University Children's Center


446 East Ontario
Chicago, IL 60611

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The University Children’s Center, located near the Chicago campus, provides priority enrollment and reduced tuition rates for University faculty, staff and students. Northwestern University has partnered with Children’s Creative Learning Center® (CCLC), part of the KinderCare Education family, to provide a customized child care benefit that promotes a balanced work/life culture at the University.

University Children's Center Information pdf icon (pdf)

Center Programs

The Center provides a stimulating and caring environment designed to promote social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. University Children’s Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and received a score of 100% in the areas of Relationships, Assessment, Health, Teachers, Families and Community Relationships. The teachers at UCC are highly trained, committed and dedicated individuals who truly enjoy working in the field of early childhood education.  

  • The center provides care for children six weeks to five years. 
  • Open 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. 
  • Program endorsed as Eco-Healthy. 
  • Early Foundations Curriculum
  • For more information about the University Children’s Center, schedule a visit or speak with the director at 312-867-7056. 

What Parents Say about the University Children’s Center pdf icon (pdf)


  • Complete and return the Designation Form pdf icon (pdf) to be considered for NU priority enrollment.  
  • Registration and wait list paperwork must be returned directly to the center along with applicable fees. Completion of the wait list application does not guarantee center enrollment. 

Fee Assistance

Visit the Fee Assistance page for more information

Fee Assistance Application pdf icon (pdf)

Contact the Office of Work/Life & Family Resources for more information.

The Northwestern University Office of Work/Life Resources does not endorse or recommend any particular school or child care center and encourages all parents to carefully evaluate any provider they are considering to care for their child.