About the Charlotte Schmidlapp Children’s Center  

Mount St. Joseph University believes very strongly in families, and quality child care is essential to many members of the Mount community. The children’s center provides part-time and full day care for children of Mount students while they are attending class, studying or participating in class related activities off campus such as clinical, field placements or student teaching.

While care for children of students is the primary focus of the center, care is also available to faculty and staff on a limited basis when spaces are available. The center is not for drop-in care, as registration must be completed prior to each semester for care. Care is available for children three months to five years of age.


Mission Statement

In keeping with the mission of the University to embrace the integration of life and learning, the The Charlotte Schmidlapp Children’s Center provides quality child care to parents who are pursuing a university education. While parents are in class, studying or doing off-campus fieldwork, the Center provides a safe and stimulating environment for their children. The Children’s Center is designed to meet the developmental needs of each child in a safe, healthy environment. Activities and materials are carefully selected to correspond with each child’s level of development, and to provide challenge without frustration.

Through its programming, the The Charlotte Schmidlapp Children’s Center strives to meet each child’s emotional, social, cognitive, creative, and physical needs. Guidance in the Center is gentle and non-invasive. Positive approaches are used to help the children behave constructively. The staff will help each child take steps toward responsible self-direction. Fundamental to the process is the child’s feelings about himself or herself. Every child should feel accepted and successful.



The Children’s Center is approved and licensed by the State of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The center also has a five out of five-star rating as part of the Step Up to Quality program (SUTQ). This is a voluntary quality rating system for childcare programs. The goal is to promote school readiness by improving the quality of early care and education for all children. For more information on SUTQ go to



The Center is located on campus in the Harrington Center and can be reached through the west parking lot, next to the Recreation and Fitness Center. A drop-off area is available in the front of the building for convenience during arrival and departure.



The Center is open from 7:45am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday during the first and second semester of the university year. The center is closed during the summer months, semester breaks, and when campus is closed for holidays or inclement weather.



The cost of care is hourly rate is now $4.00 an hour for children of students and $5.50 an hour for children of faculty and staff. Families provide all food, diapers and wipes that are needed during the day. The Center also accepts vouchers from qualified students. *subject to change-contact the center to confirm.


Contact Us

For any questions about the center, please contact Janet Cox by email at  



All staff are professionally trained and hold current certificates in CPR, First Aid, Prevention of Communicable Diseases, and Recognition of Child Abuse and Neglect. In addition, all the teachers maintain the 10 hours of specialized early childhood training as required by Step Up to Quality. The center also utilizes work-study students from the University for extra help in the classrooms and for teachers’ breaks.