Day Early Learning

at Patty Jischke

Day Early Learning at the Patty Jischke Early Care and Education Center is located on the campus of Purdue University, which makes it a very convenient location for parents working at the university. Enrollment is open to children who have at least one parent affiliated with Purdue University.


Hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Ages: 6 weeks – 12 years


Phone: 765-701-3401


2561 Kent Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Day Early Learning

at Patty Jischke

Day Early Learning at the Patty Jischke Early Care and Education Center is located on the outskirts of Purdue University, which makes it a very convenient location for parents working at the university. Enrollment is open to children who have at least one parent affiliated with Purdue University. The center is located a few blocks from the Purdue University Airport, which provides numerous learning opportunities for the children.


Hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Ages: 6 weeks – 12 years


Phone: 765-701-3401


90 Nimitz Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

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Tours are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am – 11:15 am.

About our center

At Day Early Learning at Patty Jischke, your child will learn and grow in a high-quality and engaging environment. This center has seven classrooms that are designed to provide a fun learning environment and are outfitted with developmentally appropriate learning materials that allow your child to explore and learn. Three outdoor playgrounds are appropriate for different ages, and a large grassy area is perfect for gross motor activities and water play in the summer. 

Center Leadership

  • Jessica Walters
    Jessica Walters School Leader

    As school leader, Jessica’s focus is on creating and maintaining a safe and creative space for children and establishing a positive and rich learning environment. She brings over 10 years of experience working in early childhood education. Jessica also has prior experience working as a family case manager. She earned her bachelor’s degree in child and family studies with a minor in social work from Ball State University.

  • Kristen Rich
    Kristen Rich Operations Manager

    Kristen joined Day Early Learning in January 2022. She graduated from Purdue University with an undergraduate degree in early childhood education and exceptional needs and a master’s degree in elementary education with a focus in early childhood. Kristen has worked with children as a developmental preschool teacher, a Paths to QUALITY coach and a director of child care services. Her interest in early education started by watching her younger siblings learn and grow. She loves to craft, read, scrapbook, play games and do puzzles!

  • Kailyn Cox
    Kailyn Cox Team Lead

    Kailyn has been with Day Early Learning since 2021. She holds a bachelor’s degree in developmental and family science and an associate degree in early childhood education. Kailyn loves helping her peers throughout their teaching journey and spending time in the classrooms to see teachers interact with their children.


Day Early Learning centers utilize the Creative Curriculum, a research-based curriculum that addresses children’s cognitive, language and social-emotional development. This curriculum is aligned with the Indiana Early Learning Foundations, the learning development framework for children from birth through the start of kindergarten. When your child attends Day Early Learning, each day includes experiences that foster creative expression, cognitive development, social and emotional growth, enhanced motor skill development and problem-solving skill refinement. To learn more about our age-specific curriculum, visit our Program pages.

Health & Safety

  • Our teachers sanitize tables throughout the day in preparation for meals or classroom activities.
  • Classroom toys are disinfected nightly.
  • Toys that are soiled or mouthed by children are immediately taken out of use and put into a tub to be cleaned.
  • Diaper changing areas are sanitized before and after each use.
  • Hand washing for all, including staff, children and parents is practiced and encouraged.
  • The children are taught to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds before and after meals, after toileting, returning to the classroom after outside play or before using the water/sensory table.

Not all germs can be eliminated and children will experience illness when in a child care environment. When these illnesses occur, per Indiana State Licensing regulations, the directors will inform parents of the illness, symptoms and the incubation period. Extra care is taken to sanitize classroom surfaces, toys, and common use items whenever an illness is confirmed in a classroom.

To help protect others from the spread of illness, children must be fever free for 24 hours without the aid of a fever reducer before admittance to the facility will be allowed.

Day Early Learning centers regulate entry into each center with a security system. A key fob or card is required for entry. Day Early Learning asks that you list anyone who has your permission to pick up your child, as well as those who do not have your permission. Day Early Learning will check emergency cards and ask for ID from anyone unknown to center staff.

Facility Safety

All Day Early Learning centers are licensed by the State of Indiana Office of Early Care and Out of School Learning (FSSA). This agency inspects our centers and playgrounds at least annually but can also inspect at random. We also adhere to the guidelines by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for our facilities, grounds, curriculum, teacher education and training and administrative policies. We must also comply with the State Fire Marshall and the local township Fire Marshall for building code and safety. We conduct monthly fire drills, tornado and earthquake drills for our facilities. Day Early Learning has emergency preparedness plans in place to cover a variety of situations that would impact the safety and well-being of our children and staff. Evacuations sites for each center are listed in the enrollment package each parent receives. Our staff receives training in fire safety, pediatric CPR and first aid and universal precautions/blood borne pathogens.

Nutrition & Wellness


Children at Day Early Learning receive a variety of nutritious meals and snacks throughout their day. We serve breakfast, lunch and two snacks a day at our centers. Our meals are designed to be balanced and include fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains, while limiting the amount of sugars and processed foods. Our menus are approved by a certified nutritionist and meet the Gold Standard from the United States Department of Agriculture for Child Nutrition Programs. Additionally, our culinary staff are Serv-Safe certified to ensure food safety.

Nutrition Education

Meal time is about more than just providing the fuel children need for their growing minds and bodies, it’s also a learning opportunity! Teachers include nutritional education in their curriculum so children learn how to make healthy choices. We also focus on teaching table manners, social skills and self-care skills at meal times.

