History and Mission


The Cortland Child Development Day Care Program began operation in 1974 to provide early care and education for the children of parents who work or attend school.

We are a not-for-profit agency, licensed by the State of New York. Our Programs are available to infants through preschoolers and children needing school-age recreational care on a year-round basis, open many of the days our public schools are closed. Enrollment priority is given to children with special challenges.


The Cortland Child Development Centers will provide safe and nurturing environments with opportunities for creative learning:

  • Nurturing supervision will be given to infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children while parents are working or pursuing their own education.
  • A sliding scale, unique to household composition, will encourage accessibility and affordability for the diverse cultures we serve.
  • We will strive to develop community relationships and partnerships with local educational institutions to enrich the experiences for our children and their families.
  • Child Development will provide professional opportunities for those seeking real world experiences in early care and education.