UPC's Children's Center is open all year, and children stay together as a class for the entire school year (August through May.) The qualified, nurturing and experienced staff has a long average tenure of more than 12 years, and provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum. UPCC has been NAEYC accredited continually since 1987. In 2017, the “Explorers’ Backyard (preschool age outdoor space) received recognition as a Nature Explore Certified Outdoor Classroom (https://certified.natureexplore.org/university-presbyterian-childrens-center/).
UPCC serves infants, toddlers and preschoolers (from 7 ½ months through age 5), Monday - Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with part-time and full-time care options.
Every class features low teacher-child ratios and small group sizes, and uses nature-inspired infant/toddler and preschool playgrounds. Children also experience music, motor skills, Spanish and spiritual enrichment activities, and the Center often hosts special community visitors and events
Specifically, the children's spiritual formation is enhanced through:
- Themes emphasizing caring for and acceptance of others;
- Prayers at snack time and lunch;
- The observation of some Christian celebrations,
- Spiritual Enrichment for the preschool age groups; the bi-monthly time with the Pastor or Director of Christian Education includes singing, sharing of celebrations and joys, and faith-related stories drawn from the Judeo-Christian resources of the Bible emphasizing God's love, followed by a brief prayer of thanksgiving.