Hostos Community College Children’s Center, Inc

Since 1983, Hostos Children’s Center has proudly served as a campus-based childcare provider who services the early childhood educational needs of children. To support Hostos Community College in retaining and graduating student parents we offer child care at an affordable rate. Hostos Community College Children’s Center, Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization and is licensed by the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). The mission of Hostos Children’s Center is to offer Hostos Community College student-parents and the campus community with access to a safe, nurturing, affordable, high quality—educational learning environment for their children.

Hostos Care (childcare) is available year-round (Fall semester through Summer I) to enrolled HCC student-parents, and the campus community. Hostos Care consists of three components: Preschool Program (Age 2), 3K for All and Pre-K For All (UPK). All of the children in our programs are developed by way of the Creative curriculum. The bilingual editions of the Creative Curriculum assist Hostos Children’s Center providing a safe, caring, bilingual education and supportive environment for children. Cultural diversity, first and second language acquisition, and age appropriate practices are viewed as the foundation blueprint in meeting the educational, social, emotional, and physical needs of children and their communities.

Enrollment is based on DOHMH Article 47 and NYC Department of Education requirements. Hostos Children’s Center has a total of seven (7) classrooms and is licensed to serve up to 120 children ages 2 - 4 years old. Enrollment is contingent on the order of the initial requests and available slots. All children are eligible for enrollment regardless of sex, race, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin or ancestry.

Registration—anyone interested in enrolling their child must stop by the Hostos Children’s Center to obtain an application or email The registration period is from February - April for the upcoming school year which begins in the fall semester. If a parent is applying after April, more than likely they will be placed on the waitlist. To expedite the registration process parents should have the following items prepared for submission:

  • Child’s Current Immunization Record

  • Child’s Birth Certificate

  • Child’s Social Security Card

  • Parent’s Social Security Card

  • Parent’s Current Government Issued Photo ID

  • (Driver’s License, State ID, Passport/Visa, ID NYC, Green Card, or Permanent Residency Card

  • Two current Proofs of Parent’s Residency (ID with address can serve as one proof, Official College Transcript with College ID, Pay Stub, Income Tax, Health Insurance Card with address printed, Utility Bill, Lease, Insurance Policy, etc.)

  • Household Income Verification (Current Income Tax, Pay Stub, Child Support Letter, etc.)

Hostos Community College Children’s Center, Inc., is a participant of the New York State Department of Health’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) program. CACFP is a nutrition education and meal reimbursement program helping providers serve nutritious and safely prepared meals and snacks to children and adults in daycare settings. For no additional costs meals (breakfast, lunch, snack) are included based on the child care schedule. Hostos Community College Children’s Center, Inc., is an equal opportunity provider.

For more information, contact:

Shavon Ford, Executive Director

Building A, A109

Telephone: (718) 518-4176