Physical Wellness

Physical growth and wellness is a big part of a young child’s day as they are just learning how to use their bodies. Teachers include structured physical activities in their lesson plans to ensure children are on track in developing their fine and gross motor skills. We also provide time twice a day for children to play in an outdoor play environment. Children are required to spend at least 60 minutes outside playing each day, 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon. If the weather is poor (raining or snowing excessively, below 24 degrees with wind chill or above 90 degrees with heat index) they will have time for physical activity indoors.

Infant Nutrition

At Day Early Learning we support breastfed and formula-fed babies and follow you and your physician’s wishes when it comes to your baby’s individual nutritional needs. We provide infant formula and baby food and encourage breastfeeding moms to come in to nurse as often as they wish or provide pumped breast milk.

Special Dietary Needs

If your child has specific dietary needs or restrictions, we will work with you to create a healthy meal plan for your child. Please provide the center director with a signed note from your physician (for health dietary restrictions) or a note from you (for religious dietary restrictions) stating restrictions so that appropriate arrangements may be made to accommodate your child. Both licensing and the Federal Food Program require our children to be served meals and snacks that are prepared in our kitchen or catered by a licensed vendor. Day Early Learning cannot serve sack lunches or food items brought in by parents.


When you trust your child to Day Early Learning, you can expect a high level of quality, safety, and integrity.

Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children

Day Early Learning at Patty Jischke is fully accredited* by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a national, voluntary, professionally-sponsored accreditation organization, and the world’s largest organization of early childhood professionals. This accreditation is currently probationary, due to the recent acquisition of this license from a previous operator. While NAEYC accreditors examine the total program, they place special emphasis on the quality of interaction between staff and children, as well as the developmental appropriateness of curriculum. To earn accreditation, programs must meet the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards during a thorough on-site visit from assessors who observe in classrooms, and review policies and procedure documentation. These visits take place every five years to renew the accreditation status, as well as random unannounced visits in between renewals.

Rated a Level 4 Paths to Quality Provider

Day Early Learning is also a Level 4 child care provider, the highest rated, according to Indiana’s Paths To QUALITY* rating system for early care and education programs. That means Day Early Learning has demonstrated a commitment to the highest level of professionalism in quality early care and education.

Parent Communication

At Day Early Learning parents are our most valued partners. In addition to encouraging frequent and consistent visits to the classroom, we work with parents to create a communication system that is informative and invites positive relationship building. Across all Day Early Learning centers, technology is leveraged to support continual communications. We do this through the use of the online platform Tadpoles, which parents can access online from a computer or phone.

About Tadpoles

Across all Day Early Learning centers, technology is leveraged to support continual communications. We do this through the use of the online platform Tadpoles, which parents can access online from a computer or phone. Through Tadpoles, Day Early Learning communicates:

  • Progress and successes related to individualized child development plans
  • Pictures and videos of learning and play activities reflective of the Creative Curriculum that is used throughout Day Early Learning centers
  • Information related to lesson plans, individual observations, and assessments
  • Reports of daily activities such as naps, meals and diaper changes
Daily Interactions

Daily parent communication and interactions also take place during drop off and pick up as Day Early Learning requires that the child is walked to the room and that each parent is greeted by the teacher. These small touch points provide the opportunity for both parents and teachers to exchange information pertinent to the child’s development and daily needs.

Day Early Learning centers conduct bi-annual parent-teacher conferences, produce a monthly newsletter, host parent meetings and provide opportunities for parents to lead projects and programs at their center.

Tuition & Rates

As a nonprofit, our goal is to provide high-quality, accredited early childhood care and education at a price all families can afford. The prices listed below reflect our full fee. Many families qualify for discounts or financial aid. Please check to see if you qualify.
  • Infants
    $360 weekly
    • 6 weeks - 12 months
  • Toddlers
    $334 weekly
    • 12 months - 36 months
  • 3-6 Years Old
    $264 weekly
    • 3 to 6 years old
*Tuition, fees, financial assistance and policies are reviewed on a regular basis and are subject to change. Tuition rates for families attending this center prior to Oct. 2021 will remain the same until Dec. 2022.
Payment Policies

There is a one-time enrollment fee of $100. If the enrollment fee is cost prohibitive, please reach out to our enrollment specialist anytime: Your weekly fee remains the same regardless of your child’s attendance, illness, observed holidays and emergency closings with the exception of approved vacation. Click here for our vacation policy information.


There is a $10 weekly discount if you are a corporate partner: federal, Indiana state government, IU Health, or Park 100 employee. If you have more than one child enrolled at Day Early Learning, you also qualify for a $5 per child weekly discount.

Financial Aid Options

We accept many different financial aid options, including CCDF vouchers (Child Care Development Fund), On My Way Pre-K, the Indy Preschool Program and military subsidies. We also offer direct tuition assistance for eligible families (see below for our Tuition Assistance Program eligibility ranges). To learn about your financial aid options, please contact the office manager at your center or the center you’re interested in.

Get Started

Interested in getting started at Day Early Learning? Provide your information here and Purdue University will contact you. At least one guardian must be a Purdue University employee.

We have immediate openings for 4-5-year-olds at all Day Early Learning locations.


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