Early Learning Center
A New York State Licensed Child Care Facility
Early Learning Center Philosophy
In caring for your child, the St. John Fisher College Early Learning Center focuses on all aspects of a child's growth and developmental patterns: physical, intellectual, social and emotional. The Center provides a caring environment where a child can grow through play activities and social interaction with other children. Equipped for a variety of activities, your child's experience will be one of satisfaction and enrichment. Experienced teachers provide nurturing and guidance.
Enrollment at the Early Learning Center
The St. John Fisher College Early Learning Center is licensed by the New York State Department of Social Services. The Center primarily serves children of St. John Fisher College students, faculty, and staff. General community enrollment is accepted on a space-available basis. Children may register for half days or full days. All children enrolled in the Center must have a doctor's health form and an emergency information card completed before the first day the child attends.
To attend the "toddlers" group, children must be at least 18 months old. The pre-school/kindergarten group will accept children three through six years old. Maximum enrollment is 54 children.
An after school program is available with bus service from school within the Pittsford Central School District.
Administration of the Early Learning Center
The Center is staffed by a director, an educational coordinator and teachers who meet New York State requirements for child care providers. They, as well as the teaching assistants, have experience in caring for toddlers and young children. Fisher students with courses in child-related areas are assigned as teaching aids. The staff-child ratio for the pre-school group is about 1:7. The toddler group ratio is 1:5. In addition to the regular staff, nursing, psychology and education students may bring special projects to the Center and come to observe young children in play.
The Center is administered by the Director of the Early Learning Center in cooperation with the Director of Auxiliary Programs at St. John Fisher College. An advisory board, including parents and other College representatives, assists in the development of the programs and policies.
The St. John Fisher College Early Learning Center is located in Murphy Hall, which is across Fairport Road from the main campus. This location provides grassy, open spaces for play and wooded areas for nature walks.
Hours of Operation
The Center operates on a full-time basis from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A pre-school program is available to all children attending the Center from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.