Child Care Services on the MTSU Campus

[ MTSU Child Care Lab ] [ MTSU Child Development Center ] [The Ann Campbell Early Learning Center (ACE Learning Center)] [ Off-Campus Childcare ]

MTSU Child Care Lab
Director: Nancy James
Location: Alumni Drive
Phone: 898-2970
Children Served: Ages: 3-5 year olds
Open to children of students: yes, priority
Open to children of faculty: yes, second priority
Open to children of staff: yes, also second priority
Open to children of administration: yes, also second priority
Open to children in community: yes, third priority

*In the Fall and Spring semesters first priority is given to students who choose a Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday. In the Summer Semester priority is given to full-time care so the children come every day in the Summer Semester.
Maximum enrollment: 24 per day
Days of operation: Monday through Friday (Limited to days when classes are in session)
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Rates /charges: $25.00 registration fee at the beginning of every semester
Rates/week for MTSU Students: MWF:  $81
T/TH:  $54
M-F:  $135
Rates/week for MTSU Employees: MWF:  $87
T/TH:  $58
M-F:  $145
Rates/week for those with no MTSU affiliation: MWF:  $93
T/TH:  $62
M-F:  $155
How funded: The parent fees cover the cost of salaries and operation expenses. The lab in on the state food program (same as the public school system) and reimbursement pays nearly all of the food expenses. Two snacks and a hot lunch are served at no additional charge to parents.
How does MTSU contribute: MTSU covers the benefits of the 3 full time staff members. MTSU also provides the space and utilities at no charge. MTSU provides part-time help through the work-study students at no expense to the Lab.


MTSU Child Development Center
Director: Beverly "Marzee" Woodward
Location: The Fairview Building
Phone: 898-2198
Children Served: Ages: 1-5 year olds
Open to children of students: yes
Open to children of faculty: yes
Open to children of staff: yes
Open to children of administration:


Open to children of the community:


Minimum enrollment: No minimum
Maximum enrollment: 6 in youngest, infant-toddler class, and 8 in other three infant-toddler class 12 in each preschool class
Hours of operation: see below
For infants and
toddlers only:
(MW a.m. 9:00-11:30, TR a.m.: 9:00-11:30, MW p.m.1:00-3:30, TR p.m. 1:00-3:30) with children placed by age.
Preschool: 2 sessions (MTWR a.m. 8:45-11:45, MTWR p.m. 1:00-4:00)
Period of operation: Operates 12 weeks out of each semester
Registration fee: $25/year
Rates/Charges: Infant-Toddler Program:

$250/semester for 12 weeks

Preschool: $400/semester for 12 weeks
How funded: Families pay tuition, which cover cost other than those listed below (also tuition used for playground equipment, classroom equipment, food for snacks etc.
How does MTSU contribute: Space (portion of Fairview Building)
Lead teacher salaries (lead teachers are also instructors for Early Childhood Education majors: CDFS 4380 and CDFS 4300)


The Ann Campbell Early Learning Center (ACE Learning Center)
Director: Christy Davis, Interim Director
Location: Corner of North Baird Lane and Blue Raider Drive: 206 N. Baird Lane
Fairview Center: 820 Fairview Drive, Room 120
Phone: Baird Lane:  615.898.2458
Fairview Center: 615.898.5214
Children Served: Ages: 1 year to 5 years old
Inclusive program that supports young children with and without developmental delays 
Open to children of students: Yes
Open to children of faculty: Yes
Open to children of staff: Yes
Open to children of administrators: Yes
Open to children of community: Yes
Is priority given to children of MTSU students, staff, faculty and administration, before it is open to the public?


Minimum enrollment: 50
Maximum enrollment: 155
Days of operation and rates: All ages M-F 7:30-5:00 $ 720/month
All ages M/W or T/R 7:30-5:00 $320/month
All ages M/W/F or T/R/F 7:30-5:00 $440/month
1 year-4 year old M/W or T/R 8:00-12:00 or 1:00-5:00  $200/month
4 year-5 year old M/W or T/R 7:30-1:00 or 1:00-5:00 $200/month
1 year-4 year old M-R 8:00-12:00 or 1:00-5:00 $320/month
4 year old-5 year old M-R 7:30-1:00 or 1:00-5:00 $320/month
How funded: Tuition, United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, grants, contributions, and donations
How does MTSU contribute? MTSU provides the space, utilities, and director’s salary at no charge. In addition, work-study students are provided at no cost.


Off-Campus Childcare
The following is provided for informational purposes only.  PCSW does not explicitly endorse any of these businesses.  Kids R Kids, and KinderCare offer discounts to MTSU students/employees.  Please contact these businesses directly to find out current information about such discounts.


(615) 907-5437
Contact Name: Krystal Davis



(615) 890-7488


(615) 410-3673


Nana's House Childcare   
Text or Call 615-962-8681

Drop-in Care in Murfreesboro is available at:

Creative World Academy
2805 Old Fort Pkwy
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
(615) 962-8184

For information about HEAD START/EARLY HEAD START, call (615) 896-5870.

To inquire about qualifying for the CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, which pays for part of the parent's child care fees, contact the Rutherford County Department of Human Services at (615) 848-5153.

TN Department of Human Services - Child Care Providers and Star Ratings