The Campus and Community Children’s Center – SUNY Fredonia

In September 1974, the Campus and Community Children's Center (CCCC) at SUNY Fredonia opened its doors to 25 preschoolers. Today, enrollment has reached between 125-150 children each week for the four programs that the center maintains.

The center operates both early childhood and school age programs at four sites; the Early Care and Education Program is held in house in a free standing building adjacent to the campus. The Summer Day Camp is operated out of Thompson Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus. The UPK Extension Program, Before School, After School Club, and Holiday Programs are ran out of the Fredonia Central Schools main campus.

Since 1974 CCCC’s operation has served as a model program for all of Chautauqua County. Besides providing quality child care, the non-profit organization is a highly successful small business and serves both the campus and community. It is a training site for both SUNY Fredonia's student field experiences and Jamestown Community College students. CCCC partners with the local Child Care Council, Success By Six, and the Chautauqua County Association for the Education of Young Children.

A long time leader in the early childhood field, CCCC was the first center in the Labor Management network and one of the first centers in the SUNY system to receive national accreditation from the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This program was developed to assure high standards in early childhood programs. CCCC has been accredited continually since 1990.

In 2003, the center’s School Age Programs earned NSACA accreditation (National School Age Care Alliance, which is now the National After School Association- NAA). This accreditation represents national recognition for the quality school age programming provided through the center. CCCC is the first school age program in all of Western New York to earn this accreditation.

The center operates on "blended funding.” This includes parents' fees, which are the primary revenue source, and SUNY grant money for student families. In addition, the New York State Labor Management Child Care Advisory Committee, which represents the major NYS unions, provides grant money for state employees while the center's school age programs for 5-12 year olds are supported by the Northern Chautauqua County United Way.

These funders mandate that CCCC’s early care and education program serves SUNY students, faculty and staff needs, as well as those of other state employees in its Early Care and Education Program for infants-5 year olds. However, about 40-50 percent of our slots serve the community at large. School age programs are available to all families on a first come, first served basis.

Campus and Community Children's Center, is administered with attention to the needs of its children, parents and staff. The programs are developmentally appropriate and are staffed by adults who understand child development and are committed to professional development.

The center's continuous growth is credited to the extraordinary collaboration and cooperation of so many since 1974. Our growth confirms that it takes a community of caring, concerned individuals to provide the necessary support systems that allow for development.