Does ACC have a childcare center?

Yes. The ACC Child Development Center provides high quality, flexible, moderately priced childcare services for ACC students, staff, faculty and the community on a space available basis.

Do you accept drop-ins?

No.  Children must be currently enrolled at the center to attend. We are not licensed for drop-in child care.

Do you have care options for the evenings or weekends?

No, we are open 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

How old do children have to be to attend the ACC Child Development Center?

Children must be at least 18 months old at time of start date. We accept children in or out of diapers. We provide school age care (Kindergarten to age 8) during summer only.

Does my child need to be potty-trained in order to attend the ACC Child Development Center?

No, your child does not need to be potty-trained. You will need to provide diapers and wipes for your child as well as extra clothing. We will work with you during the potty-training process.

Do children have a nap time?

Children have a nap/rest period daily after lunch time. Children who attend a full day are required to rest for a certain period. Non-nappers and early risers have the opportunity to engage in quiet activities.

Do you do preschool as well as child care?

Yes, we incorporate learning all throughout the day. The majority of the planned learning experiences happen during the morning hours so we ask that children are here by 9:00 a.m. Learning activities are linked to the Creative Curriculum Learning Objectives.

Do I have to pay extra for lunch and snacks?

No, lunch and morning and afternoon snacks are included in the price of your tuition. We participate in the Colorado Adult Child Food Program so we serve 2/3rds of a child’s daily nutritional needs. Meals are served family style and weekly menus are posted in each classroom.

Do you offer any type of financial assistance?

Yes. We have many different opportunities for financial assistance. Stipend applications are available at the Center and are awarded in the Fall. Stipend awards are limited in number so early application is recommended. See CDC Details for more information.

Do you have a waiting list?

Yes. We start a new waiting list every semester. For details, contact the Child Development Center office at 303.797.5678.

How will I know if my child is accepted?

Children who are currently enrolled have seniority over new applicants; new applicants are accepted based on the age of the child, and the room available in the classroom. A certain number of slots are full-time only. Waiting lists are usually started 2-3 months before the beginning of a semester. Class placements for the Fall semester begins in July, Spring semester begins in November, and Summer semester begins in April.

What is a NAEYC Accreditation?

NAEYC is the National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC administers the largest and most widely recognized accreditation system for all types of early childhood programs and child care centers. Early childhood programs accredited by NAEYC have voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study and improvement. Each NAEYC-accredited program must meet all 10 of the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. For more information about the standards and NAEYC Accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org/accreditation.