The William L. Mallory Early Learning Center was established at Cincinnati State in 1987.
The Mallory Center provides outstanding childcare on Cincinnati State’s campus while serving as a learning lab for Cincinnati State students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) associate’s degree program. The College’s commitment to experiential education as a key element of learning and career preparation is abundant at the Center.
The Mallory Center recognizes a principle of great importance to former Ohio State Senator William Mallory: to ensure success for college students who are also parents, these students need assurance of quality care for their children, while they pursue their educational goals.
The Mallory Center daytime program is designed for children ages three months to five years. Priority is given to students and staff of the College, but we also serve families from the surrounding community.
This is a full-time, year-round program operates Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm. The Mallory Center is closed when the College is closed.
During the summer, the Center provides also experiences for school-age children.
Our curriculum emphasizes the whole child, focusing on physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language development.
All student-child interactions are guided by the faculty of Cincinnati State’s Early Childhood Education program.
Center teaching staff members are selected for their commitment to providing the best experiences for children, and their ability to guide Cincinnati State students in becoming skilled Early Childhood Education teachers.
Children at the Mallory Center benefit from increased adult-child interactions, while Cincinnati State student interns benefit from direct experiences working with the children and teachers at the Center.
Teachers also have training in CPR, first aid, common childhood illnesses, and child abuse recognition. All staff and volunteers have been fingerprinted and have had a complete background check.
The Mallory Center participates in the USDA food program. We provide breakfast, lunch, and snack, thus supplying two-thirds of a child’s daily needs.
Parents are welcome and encouraged to visit their children at any time. There are observation booths for most of the classrooms if parents wish to observe without being seen. Parents are also welcome to help in the classroom: reading books, eating lunch, or going on field trips.
Fees vary by the age of the child. For the current fee scale, contact the Center Director at (513) 569-1504.
Tuition assistance is available to eligible applicants through the following sources:
- Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services: (513) 946-1800
- Butler County Department of Job and Family Services: (513) 887-4054
- Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services: (513) 732-7136
- Kenton County Department of Job and Family Services: (859) 292-6340
Licensing and Accreditation
The Mallory Center is licensed by the City of Cincinnati’s Department of Health and the State of Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services.
The Mallory Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This voluntary achievement was initially awarded in 1998.
The Mallory Center’s commitment to quality care also is shown through our voluntary participation in the Step up to Quality (STARS) rating system facilitated by the State of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
For more information about the Mallory Center, phone (513) 569-1504 or email us