Child care centers, day care centers and pre-schools are strictly regulated in New York. While there are many day care centers near UB, admission to one may require a waiting period and/or can be very costly.
Most find it helpful to postpone the arrival of their dependents until after arrangements for housing and child care have been made.
The University at Buffalo has two child care centers: one on the South Campus and one on the North Campus.
Please visit the University at Buffalo Child Care Center website for detailed information about admission, rates, hours and their programs.
Another on-campus educational option for young children is the Early Childhood Research Center (ECRC) on UB's North Campus. The ECRC is administered by the Department of Learning & Instruction of UB's Graduate School of Education.
Please visit the ECRC website for more detailed information about enrollment, hours and their different programs.
Unfortunately not. Enrollment at one of the on-campus centers is not guaranteed. There is often a waiting list for the on-campus child care centers, so you may have to find an alternative until a space opens up at one of the on-campus centers.
To find other options for child care near UB, visit Google.com and search for “Child Care Amherst NY". Your search will return a number of child care centers near UB.
Another option is the Child Care Resource Network. Their Referral Department can assist you in locating child care in your area. For more information, visit their website.
If your child will attend a pre-school, child care center or even a kindergarten program, the National Association for the Education of Young Children suggests that you look for signs that your child will be in a healthy child care center environment. Here are some recommended criteria to use in evaluating the centers for children between the ages of two and six.
Your child’s school will be determined by the district in which you will live. To determine your school district, enter your address in the National Center for Educational Statistics website. You should check with the school district in which you reside to find out how to enroll your dependent children.
When you enroll your child in public school, you should bring the following documents with you:
If your children will finish the school day before you return home, or need care before the school day begins, you might consider a “before or after-school program”. Various community organizations coordinate “before or after-school” programs for school age children who require care beyond regular school day hours (approximately 8:00–3:00 p.m.). These programs are often run by your school district. Some programs take place in the schools while others will require that your child be transported to another location for care. Your school district should be able to provide you with information on their before and after-school programs.
Examples: The Town of Amherst Youth Board offers various services in support of children, youth and families living in the Williamsville, Sweet Home and Amherst School Districts. Other possibilities include YMCA’s, church / faith groups, etc.