A.2. Mission, Vision, and Program Description


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 5:30 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.