The UTC Children's Center is an early childhood program operated by the School of Education, College of Health, Education and Professional Studies. The center serves children from six weeks of age through prekindergarten at two local sites: Brown Academy on the UTC campus and Battle Academy downtown. The Tennessee Department of Human Services licenses the center. Accredited since 1987 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the center was the fourth program accredited in the state of Tennessee and the first in the University of Tennessee system. The prekindergarten program is approved by the Tennessee Department of Education. Priority for enrollment is given to children of UTC faculty, staff and students.
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.
The Children's Center operates:
- To provide a developmentally appropriate early childhood education program for the children enrolled.
- To serve as a training facility for students in the Early Childhood Education program in the School of Education and other related fields.
- To serve as a model early childhood education program for the Chattanooga area.
- To provide childcare services for UTC faculty, staff, and students, and others in the community as space permits.
The Children's Center provides observation and participation activities which prepare professionals to work with young children and their families.
For enrollment information contact the Coordinator at either site: Battle – 209-5735 or Brown – 209-5740