About Dupree Center for Children

Princeton Theological Seminary is a professional and graduate school affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) whose focus is the education of Christian men and women for ministry in the church and in the world. The Princeton Theological Seminary Dupree Center for Children is managed by Hildebrandt Learning Centers, LLC and is licensed by the State of New Jersey and offers full-day and half-day child care year round for children ages six weeks through pre-kindergarten of students, staff, faculty, administration, and to the outside community.  The Dupree Center for Children is located in the Charlotte Newcombe Center at 400 Emmons Drive at the West Windsor Campus. The Dupree Center for Children hereon in will be referred to as DCC.

PTS has partnered with Hildebrandt Learning Centers, LLC to manage and operate the Center.  Information about Hildbrandt can be found on their web page www.hildebrandtlearningcenters.com/our-centers-1/dupree-center-for-children


Mission Statement

The Dupree Center for Children’s primary goal is to provide loving, safe and stimulating environment where children may explore and enjoy.


We believe that children are active learners from the beginning of life. They construct their understanding of the world through active exploration and involvement in experiences and events. For young children, this happens primarily through what is recognized as play. Play is intrinsically pleasurable to children and allows them to create all kinds of relationships among ideas, events and people. We know that children develop in many important ways when this active approach to learning is respected and nurtured: they develop healthy self-esteem, learn to express themselves, act on their own curiosity, problem-solve and foster meaningful relationships. We encourage children to actively explore their world. We believe that young children learn best in an encouraging and well planned environment that offers appropriate levels of stimulation. This type of environment allows children to act on their curiosity, to test personal theories, to take appropriate risks and to solve problems in ways that work best for them. Another important aspect of our philosophy is creating a classroom environment that reflects an anti-bias perspective, one that supports the development of strong cultural self-identity. This anti-bias focus reflects an effort to help children appreciate diversity in all forms: family structure, culture, ethnicity, age, and ability. Additionally, children are encouraged to begin to develop critical thinking skills about bias and unfair situations.

Our philosophy reflects our belief that both qualified teaching staff and a thoughtfully prepared environment will nurture each child's physical and intellectual development, while creating opportunities to practice the social and emotional skills necessary for living in a complex world.

Age Groupings

PTS Dupree Center for Children offers childcare for children ages three months through pre-kindergarten. The children are cared for in four different age groups.

Infant—children ages 6 weeks to 18 months
Toddler—children ages 18 months to  30 months
Preschool—children ages 30 months to 5 years(Two age groups): First group; 30-48months, Second group; 4-5 years

Enrollment Dates:  Open Enrollment


 Student Rates effective 8-17-15

PTS Employee rates effective 8-17-15

Community rates effective 8-17-15


Center Specific Information

hours, schedule, holidays etc, 


Contact the Dupree Center for children at 609-951-9866 or email the director Bhakti Bhatt at [email protected]  for enrollment information or for any questions.