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Child Care

The following list is meant to be illustrative rather than exhaustive; while the programs listed below are popular among Notre Dame families, some may not be affordable for some student families.  Much of this information was first compiled here by Women in Arts and Letters

Early Learning Options

  • The ECDC at Notre Dame accepts children from 2-6 years old during the school year, and 2 1/2-9 years of age during the summer. Fees are based on income. Programs fill up quickly, and there is often a waiting list.  The ECDC at Notre Dame is only open to families affiliated with Notre Dame (students, staff, faculty, alumni) while the ECDC at Saint Mary's is open to the public.
  • Growing Kids Learning Centers, offers childcare and early childhood education for infants (6 weeks) through to kindergarten.
  • The Montessori Center is for students between the ages of 2 1/2 and 6 years.
  • The Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes offers programs for children 18 months through to 14 years.
  • Friends School & Day Care is close to the Notre Dame campus and serves infants (8 weeks) through to kindergarten.
  • The Child Development Center at IUSB offers preschool and kindergarten program and summer camps for school aged children up to 12 years old.
  • The East Bank Learning Center, near Madison Center, takes children ages 1 through Kindergarten.
  • Little Bird Preschool is a small play-based preschool for ages 2-6, potty learners and cloth diapers welcome.  They have a home-based environment and combine elements of Montessori and Waldorf philosophies. 

Other Child Care Options

  • If you are a resident at The University Village, try posting on the barter board for occasional help or consider joining a child care co-op and swap babysitting with neighbors!
  • Check out the Notre Dame Off-Campus Jobs Childcare Listing, and create a job posting detailing the specific work and qualifications you desire. You can post/remove employment opportunities on the Student Employment JOBboard.
    • To post a job:
      • Locate the Employer Resources section, select the Online Job Posting Form link, complete the template, submit request
    • To remove a job:
      • Locate the Employer Resources section, select the Online Job Removal Form link, complete the template, submit request
  • Community Coordinated Childcare advocates for quality childcare programs and provides free information and referrals on childcare options in the South Bend area.
  • Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral - Another good resource for locating childcare resources in the larger South Bend community.  
  • The LifeWorks program of Notre Dame’s Office of Human Resources provides an online childcare locator and referral service; after consulting the online resource, families may contact the LifeWorks research staff at (888-267-8126) for provider profiles and additional information. The LifeWorks user ID is “notredame”; the password is “gond.”
  • Online childcare locators, such as SitterCity, based in Chicago, and A Nanny on the Net with offices here in Michiana, can be useful sources for finding babysitters, nannies, and other household help.