Life in Buffalo
Child Care And Public Schooling
Information for International Students, Scholars and Employees with Children
Child care centers, “day care” centers and pre-schools are established settings that, in New York, are strictly regulated by the State. While there are many day care centers and preschools near the University at Buffalo, admission to a day care center may require a waiting period and/or can be very costly. As a result, most students and scholars find it helpful to postpone the arrival of their dependents until after arrangements for housing and child care have been made.
What is Child Care like in New York State?
Does the University at Buffalo offer child care?
Since I will be a student / scholar at UB, is my child guaranteed enrollment in one of the on-campus Child Care Centers or the ECRC?
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.
How much does the on-campus child care cost?
UB’s Child Care Centers (2010-2011 rates)
Infant: $229 per week
Toddler: $209 per week
Pre-school: $200 per week
ECRC (2010-2011 rates)
$300 per 3 hours per day/semester (e.g. tuition for a child who attends every Monday, Wednesday, Friday in the morning is $900/semester)
How can I find other child care options near my home or near the University at Buffalo?
To find other options for child care near the University at Buffalo, 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: www.wnychildren.org/
What are some tips for choosing Child Care?
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.
Signs of a positive setting include:
What if my children are ages 5 & older?
How can I enroll my child / children in public school?
Your child’s school will be determined by the district in which you will live. You should check with the school district in which you reside to find out how to enroll your dependent children.
What type of documents should I bring from home that will help when enrolling my child in school?
When you enroll your child in public school, you should bring the following documents with you:
Are there any additional programs and services available for my school-age children?
Various community organizations coordinate “after-school” programs for school age children who require care beyond regular school day hours (approximately 7:30 – 3:00 p.m.). If your children will finish the school day before you return home, you might consider after-school programs for them. Generally, these services are available to your children, depending upon the school district in which you live.
Examples: The Town of Amherst Youth Board offers various services in support of children, youth, and families living in the Williamsville, Sweet Home & Amherst School Districts. The ECRC at UB offers enrichment programs two evenings per week from 4:00-7:00 p.m. during the academic year. This program is for children ages 4 to 8 years of age. Other possibilities include YMCA’s, church / faith groups, etc.