Child Care Centers Off Campus

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
785-539-7540
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   

The Cultural Enrichment Academy

801 Yuma Street
785-537-7885 or e-mail dcaldwel@ksu.edu
Diana Caldwell, Director

Hours and services
  • 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Full-time, five days a week
  • 2 to 5 years 
    Licensed: 12
  • Full-day program includes two meals and two snacks
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
785-587-2045
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