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William L. Mallory Early Learning Center

Established in 1987, we provide outstanding childcare on campus in partnership with Learning Grove.

The William L. Mallory Center recognizes a principle of great important to former Ohio State Senator William L. 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.

Learning Grove’s philosophy and curriculum center on the developmental constructivist theory: children learn through play and make sense of the world through being actively engaged in the learning process. The teacher’s goal is to help children become autonomous problem solvers. Learning Grove’s constructivist framework helps children in the acquisition of age-appropriate concepts and skills as well as supporting the development of critical thinking skills, equipping them for lifelong success.

This program supports children infant (6 weeks old) through preschool (5 years old). Priority is given to students and staff of the College.

Cincinnati State students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) associate’s degree program uses the William L. Mallory Center as a learning lab as part of their experiential education experience.


Open year round; Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m, – 4:30 p.m.
Closed for the following holidays and when the college is closed:

  • Labor Day (Monday September 6, 2021)
  • In-Service Day (Thursday November 11, 2021)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Thursday November 25, 2021)
  • Day After Thanksgiving (Friday November 26, 2021)
  • Christmas Eve ( Friday December 24, 2021)
  • New Year’s Eve ( Friday December 31, 2021)
  • President’s Day (February 21, 2022)
  • Good Friday (April 15, 2022)
  • Memorial Day (Monday May 30, 2022)
  • Fourth of July ( Monday July 4, 2022)


Jelecia Jackson, Director
(513) 569-1504

Licensing and Accrediation

The William L. 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. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAYC). This voluntary achievement was initially awarded in 1998.

The William L. Mallory Center’s commitment to quality care also is shown through our voluntary participating in the Step up to Quality (STARS) 5 star rating system facilitated by the State of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.