If you have school aged children, the Greater Binghamton area has many great public schools. Classes are held Monday through Friday, September through June, following the school district calendar.
Many local schools have Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) for 4 year olds that is free. Kindergarten entrance age (Birthday cut off date) for grades is December 1.
There are several options for daycare in the area for children who are 5 years old and younger. A great resource to get you started is the Family Enrichment Network Child Care Referral and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
- Campus Pre-School & Early Childhood Center at Binghamton University for children 18 months and over. BU Students have highest priority to get into this center. Get on the waiting list as soon as possible.
- Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Center (ECC) is located near the university in Vestal for children 6 weeks and up. Get on the waiting list as soon as possible.
- Many parents in our group have used the Head Start and UPK programs offered at the Family Enrichment Network in Johnson City.
This fund is for currently-enrolled graduate students with preschool-aged children attending a licensed daycare center (on-campus or off-campus). To be eligible, children must have been born before the start of the current semester, and not turn 6 before the semester ends. Amount of award will be determined by the number of eligible children who apply, to a maximum of $150/semester.