All children are prepared for life.


We believe what happens early in life lasts a lifetime and the power to change society lies in transforming the way young children are taught.


We partner with families of diverse backgrounds to nurture the growth and development of their children through inclusive, innovative, high quality care and education. 


University City Children’s Center is a diverse, welcoming early childhood community that respects and nurtures children and families in a culture of trust, love, empathy, compassion, and joy.

Trust.  We instill in children the confidence that we will always be there for them, and we strive to have this same confidence in others.  This trust allows us to enter into interdependent relationships with our school community, our partners, and our friends. 

Love.   We willingly extend ourselves for the sake of others.  We put children first and strive to understand, respect, and support all the members of our school community.

Empathy.   We are intentionally sensitive to the feelings, experiences, and perspectives of children, families, and each other.  Empathy allows us to build a diverse community that is understanding of the needs of others.  

Compassion.  We take action to help meet the needs of our children, our families, and each other.

Joy.  We want our children to experience the wonderful and calming feeling that comes from believing that everything is going to be alright.  Joy is an essential element of an emotionally healthy life, and is established through the alternating experiences of struggle and success that begins at birth.