Purdue University

1568 W. State St., West Lafayette, IN 47906
Paths to Quality

Day Early Learning at Purdue University Early Care and Education Center is located on the campus of Purdue University. Enrollment is open to children who have at least one parent affiliated with Purdue. Learn more by visiting Purdue University’s child care website. 

At Day Early Learning at Purdue University, your child will learn and grow in a high-quality environment, with a focus on kindergarten readiness. The center has 10 classrooms, including a school-age program that offers before- and after-school care, full-time care over breaks and transportation to and from Klondike Elementary School. Natural playgrounds include a separate playground for infants, and an indoor gym space provides a place for movement on rainy days. Classrooms are designed to provide a fun learning environment and are outfitted with developmentally-appropriate learning materials to help your child explore and learn.

Center Leadership

Lauren McCool
School Leader

Lauren joined Day Early Learning as a school leader in January 2023. She came with seven years of experience in early childhood education and a bachelor’s in organizational leadership from Purdue University. Her favorite part of the job is building relationships with families and helping to develop teachers into leaders.

Amanda Whiteley
Operations Manager

Amanda joined Day Early Learning in 2016 and has degrees in business administration and early childhood education. After 20 years of experience, her favorite part about her role is connecting with all families and supporting in the classrooms.

Amy Cavin
Director of Program Quality

Amy joined Day Early Learning in 2007 and has also served as Office Manager and Assistant Director. She has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Amy enjoys seeing the enthusiasm of teachers when they discover a new component or skill and building trusting, collaborative relationships with children and their families.

Amber Weston
Team Lead

The Team Lead works collaboratively with school leadership to lead and nurture growth of team members and to improve teacher practice within the school. Amber has worked at the center since 2016. She has an associate degree in elementary education and previously served as Lead Infant Teacher. Amber loves helping her fellow coworkers grow as teachers, sharing ideas and collaborating with them.

Cali Tanner
Team Lead

The Team Lead works collaboratively with school leadership to lead and nurture growth of team members and to improve teacher practice within the school. Cali has been with the center since 2016. She has a bachelor’s degree in child development and previously served as Lead Toddler Teacher and Lead Preschool Teacher. Cali’s favorite parts of her role are providing engaging, hands-on activities for children and creating a safe space for them to learn and grow.


Laura Sulecki
Nurse Practitioner

Laura is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse who has been with Day Early Learning for more than 10 years. Prior to her time at Day Early Learning, she worked in a neonatal intensive care unit, a developmental pediatric office and a pediatric primary care office. Laura has four boys and enjoys traveling to the beach, swimming and gardening during her free time.

Tuition Rates

As a nonprofit, our goal is to provide high-quality, accredited early childhood care and education at a price. 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.



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NOTE: Tuition rates vary based on county. Please visit the page for your desired location to view current rates.

Quick Guide

When you entrust your child to Day Early Learning, you can expect a high level of quality, safety and integrity. Day Early Learning supports the highest standards of early care and education by adhering to national accreditation standards and the state of Indiana’s Paths to QUALITY™ (PTQ) Level 4 standards.


All Day Early Learning classrooms utilize The Creative Curriculum, a research-based early child care and education curriculum. The learning objectives of the curriculum are aligned with Indiana’s Early Learning Foundations and include child-focused activities that address language and literacy, math, cognitive, science, social-emotional and physical development.

Your child’s classroom will have an individualized lesson plan posted every week. Each activity on the lesson plan is purposeful and intentionally planned based on the teachers’ observations of each child in the classroom.


Regularly assessing each child’s growth and development allows teachers to tailor lessons and activities to the needs of each individual child. All Day Early Learning centers use several methods to assess each child’s growth and development including TS GOLD® observations and the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA).


Teachers must have either a bachelor’s or an associate degree in early childhood education. Classroom support professionals must have a high school diploma and CDA or 12 college credits in early care and education within two years of hire. All teachers are trained in Universal Precautions, first aid and CPR.


Children at Day Early Learning receive a healthy breakfast, lunch and two snacks a day at our centers. Meals are designed to be balanced and include fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, while limiting the amount of sugars and processed foods. Weekly menus are posted in your center.

Our menus are reviewed by a certified nutritionist, approved by the Indiana Department of Education and meet the Gold Standard from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for Child Nutrition Programs. Additionally, our culinary team members are Serv-Safe certified to ensure food safety.


You are your child’s first and most important teacher. You are always welcome at Day Early Learning. Feel free to visit the center and participate in special programs and activities. Your participation is important to your child’s success.


Your child’s health and safety are our top priority, and we work to prevent illnesses through our health and safety policies. When illnesses do occur, school leaders will inform parents of the illness, symptoms and incubation period, per Indiana State Licensing regulations. We take extra care to sanitize classroom surfaces, toys and common use items whenever an illness is confirmed in a classroom.


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