Early Childhood Services

May 27th, 2020

Official end of the academic school year, including remote instruction will be June 19th, 2020.

May 1st, 2020

Racker Daycares and Early Childhood Educations Centers are now closed to children through the end of the academic year.

April 17th, 2020

For all students and families viewing and enjoying the Racker Remote Learning Channel and playlists, please consider completing the following survey and providing your feedback so that our Early Childhood Education professionals can continue to best assist you and our children: SURVEY

April 16th, 2020

Racker Daycares and Early Childhood Educations Centers are now closed to children through Friday, May 15th

UPDATE: March 17, 2020

Dear Racker Daycare Parents/Guardians:

As you are well aware, we are all working through the many challenges associated with the closing of schools and child care services. I continue to thank you and express my gratitude for your patience and understanding as we work through the constant and quick changes.

Racker Daycares and Early Childhood Education Centers will continue to be closed through Monday, April 13, 2020. All children and staff will return to school on Tuesday April 14, 2020. (Subject to change based on recommendations from health departments)

· Previously we communicated that we would continue to charge for child care services through the month of March 2020.

***We will no longer be charging for childcare services during the time we are closed due to the COVID-19 precautionary measures***

As I shared yesterday, information changes day to day, hour to hour. As we work with our local Counties and communities to support efforts in decreasing the spread of COVID-19, there are many changes we all are working through and maneuvering. I hope our change to tuition will be helpful in easing stress and strain that so many of us are experiencing. If you are in the need of additional assistance in understanding resources, our social work team is working very hard to have support service information available. We will share all resource information as we receive it. Please regularly check our website (www.racker.org) and our Facebook Page for updated information and resources.

I wish you and your loved ones well. I encourage everyone to take some time to identify some things we are gaining in this time. I see opportunity for more time with family, time connect with our children and loved ones, time to take care of ourselves, reconnect with loved ones (utilizing technology), start and finish a book, puzzle and/or project, walks in nature in the springtime air, etc.

With well wishes,


Gretchen A. Jacobs, MsEd

Gretchen Jacobs

Director of Preschool and Early Childhood Education Centers gretchenj@racker.org

607-272-5891 ext. 201

Why come to us:  Our Early Childhood Education center’s main focus is on your child.  We are believers and champions in child growth and development.  Our centers are child focused, where we embrace play as experience and experience as the means of learning.  We believe in building from the basics up:  Safety, nourishment, trust, love and experiences from which to build and grow.  We are proud to provide an early childhood environment where children feel comfortable to play and learn without fear of judgment and wrong-doing, safe enough to take risks and problem solve and engaged to question and discover new materials, events, people and environments.

What makes us different:  We are proud to provide excellent developmentally appropriate education and experiences to all children in a fully inclusive environment.  Our unique enhanced staffing model, with low teacher to child ratios, allows for high level engagement with children.  In addition, we collaborate with related services, such as speech, occupational, physical, feeding therapies and social work to provide our children and their families support in all aspects of development.  We are fortunate to partner with several chapters of therapy animals as well as collaborate with local Colleges and Universities to provide swimming and other enrichment activities for all children in our program.  Racker Early Childhood Centers is the only one of its kind, where collaboration with related services and specialists is built into our model, offering you and your child support in all aspects of child development.

Racker provides the following services children in Tompkins, Cortland and Tioga Counties:

  • Evaluation Services
  • Early Intervention Service Provider (0-3 years)
  • Childcare (18 months- 5 years)
  • Preschool Special Education
    • Classrooms specializing in autism, behavioral needs and developmental disabilities
    • Itinerant Services