Kids on Campus!

The IUPUI Center for Young Children (CYC) is located on campus in downtown Indianapolis, and provides childcare and early childhood education for the University and Indianapolis communities. The center is part of the 4th largest university campus in Indiana, and provides a distinct opportunity for children and staff. 

During the summer, the multi-age and STEM classrooms (ages 3-5) walk to the IU Natatorium, the largest aquatic facility in the United States, for weekly swim lessons. 

In the fall and spring semesters, several classrooms have partnered with campus departments — such as Med School, Geology, Engineering, Dental School, Environmental Science, Architecture and Herron School of Art — to offer children a unique opportunity to explore many different hands-on activities, experiences and interactions. 

All throughout the year, classrooms often take walks around the beautiful IUPUI campus, including buggy rides with infants. 

 The Indianapolis Zoo, a neighboring sponsor, provides field trip opportunities. Another sponsor, Blocks Rock, provides competitive educational games for the classrooms. These games use structured block play that builds STEM learning skills. 

Preschool Curriculum

The teachers and staff at CYC believe that children learn through play, hands-on activities, experiences and interaction with their environment. In fact, research has shown that all children are innately curious and eager to explore the world around them. CYC provides a setting in which children can wonder, solve, learn and grow, and they strive to strengthen the potential of all children within their care through the guidance and encouragement of experienced and professional teachers. 

The overall objective of the curriculum at CYC is designed to promote independence, self-esteem, confidence and critical thinking skills, providing the foundations for continued intellectual and academic growth. This has been the mission and purpose of the school since 1979. Though the school has evolved since then, CYC remains resolute in the mission to provide the best care and early childhood education for IUPUI and the Indianapolis community.

School Details

CYC offers year-round programs for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. They are licensed to accept CCDF and On-My-Way Pre-K program vouchers.

CYC is also hiring! They offer full-time opportunities for early childhood educators with incredible benefits, including college tuition subsidy per semester for employee, spouse and dependent children.  

To learn more about the opportunities for children or staff at the Center for Young Children, call 317-274-3508.

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