Child Care Center

Contact: Tamra Bottomlee, Director
Telephone: 989-2343
Location: 2250 173rd Street
Hammond, IN 46323
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00 am-6:00 pm

The Charlotte R. Riley Child Center

The Charlotte R. Riley Child Center is a campus lab school. The Child Center provides Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten programs to children of students, faculty, staff and to the community.  The Child Center is NAEYC Accredited, state licensed and recognized as a Paths to Quality (PTQ) Level 4 Center.

The Child Center is an experiential learning program that supports the educational activities and experiences of university students enrolled in early childhood development and other majors such as education, nursing, psychology and child and family studies.

The Child Center is open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm., Monday through Friday.  The Child Center is closed during official University holidays. Check out our website and follow us on Facebook!


  • Applications will be accepted without regard to race, religion, sex, color, national origin or ancestry or disability.
  • Children enrolled in the day preschool program must be at least 3 years of age (toilet trained) and not more than 6 years of age. Children enrolled in the kindergarten program need to be at least 5 years of age by August, 1st.
  • Applications will be taken from student, faculty, staff or Purdue University and from the community.
  • Children will be scheduled on a semester basis. Priority placement will be determined based on the applicant’s status as student, faculty, staff or community and their unique enrollment needs, e.g., full-time, part-time care.  Once enrolled in the program, a parent has the priority in the next semester’s enrollment as long as the posted deadline for re-registering is met.

Children scheduled for up to 55 hours per week will be charged a weekly fee (meals included). Other options include: full-day rates (2 or 3 days) and morning half-day (M-F) rate.  Please contact PUC Riley for more information on pre-k/preschool and kindergarten fees.