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Where your child is the center!
Our philosophy is called Child-Centered Active Learning
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Continuity of Care
Designed for infants and toddlers to better form secure attachments to their teachers and to minimize transition.
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IC3 at Kendal
Intergenerational program for infants & toddlers
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IC3 After School & Camp
For children in Kindergarten - 5th Grade
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Welcome to IC3


Ithaca Community Childcare Center (IC3) is a non-profit, NYS-licensed, and NAEYC-accredited (National Association for the Education of Young Children) center that has been serving the community since 1976. We offer care for children between 8 weeks and 10 years old, and are committed to providing families with the highest standard of child-inspired, professionally-nurtured care and educational opportunities.

Our innovative continuity of care program is nationally recognized. By providing a safe environment where children can explore and experience hands on learning, we offer a truly child-centered approach.  We are proud of our committed staff and low teacher turnover. The average number of years a teacher has been working at IC3 is 12 years! Our experienced, professional, nurturing teachers will help your child grow a lifelong love of learning. Come see why IC3 is such a great place to play, learn, work, and grow!

“Where your child is the center”


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Why IC3

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Mission Statement

IC3 is committed to providing families with the highest standard of child-inspired, professionally-nurtured care and opportunities for learning.

Our Difference

Where and how your child is cared is one of the most important decisions you will make. IC3 has been providing childcare since 1976 and is NAEYC Accredited, a mark of our commitment to high quality child care. While most daycare facilities meet minimum state requirements by placing one teacher, a teacher’s assistant and an aide in each classroom, IC3 provides two qualified full time teachers and one teacher’s assistant in every classroom. Our committed staff offer child development expertise and meet or exceed NAEYC recommendations. We are fortunate to offer twice the classroom space required by New York State, two indoor gyms, and a spacious outdoor play yard for each age group. This enriched atmosphere contributes to the social and intellectual development and well being of children in our care. Numerous teachers have presented at State and National AEYC conferences and other events demonstrating innovative teaching methods and programming such as continuity of care and our intergenerational program.

Our educational philosophy is called child-centered active learning, which means that children learn by doing. Children learn best by engaging and interacting with people, their environment, and objects around them. Teachers design an environment and plan experiences that allow hands-on learning for children in a range of developmental areas, social, emotional, cognitive and physical. We provide opportunities for children to work with a variety of materials and people, to make choices and to have some control over their choices and activities promoting a life long love of learning.

For more information about IC3, you may visit our programs section, review our FAQs section, or contact us.