Children's Center

Drop In Site

Are you a UW-Whitewater student looking for hourly care? We are here to help! The Children’s Center is hosting a drop-in site for children 2-12 years old, in the lower level of the University Center.

Hourly Care Reservations

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Hours and location

UC 82 (lower level near UW Credit Union)
Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


$5 an hour for children of students
$8 an hour for children of faculty, staff and community
*Two Hour Minimum

Subsidized care

Thanks to a federal grant, full-time (12 credits or more) undergraduate Pell grant students with a GPA of 2.00 or more may receive 50-70% off the cost of care! To find out if you qualify, fill out the survey

Contact information

For more information and to sign up, contact or 262-472-1767.

Important Information

Welcome to the Children’s Center Drop-in site! We are so glad you’re here! Please read all the information before using the link above to make your child’s reservation 

  • The UW-Whitewater Children’s Center Drop-in site requires all families to fill out an enrollment survey. 
  • Two-week advance notice is recommended for reservations. 
  • Priority is given first to student families, then faculty and staff, and lastly community families.
  • Please make sure all enrollment forms are completed prior to your child(ren)’s attendance in the classroom.
  • Please review our list of items to bring with your child. Also, check out our classroom schedule for a rough outline of what your child will be doing during the day while they come to play at the UW-Whitewater Children’s Center Drop-In Site.
  • Paperwork. You can find these forms on our website. We cannot provide care if the forms are not filled out and turned into the office. This is a State of Wisconsin Child Care Licensing requirement.
  • Breastmilk, formula, and baby food of your child’s preference. Please supply all infant food/bottles your child will need for the time they are here. We are required to feed children every 3 hours.


  • Lunch. If your child will be in the classroom between 11:30-12:30 please provide a cold lunch. We provide a morning and afternoon snack that is served family style with all your child’s new friends.
  • Diapers, wipes, and diaper cream. We are required to change children every two hours, upon waking from a nap, and when the diaper is soiled. Please provide enough diapers for your child’s time with us. If your child uses diaper cream, please write your child’s name on the bottle. *Cloth diapers are welcome, please bring a wet bag to hold used diapers.
  • Extra pair of clothes in case clothes become dirty.
  • If students are in our care for more than 4 hours and are under the age of 5, we are required by Licensing to provide a nap or rest time period (of at least 30 minutes). If your child will be napping in our care, we will provide a sheet for them to sleep on. If your child needs a sleep sack, pacifier, blanket or lovey please be sure to provide those materials.
  • We go outside every day, weather permitting. Please bring appropriate clothes for child to be comfortable outside. Warmer months: sunscreen and sun hats. Cooler months: Jackets and rainboots. Cold months: snowpants, winter jacket, hat, waterproof gloves, snow boots. Children 2 and older will go outside if it feels like 0 or above. Children under 2 will go outside if it feels like 20° or above. The Children’s Center follows the Child Care Weather Watch to determine when we should limit our time outside.

Please note, this schedule is subject to change

7:30 – 8:30 Free exploration
8:30 Clean-up / Morning Meeting
8:45 – 9:15 Breakfast
9:15 Diaper checks and changes
9:30 – 10:45 Outside
10:45 – 11:35 Group activity / Free exploration
11:15 Diaper checks and changes
11:35 Clean up / Prepare for lunch
11:45 – 12:15 Lunch
12:15 – 2:45 Rest / Quiet time
*as children wake* Diaper checks and changes
2:45 – 3:15 Snack
3:15 – 5:30 Outside / Free exploration