CCLC at Piscataway

  • Michelle Hoffman, Director
  • 659 Hoes Lane West
  • Piscataway, NJ, 08854-5627
  • Ph: (732) 699-1017
  • Fax: (732) 699-9356
  • Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
  • Hours: 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM, Monday - Friday

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The Center at Piscataway is a wonderful place for children to explore, learn and grow! Our families have peace of mind, knowing their children are safe and secure with compassionate, loving teachers. The Center at Piscataway is where early childhood educators love to work and grow personally while enjoying the opportunity to continue growing professionally! It is our "home away from home." We invite you to visit anytime, and are ready to welcome you into our family for the very best in early care and education. Piscataway Center gladly serves children and families from Rutgers and the surrounding community.

- Ms. Michelle Hoffman, Center Director

Business Partner Message

Knowledge Universe has proudly supported the childcare needs of the Rutgers community since 1993. At our Center, we provide childcare and early childhood education for families where they work. We understand the need for families to have access to exceptional childcare close to their workplace or school. We are conveniently located at Rutgers’ flagship location, nestled over the banks of the Old Raritan, on the Busch campus of Rutgers University. Because of our proximity to the university, our families enjoy the benefits of remaining closely connected throughout the day, bringing parent partnerships one step closer.
 We look forward to partnering with your family and sharing the joy of learning with your child!

Programs Offered

  • Infant Programs (6 weeks-1 year)

    Infant Programs (6 Weeks-1 Year)

    When your infant is in our care, we are committed to providing a nurturing and caring environment that meets your needs and the needs of your child. As your infant grows and changes – which happens on a daily basis at this stage – we make changes, too, so development and learning unfolds naturally.

  • Toddler Programs (1-2 years)

    Toddler Programs (1-2 Years)

    Toddlers are explorers on the road to learning. They walk all over, eat table food and often take just one nap a day. In a safe and nurturing environment, your little adventurer will find his voice, make new friends and develop confidence in newfound abilities.

  • Discovery Preschool Programs (2-3 years)

    Discovery Preschool Programs (2-3 Years)

    Let us help your 2-year-old develop her independence and confidence in a setting that encourages a sense of community. We plan your child's activities based on a program grounded in early childhood fundamentals. Your young learner will increase her language ability, practice early counting skills and learn to cooperate with friends through group activities.

  • Preschool Programs (3-4 years)

    Preschool Programs (3-4 Years)

    Preschool kids are in the process of becoming confident learners. We take their confidence to the next level with hands-on education. Your 3- to 4-year-old child is ready for structured learning activities that touch on early literacy, math, science and social studies. Our program balances these subjects with opportunities for independent exploration – and a healthy dose of running, jumping and dancing.

  • Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

    Summer Programs

    Twelve fun and unique weeks of camp, all summer long! From May through August, KinderCare offers awesome camps for pre-school, pre-k, and school-age kids. It's a great place to bring friends, and to meet new ones! We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours, so join us for all 12 weeks or as many weeks as you like.

Learning Adventures &
Enrichment Programs

  • Cooking

    Cooking Adventures

    Stir up your child's culinary imagination with fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. The Cooking Adventures program introduces young chefs to recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza and proper nutrition.

  • Math

    Math Adventures

    Math Adventures teaches concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height and weight, as well as shapes and solids. Math is everywhere, and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

  • Music

    Music Adventures

    Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason and create. Your child will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments. Note by note, he may identify an early passion for music and will gain confidence to perform well in all aspects of his young life.

  • Phonics & Reading

    Phonics & Reading Adventures

    Set your child up for success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. We engage your child with customized books, games and activity cards to help him master the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and an even greater command of the language.

  • ABC Music and Me

Holidays Observed & Professional Development Days

We are closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day,  Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.


  • We are very proud to say we are accredited through NAEYC! For more information about the NAEYC accreditation please visit,

  • The Eco-Healthy Child Care program assesses 30 critical care factors including biodegradable, non-toxic cleaning products, non-toxic art supplies, PVC-free toys and more. To learn more go to:

Upcoming Events

  • May's Learning Focus

    Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

    Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

    Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

    Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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  • Center Closed for Memorial Day

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Center Location

CCLC at Piscataway

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     As a parent, there is a lot of anxiety that comes with bringing your child to a place where there are people you don’t yet know and then leaving them there for a majority of the day. At CCLC, I never hesitate. From the moment I walked in and met the Center Director, Joanne, I was confident that this would be a place where my son could go every day and I would not have to worry. Joanne and her faculty are nothing short of terrific. Joanne made me feel comfortable from the moment I started talking to her and made me feel right at home. My son loves going to school and leaves with a smile every day. Their curriculum is excellent and my son enjoys every minute of the learning process. One of my favorite things about being a CCLC parent is that they take pictures of my child engaged in activities throughout the day!  I love being able to see what discoveries my son is making at school.  Also, CCLC has an open-door policy, which allows parents to come in at whatever point in the day they choose, and come join their child while they engage in activities. I continually recommend CCLC to parents when asked about my son's experience at childcare, and I will continue to do so as they have exceeded my expectations.



Melissa Vicencio

  - Melissa, Mother

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