NOTE: UK does not endorse any of the child care providers on this site. We provide the link as a tool as you make your selection. Space in these programs are often on a 9-10 month waiting list. If you are interested, we encourage you to talk to the directors as early as possible.

Childcare Facilities on or Adjacent to UK

The UK Early Childhood Laboratory (ECL)

The UK Early Childhood Laboratory (ECL) is located on campus and provides early childhood education to children from six weeks of age through pre-school. This program is operated by the College of Education. Click here to read about its recent expansion.   

Contact Info: 

University of Kentucky Early Childhood Laboratory

641 Maxwelton Court

Lexington, KY 40508

(859) 257-7732

Woodland Early Learning Center at the University of Kentucky

KinderCare Learning Centers are part of the KinderCare Education family of schools and offer child care on UK's campus. Founded in 1992, it is a national child care provider dedicated to quality employer-sponsored early childhood education. Woodland Early Learning Center offers care to children beginning at 6 weeks of age at a discounted rate for UK employees and students. Find answers to frequently asked questions here

Contact Info:

Woodland Early Learning Center

575 Woodland Avenue

Lexington, KY 40508

(859) 255-3444

In addition to Woodland Early Learning Center, these KinderCare locations offer a 10% discount to UK employees:

Child Development Center of the Bluegrass

Since 1958, Child Development Center of the Bluegrass, Inc. has been providing early childhood services for children in the Bluegrass area. Today, the center offers a full-day early childhood program for both children with and without disabilities from 6 weeks of age until a child is eligible for kindergarten. In addition, their therapists are available for outpatient therapy services. 

Contact Info:

Child Development Center of the Bluegrass 

290 Alumni Drive 

Lexington, KY 40503

(859) 218-2322


Childcare Centers Offering UK Discount or Waived Enrollment Fee

To receive discount, you must show a valid UK picture ID to the center.

Our PlayHouse Preschool and Kindergarten

Our PlayHouse Preschool is a Reggio Emilia-Inspired program where children are active participants in their own learning. The school serves children ages three months up to five years old in classrooms with low teacher to student ratios. OPH offers flexible scheduling allowing parents to choose between two and five days a week and also offers early drop-off from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and extended afternoon care to 6:00 p.m.  

235 Walton Avenue

Lexington, KY 40502

(859) 233-7000


Other Centers:

Childcare Search Resources -- You can use this website to search for childcare in Kentucky: Child Care Provider Search from the Cabinet for Health & Family Services.

Choosing a Quality Child Care Program

How to Choose Quality Child Care -- This page will give you information on what to look for, listen for and ask while you are searching for a quality child care provider. 

Understanding STARS -- The STARS for KIDS NOW program is Kentucky's voluntary quality rating improvement system for Licensed Type I, Type II and Certified Family Child Care Homes. Programs are rated using a one- to four-STAR level system. This site also allows you to search for STARS rated facilities. All three childcare centers on or adjacent to UK campus participate in STARS and are rated highly; ECL and CDCB have received four STARS.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) -- NAEYC strives to raise the quality of education for all children from birth through age eight. And, NAEYC provides accredidation for programs that offer the best learning experiences for young children and their educators by meeting national standards of quality. This site will you to look for an NAEYC accredited center/program and learn more about what it means to be NAEYC accredited. All three childcare centers on or adjacent to the UK campus are NAEYC accredited.