Cayuga Child Care Center Expanding Available Programs

To help local school districts and families, the Cayuga Community College Child Care Center is alleviating the ongoing child care shortage by opening a second location this fall.

As area school districts and families adapt to their respective fall academic plans, the Center has opened an additional childcare location at Cayuga’s Auburn Campus. The Center was previously located on the Auburn Campus before the Child Care Center opened the Wall Street location in the fall of 2019.

“We realize that childcare is a huge hurdle for working families when school is not in session every day, and we wanted to do everything we could to help families during this difficult time,” said Child Care Center Director Amanda Gould. “We have appropriate health measures in place to safely open the second location to more students and help meet the demand for child care in our area.”

Both child care locations include extensive health and safety measures to protect children, families and staff. Temperature screenings are conducted prior to entering either facility, and only students with temperatures less than 100 degrees are allowed entry. No parents are allowed to enter either facility.

Staff monitor students’ health, and will contact the parents of any child exhibiting symptoms to request that parents pick-up their child from the facility. All employees and children 2 years of age or older must wear face masks. Cleaning measures have also increased.

The Center on Wall Street will offer programming for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, and has three infant classrooms, two toddler classrooms, two classrooms for 3-year-olds and two classrooms for Universal Pre-Kindergarten students. Hours of operation for the Wall Street location are 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The child care service located at Cayuga’s Auburn Campus has four classrooms for students ranging from kindergarten through 7th grade. Instructional components will be provided to help with students’ distance learning needs. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Gould noted that the additional location is already close to maximum capacity, and urged parents and guardians to contact the Center soon about availability. Parents and guardians can also add children’s names to the waitlist.

For more information about the Child Care Center or to contact them about enrolling your child, visit https://www.cayuga-cc.edu/students/childcare/ or call 315-294-8603.