Children are an integral part of the Princeton Theological Seminary community! Located at the Charlotte Rachel Wilson (CRW) campus, the Dupree Center for Children 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 managed by Bright Horizons and is licensed by the State of New Jersey.
At Dupree, we are not just a "day care" center as we recognize how important beginnings are in each child's development and to each family. We provide a safe, nurturing and engaging environment where your child can learn and develop to their full potential. Our teachers are dedicated and skilled professionals who love what they do. Our family partnerships and parent events ensure that all families are a part of their child's growth and learning. We have a total of 3 classrooms, infant/toddler and preschool playgrounds, and a close-knit community feel that we are extremely proud of. Watch the video below and explore the Dupree Center website to learn more!
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.