Childcare Services

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 ( 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

607-272-5891 ext. 201



In addition to our Integrated Early Childhood and Preschool classrooms, we also offer our exclusive Toddler rooms where we provide the same curriculum, staff and belief system and experiences to 18 month- 3 year-olds.  For families in need of more child care, we offer before and after school care.  Although our formal day is scheduled from 8:30-1:30, we continue to provide child-directed learning activities and experiences in the morning as well as in the afternoon.  We very much value this additional time with your child and are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer extended learning opportunities and expansion projects driven from our enhanced curriculum.

How to access:  Our Early Childhood Education Centers have limited private pay spaces available on a first come, first serve basis.  As with our Integrated Preschool Classes, we are very proud our enhanced early childhood education center and often find ourselves with a wait list for this program in our 2 locations where this is offered.

For more information, please contact our Director of Preschool and Early Childhood Education Services at 607.272.5891 or toll free at 800.969.9978


Childcare Services in Ithaca and Tompkins County