All About UNOW

Contact Information and Hours of Operation

Welcome to University NOW Day Nursery (UNOW)!! This family manual describes the center from its philosophical foundation to its daily operations.  We encourage you to read it carefully and save it for future reference.  If any of your questions are not addressed in the manual, please feel free to call the UNOW main office.

  • Location: 185 Broadmead St., Princeton, NJ 08540
  • Main office contact: 609-258-9600
  • Director: Susan Bertrand
  • Email:
  • Website:
  • Hours of Operation: Regular Hours – 8:00 am to 6:00 pm


To provide a joyful, play-based learning experience; to nurture all aspects of a child’s development.


All children and families can flourish and do their best for themselves and their community.

Program Description and History

University NOW Day Nursery is a quality child care program licensed by the State of New Jersey and has been accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since 1996. We pride ourselves in providing high quality care with teacher to child ratios that meet or exceed NAEYC recommendations, small class sizes and low staff turnover.

UNOW has been in existence for nearly 50 years as a non-profit organization and maintains a vibrant partnership with Princeton University to provide care and education for children 3 months to 5 years in the Princeton campus community. UNOW is primarily a full-day, full year program with operating hours between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. Enrollment for an academic year is also available to families.

UNOW was established in 1970 with the aid of Princeton University and the Central New Jersey Chapter of the National Organization for Women. (N.O.W.).  While UNOW is no longer affiliated with N.O.W., we retain the acronym to acknowledge our commitment to an equal-opportunity environment for children, free of stereotypes. We promote an anti-bias culture that embraces the uniqueness of each child and family.

With the support of Princeton University, UNOW expanded and moved into a brand new, state of the art facility built on the Princeton campus in September of 2017.  The move brought UNOW’s enrollment from 85 children to 160 in fall 2018.  More children and families in the Princeton University community are now able to benefit from the quality early child care at UNOW.

Philosophy and Beliefs

The UNOW Day Nursery seeks to provide a lively learning experience in which all aspects of a child’s development - physical, social, emotional and cognitive are equally important. All children possess the right to learn in their own way and at their own pace. Learning is a continual process of discovering the self, interacting with other human beings and the world.

UNOW’s Core Values: I.N.S.P.I.R.E us to flourish!

Inclusive, Nurturing, Safe, Play, Integrity, Relationships, Environment

Inclusive: Creating a welcoming community with respect for all individuals and families to embrace our legacy of feminism and social justice.

Nurturing: Valuing compassion, care, and love for each other, ourselves, our community, and our world.

Secure: Developing a safe environment for children to express themselves, explore their world, make mistakes, and take risks.

Play: Fostering a child's imagination, curiosity, sense of wonder, and joy of learning.

Integrity: Promoting honesty, moral courage, and personal responsibility.

Relationships: Building and strengthening connections among children, families, teachers, community, and the world.

Environment: Shaping learning spaces that promote exploration, appreciation, and understanding of our community and the natural world.