REVISED Early Education and Child Care

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Center Based Early Education and Child Care

Centers are often referred to as nursery schools, preschools and child care centers interchangeably. 

Columbia Affiliated Early Learning Centers

These affiliated, but independent, centers serve many Columbia families and are located on or near Columbia's Manhattan campuses.

Statement from Senior Vice Provost Dennis Mitchell on the Red Balloon Learning Center                                                                                                   

Family and Group Family Child Care

Programs licensed to serve between eight and twelve children in the home of the child care provider.

In-Home Child Care

Care takes place in the child’s home.

NYC DOE 3-K and Pre-K Programs

Public tuition-free programs for three- and four-year-olds.  For NYC residents only. 3-K & Pre-K application & admissions dates for fall 2024 entry are available now at NYC DOE.


Early Childhood Divisions of Continuing Schools

Some independent and faith-based schools have early childhood programs.  

Caregiving Programs & Resources

Including Back-Up Care, discounts, and priority enrollment at participating centers. 


Additional Resources

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Early Education and Child Care Lists

Lists of programs near Columbia campuses.  

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Resources for Expectant and New Parents
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Back-Up Care

Temporary, short-term care when normal arrangements are interrupted (eligibility requirements).

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Parent Connection

Connect with other Columbia parents!  

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Need occasional care? Access Sittercity or post to Barnard's job platformContact BeyondBarnard for instructions.     

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Local online parenting groups

Find local online parent groups here.

Connect with the School & Child Care Search Service!