Childcare at the TSU Early Learning Center

Need a Safe Place for Your Child While You're in Class or at Work?

The Department Human Sciences operates two programs:



The Early Learning Center provides convenient, dependable and professional services for TSU students, staff, and faculty as well as children in the community. Our center:

  • is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Human Services with a 3-STAR Quality Rating,
  • has degreed teaching staff,
  • uses a curriculum that promotes active learning and creative thinking,
  • and is a more affordable means of childcare.

**The Avon Williams Campus located downtown offers childcare for TSU students only during evening courses.


Hours of Operation

  • Main Campus: Monday-Friday, 7:30AM - 5:00PM
  • Avon Williams Campus: Evening hours only, 4:30PM- 8:30PM Monday-Thursday


Enrollment Requirements

  • Children 3 years of age and older are eligible for enrollment
  • Non-refundable registration fee of $5 for first-time enrollment
  • Children must be fully potty-trained upon being accepted for care
  • Please review Parent Handbook for program policies and procedures



  • Main Campus: $140.00 per week.

    Downtown Campus:
    $3.00 per hour for the 1st child and $2.50 per hour for each additional child.

Child care tuition fees are charged on a monthly basis. Fees are due the first Monday of each month.

Charges for Late Pickup

  • MAIN CAMPUS: If a child is picked up after 5:00PM, a late pick-up charge of $1.00 per minute will be assessed.
  • DOWNTOWN AVON WILLIAMS CAMPUS: late fees of $1.00 per minute apply after 8:30PM.



We accept:

  • Money Orders
  • Credit/ Debit cards accepted online
  • (We do not accept cash payments or personal checks)



Philosophy of Program

The Early Learning Center, located in the Frederick S. Humphries Consumer Sciences and Nursing Education Complex, is based upon a strong commitment to quality education for children and for the University students it serves.

The philosophy of the program is derived from a combination of the major theories of child development: Jean Piaget for cognitive development; Erik Erikson and Burton White for social-emotional development.

The program is based on the assumption that preparation for intelligent and independent thought begins in the preschool years, and practice in productive thinking is necessary for that to occur.

The program is also based upon the assumption that children are unique individuals developing in stages at different rates.


For More Information


Main Campus Early Learning Center


Email the Director at


Avon Williams Campus Child Care Center


Application/Policy Information

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