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Child Care Centers Off Campus

There are plenty of excellent childcare providers throughout Manhattan and the surrounding areas. We try our hardest to make this the most comprehensive list available, but if you know of a provider, or are a provider that is not on this list, please send us an e-mail at jrinner@ksu.edu

College Avenue Early Learning Center

1609 College Avenue
785-539-6885 or e-mail manhattancaitc@sbcglobal.net
Jenette Turpin, Director

Hours and services
  • 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Preschool
    For children 2 1/2 to school age
    Licensed: 15
  • Infant/toddler class
    For children 6 weeks to 2 ½ years
    Licensed: 8 (4 infants/4 toddlers)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack provided
Special features
  • Staff CPR and first aid trained
  • Nutritional snacks and lunch
  • Contract with SRS (Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services)
  • Parent involvement strongly encouraged
  • Follows developmentally appropriate practices

Kinder Care Learning Center

1205 Hylton Heights Road
Lisa Richards, Director

Hours and services
  • 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 6 weeks to 12 years
    Licensed: 92
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided
Special features
  • NAC accredited
  • Before and after school program
  • Staff CPR and first aid trained
  • Transportation to most schools
  • Summer programs for school-aged children
  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for all ages
  • Optional phonics, reading, math, and music enrichment programs available for children

Manhattan Day Care and Learning Centers

121 North 6th, 901 Yuma
785-776-5071 or e-mail manhattandaycare@yahoo.com
Kasey Kile, Executive Director
Connie Birdson, Program Director

Hours and services
  • 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • 18 months to 6 years
    Licensed: 56
  • Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack provided
    (menus developed by highly trained nutrition coordinator)
Special features
  • Trained teachers
  • Priority given to low-income and single parents
  • Contract with SRS
  • Scholarships available
  • All staff trained teachers first aid/CPR/signs of illness/abuse and symptoms
  • Staff receive monthly training in health/safety, curriculum, developmentally appropriate practices  
Special features
  • Cultural meals and books
  • Large care environment/small group size
  • Kid-friendly dress code
  • Staff CPR and first aid trained
  • Field trips
  • SRS approved
  • Army child care program

Head Start/Early Head Start Programs

1700 Leavenworth
Sally Frick, Director
3 to 5 years

Special features
  • Income eligibility requirements
  • Developmentally appropriate program
  • Inclusionary/special needs children
  • Strong literacy program
  • Parent involvement encouraged and welcomed

Hope Lutheran Early Learning Center

3560 Dempsey Road
785-587-9400 or e-mail manhattanhope@hotmail.com
Jessica Mantey, Director 

Hours and services
  • 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Infant to preschool age (5 years)
    Licensed: 60
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided
Special features
  • Safe, secure, and clean
  • Experienced and educated teachers
  • Preparing children for the next level
  • Encouraging growth in all aspects of learning
  • Providing appropriate, yet loving boundaries
  • Affordable
  • Providing home-cooked meals
  • Staff CPR and first aid trained

Oak Grove School

3115 Dickens Avenue
785-539-7910 or e-mail oakgroveschoolonline@sbcglobal.net
Lakshmi Ramaswamy, Director 

Hours and services
  • 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 2 ½  to 6 years (Must be potty trained)
    Licensed: 28
  • Nutritional and multicultural snacks and lunch provided
Special features
  • Parent-run, not-for-profit founded in 1991
  • Contract with SRS
  • Experienced and trained teachers
  • First aid and CPR certified teachers
  • Low teacher-child ratios
  • Spanish, sign, and other languages taught
  • Creative art, literature, and verbal exploration
  • Nature and science investigation
  • Pottery projects twice a year
  • Partners with the Beach Museum of Art
  • Swimming lessons at CICO Park for 5 years and up

BEBE Language Academy, Inc

2605 Allison Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502
(785) 320-7101


Creche and The Cradle at Creche

2024 Vanesta Place
Manhattan, KS 66503
(785) 539-7000


In-Home Daycare

*Always be sure to review an In-Home daycare providers daycare license before enrolling your child.

Cultural Enrichment Academy

801 Yuma Street
Manhattan, KS 66502
(785) 537-7885
Ages 18 Months to 6 Years

After School and Summer Programs

Cool Care Club

2121 Blue Hills Road
Manhattan, KS 66503
(785) 341-5290
Ages: 5 to 14 Years