Among the first of its kind, the Salem State Child Care Center was established in 1970 to provide our students with children an affordable child care option to help them pursue their degrees. Since that time, child care centers and preschools have sprouted up at colleges and universities across the country.

Over time, the Child Care Center expanded its programs and, in 1996, became the Salem State Preschool Program. Soon after in 1997, preschool adminstrators Beverly Gerson and Maureen Conrad Delpero traveled to Reggio Emilia, Italy to study the Reggio Approach, an internationally acclaimed early education philosophy. The Preschool Program continues that practice today. To learn more about the Reggio Approach and the Preschool's philosophy, visit our Philosophy page.

• Member National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers (NCCCC)
• Founding member Massachusetts Campus Child Care Coalition chapter of the NCCCC