The University of Illinois at Chicago offers child care to faculty, staff, and students at the Children’s Center, which is located on the west side of campus. The Children’s Center provides full-day early childhood education services to 50 preschool children. The children range in age from two years nine months to six years. All children must be toilet trained.
As well as providing high quality, developmentally appropriate, full-day preschool services, the Children’s Center serves as a demonstration site for the constructivist early childhood curriculum developed by former UIC professors Constance Kamii and Rheta DeVries and based upon the theory of Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget. The Children’s Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.