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University Child Care Centre (UCCC)

The University Child Care Centre Society currently has two locations at the U of C: one located on Main Campus between Scurfield Hall and the Biological Sciences Building and the other on West Campus, across from the Alberta Children's Hospital. The UCCC is a not-for-profit charitable organization governed by a Board of Directors. Six of these Board members are U of C Board of Governor appointed representatives, four are elected parent representatives, one is a Student’s Union representative and one is a Graduate Student representative. The UCCC’s Executive Director reports to the Board. Each centre has a Leadership Team which includes a Program Director and a Program Co-ordinator. Both of our centres are licensed, monitored and regulated by both Alberta Human Services Child development branch and Alberta Environmental Health. UCCC strives for excellence and high quality early childhood care, education and development and therefore maintains voluntary “accredited” status through Alberta Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services (AELCS).

Mandate:
Our mandate is to provide and promote childcare services and early childhood education and development for the children of students, faculty and staff that make up the University of Calgary community.

Mission Statement:
To enrich the lives of our UCCC Society family by celebrating and building a foundation of excellence in early care and life-long learning.

Vision Statement:
UCCC – leaders in early learning and care; *Dynamic for children *Empowering for staff *Partnering with families.

Philosophy:
At the UCCC we believe that play is imperative during the early years of life. This belief is the basis of our emergent curriculum that focuses on the children’s interests, abilities and learning styles. Our goal is to provide an exemplary inclusive program that supports and encourages the unique potential within each child. We do this by promoting the natural process of play in an enriched setting that provides optimal conditions for each child to grow at their own pace.

Hours of Operation:
The Centre is open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. UCCC Society closes on all days that the U of C ceases regular operation. We are closed on all U of C holidays, statutory holidays, two professional development days per year (which take place during student reading weeks in February and November) as well as the U of C assigned “floater days” that occur during the week between Christmas and New Year, with a traditional early closure on Christmas Eve.

Waitlist and Admission to UCCC Society:
Applicants are prioritized within each age group on the basis of their waiting list application date. At our Main Campus location the order of priority placement is first given to University of Calgary full-time students followed by University of Calgary faculty, and staff, with the exception of children who have a sibling attending the UCCC Society, in which case sibling placement takes priority. At our West Campus location, staff and faculty have priority over full-time students. To be on our waiting list you must turn in a completed waiting list application form accompanied by a non-refundable registration fee and confirmation or your University affiliation. Being placed on the waitlist does NOT guarantee you a spot at the centre. On average, most children are on the waitlist 1 to 3 years.

Kindergarten at UCCC:
UCCC is proud to offer a private kindergarten program delivered from our West Campus site. The kindergarten curriculum is mandated by Alberta Education and is taught by a certified teacher. We currently offer both morning and afternoon classes with a maximum of 19 students in each class. Full-time child care is included in the kindergarten monthly fee. Our enhanced kindergarten classes include numerous field trips, community connections and the delivery of additional on-site programs such as yoga, music, Fit Kids, and Seeds of Empathy.

For more information on The University Child Care Centre Society please visit our website at:

Website: http://www.ucalgary.ca/uccc
Information and Inquiry line: 403.220.3303
Email: waitlist@ucalgary.ca