As part of its dedication to quality childcare services for Columbia staff and students, Columbia helps support several local day care centers. This support takes a variety of forms, ranging from scholarships provided through Columbia Community Service to the provision of volunteers and rent-free space. Each of these schools is run by either a parents' board or a board of trustees, and teachers are certified by the Board of Education.
Additionally, each year Columbia invites representatives of University-affiliated childcare centers and other local facilities to share information and answer questions from parents living in the University's neighboring communities.
To view a list of these programs, please view the Child Care & Preschool section (scroll to the bottom of the page) of the Community Programs and Services website.
For more information about specific childcare centers, please contact the Dean of Students Office.
Columbia University provides lactation rooms to support nursing mothers returning to work, school, or campus. Each room offers a clean, secure, and private space for women who need to express breast milk during their time on campus. A list of lactation room locations is available on the Office of Work/Life website.
Office of Work/Life
While the Office of Work/Life works primarily to support faculty, researchers, administration, and staff, its website contains information that may be useful to students who are parents.