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 licensed by the State of New Jersey and offers full-day and half-day child care, September through June, and a summer session from July through August, for children ages three months through pre-kindergarten of students, staff, faculty, administration, and visitors to the Center of Continuing Education. Children from outside of the PTS Community may be accepted depending on availability.

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.

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 3 months to 12 months
Young Toddler—children ages 12months to 24 months
Older Toddler—children ages 24 months to 36 months
Preschool—children ages 3 years to 4 years
Pre-K—children ages 4 years to pre-kindergarten

October 1 determines the age group for your child. There are no exceptions.

Children do not change age groups until the start of a new academic year

Enrollment Dates

Enrollment dates for Summer 2011 and Academic Year 2011-12 are:

Returning children currently enrolled - February 26, 2011

New children of Students/Employees -  March 1, 2011

New children of Public - April 1, 2011


 Student Rates 2010-11 

 Employee Rates 2010-11 

 Public Rates 2010-11 


Applications for Summer 2011 and Academic Year 2011-12 will be available Feb. 1

  Student/Employee Summer 2010 

  Student/Employee Academic Year 2010-11  


 Public Summer 2010 

 Public Academic Year 2010-11 


Yearly Calendar


Summer Session 2010

July 1, 2010 through  September 3, 2010.

Academic Year 2010-11

September 13, 2010, through June 30, 2011



The DCC follows the working calendar of the Seminary, not necessarily the academic calendar. The DCC is closed on the following days for 2009/10 (dates may be subject to change).



Labor Day* September 7, 2009

Teacher in-service* September 8-11, 2009

Staff Development November 19-20, 2009

School Starts @ DCC September 14, 2009

Thanksgiving* November 26-27, 2009

Staff Christmas Party TBD

Christmas Break* December 24 - January 3, 2010



MLK Day* January 18, 2010

Staff Development* February 15, 2010

Good Friday* April 2, 2010

Memorial Day* May 31, 2010

Staff Development* September 7-11, 2010




Daily Hours


Full Day

Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Friday, 8:00a.m.-2:00 p.m. for full-day


Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m.-12:45 p.m. for half -day

**Note for Half day sessions:  If you pick your child up by 12 noon you do not need to pack your child a lunch.

Afternoon sessions are only available when your child is enrolled in the morning session that same day.

Parents should not arrive before 8:00am and must pick up no later than 12 noon for half day enrollments or 5:00pm for full-day enrollments.

Academic Year

The DCC is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. for full-day and half-day child care.

Morning sessions: 7:30 a.m.–12:00 noon

Full-Day sessions: 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Afternoon sessions are only available when your child is enrolled in the morning session that same day.

Parents should not arrive before 7:30am and must pick up no later than 12 noon for half day enrollments or 5:30pm for full-day enrollments.

For detailed information about the program see   Parent Handbook    

Contact the Office of Housing and Auxiliary Services, 609.497.7730, or email for more information or any questions.