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Child Care Options at DU

Important information about these providers and services (Disclaimer)

Although the information concerning services and providers on website are presented in good faith and believed to be trustworthy, the University of Denver (Colorado Seminary) makes no representations or warranties as to the quality or reliability of those services or providers.

The University of Denver is not recommending or advising that you use any of these services or providers.  You should make your own determination as to the suitability of these providers prior to using them. The University of Denver cannot be responsible for damages of any nature whatsoever resulting from the use of or reliance upon the information provided above.

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Childcare at DU

The Fisher Early Learning Center
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The Fisher Early Learning Center provides an innovative and creative model of early childhood education. A partner with The College of Education at The University of Denver, Fisher serves families with children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age.

Highly qualified and experienced teachers implement the “Read, Play, and Learn!” curriculum which is based on research about how children learn, develop, and play. The emphasis is on literacy development through an interdisciplinary approach that integrates art, music, movement, dramatic play, science, math, literacy, sensory and motor play experiences throughout each day. Children’s storybooks serve as the basis for play, interaction, and learning opportunities in a language rich environment.

At Fisher, families and teachers have strong relationships based on mutual respect and trust. Children develop secure attachments to teachers within this safe, nurturing, and stimulating framework of extended relationships.

Fisher serves families from both The University of Denver and the community. The inclusive program welcomes children of diverse backgrounds and all abilities. Explore the Fisher Early Learning Center website for detailed information. If you have any questions please contact the Enrollment Coordinator, Ms. Kim Hyder, at kimberly.hyder@du.edu or call 303-871-2723.

Employ a student Nanny

If you are seeking a babysitter or nanny, you can post a job description on the University of Denver student employment web. For information about posting a job, visit here>>. To view a list of current postings, visit here>>.

The Ricks Center for Gifted children

Also at the University of Denver, the Ricks Center for Gifted Children delivers specialized instruction for Early Childhood Education students and older students (kindergarten through 8th grade). The curriculum at the Ricks Center is designed to address the whole child, including his or her emotional, intellectual, aesthetic, physical and social needs. While many programs offer students personal attention, the Ricks Center offers a differentiated education tailored to each student in the context of a community built around an intellectual peer group.

QUALISTAR: CHILD CARE IN THE METRO DENVER AREA

Qualistar Early Learning is the child care resource and referral network for the state of Colorado. The network consists of 15 agencies throughout the state that assist parents, child care providers, and their local communities. Qualistar's Child Care Resource and Referral Network provides guidance by phone, through workshops, newsletters, and in person to parents interested in local child care providers, information on state licensing requirements, and the availability of child care subsidies.

In July, 2005, Qualistar launched a new 1-877-388-CARE (2273) phone line, which provides a direct, one-stop source for Colorado parents to reach their local Child Care Resource and Referral office.

The Child Care Resource and Referral Network annually provides more than 22,000 Colorado parents with detailed information about the child care available in their local community. By phone, or online, Colorado parents can access information about locations, Qualistar Ratings, costs, hours of operation, care philosophies, and much more. Visit the Qualistar website>>

KIDSTOWN DROP-IN CHILD CARE CENTERS

KidsTown Drop-In Child Care Centers are committed to providing licensed, highly qualified, clean and safe child care centers for families in Colorado. The centers are licensed to accept children between the ages of 12 months and 12 years.

The KidsTown philosophy is to provide a safe and secure environment, while providing children with a fun, exciting, and entertaining place to visit. They strive to make each visit a new and positive experience, where children learn new skills, play with new toys, participate in group games and circle time activities, create art projects, and interact socially with other children. These activities are scheduled throughout the day to encourage learning in new areas and to provide children with additional social, physical and cognitive development.

Many KidsTown locations provide a structured Preschool Program, with no special enrollment or commitment. All locations have separate activities for older children, including games and books, and an area where they can play a variety of video games or watch movies.

KidsTown currently has locations in Parker, Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Broomfield, Castle Rock, and Fort Collins. For more information and rates, visit the KidsTown website>>

AFTER-SCHOOL AND HOLIDAY CARE FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN

For information about after-school and holiday care for school-age children, visit our Information for Parents of School-Age Children page>>

LACTATION ROOMS AVAILABLE

A lactation room and a breast pump are available in the Mary Reed Building. For information about locations and scheduling, please contact the Human Resources Reception Desk, 303-871-7420, hr@du.edu.

A lactation room is available in Sturm Hall, room 404. This room is equipped with a small refrigerator, open electrical outlets for breast pumps and other devices, and a comfortable chair. If you would like access to this room, please contact the Front Desk in the AHSS Dean's suite room 457 or  call 303-871-4460. This office will issue you a key for the duration of your need. Please note that since more than one person may have a key at any given time, we will have an "occupied" sign available that those using the room may wish to place on the door knob.

Photograph generously provided by the Milestones Project