Child Care

Child care

The William Mallory Early Learning Center provides outstanding childcare on Cincinnati State’s campus while serving as a learning lab for Cincinnati State students—particularly those in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECE) programs. We accept enrollment applications for any child. Priority is given to children of currently enrolled students and staff of the college.

Students in the ECE programs get hands-on experience at the center, which serves as a practicum and internship site. In turn, children enrolled in the center get first-class care and stimulating educational opportunities, provided by the center’s employees and students.


The Mallory Center daytime program is designed for children ages three months to five years who are not yet eligible for kindergarten. This is a full-time, year-round program operates Monday through Friday, 7 am to 5:30 pm.

The program is designed to allow each child to succeed, therefore boosting self-esteem. Pre-reading, math, science, art, and large muscle activities are offered daily. Lesson plans are prepared weekly and are posted in each classroom. The preschool classrooms also offer Head Start Enhancement.

The Center operates a summer program in conjunction with the daytime program for children five to 10 years of age.


Children are grouped by age and developmental level. To assure quality care, the following teacher/child ratios are maintained at all times:

1:4 Infants 3 months to 18 months - Butterfly Room
1:5 Toddlers 18 months to 3 years - Busy Bee Room
1:7 Preschoolers 2 1/2 years to 4 years - Teddy Bear Room
1:10 Preschoolers 4 years to 5 years - Sunshine Room
1:15 School Age 5 years to 10 years - Little Rascal Room


The Mallory Center serves breakfast, lunch, and snack, thus supplying two-thirds of a child’s daily needs.
Menus are posted regularly on the center’s parent bulletin board.

Parent Involvement

Parents are welcome and encouraged to visit their children at any time. There are observation booths for most of the classrooms if parents wish to observe without being seen. Parents are also welcome to help in the classroom: reading books, eating lunch, or going on field trips.


All teachers at the Mallory Center have achieved at least a high school diploma, and all lead teachers have some type of formalized training, including an associate’s degrees in Early Childhood Education or a Bachelor’s Degree in the Education field, or are working towards that goal. Teachers also have training in CPR, first aid, common childhood illnesses, and child abuse recognition. All staff and volunteers have been fingerprinted and have had a complete background check.


The cost of attending the Mallory Center is as follows:

Daytime Program

Infants 3 months to 18 months - $213/week
Toddlers 18 months to 3 years - $187/week
Preschoolers 3 years to 5 years - $159/week

Summer Program

School Age 5 years to 10 years - $106/week

Tuition assistance is available to eligible applicants through the following sources:

Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services 513-946-1800
Butler County Department of Job and Family Services 513-887-4054
Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services 513-732-7136
Kenton County Department of Job and Family Services 859-292-6340

Licensing and Accreditation

The Mallory Center is licensed by the City of Cincinnati’s Department of Health and the State of Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services.

The Mallory Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This voluntary achievement was initially awarded in 1998, and is valid through September of 2017. For the NAEYC accreditation, the center volunteered to be measured against new program standards that assess the program’s level of quality. The Mallory Center was one of the first childcare centers in Ohio to earn the mark of quality represented by the reinvented NAEYC accreditation system.

The William L Mallory Early Learning Center is a four star Step up to Quality rated Center. This too is a voluntary achievement awarded by the State of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.  The three star rating is the highest achievable in the State of Ohio.


Complete and submit this application for enrollment to the Mallory Center.

For more information

For more information about the Mallory Center, email us or phone (513) 569-1504.