Recchia, recchia@tc.edu 
  • Phone: 212-678-3013; Fax: 212-678-3048
  • For more information, visit the Rita Gold Website