UNOW History

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.


In September 2020, we will celebrate our 50th anniversary! To commemorate the occasion, we have launched the UNOW & Then project, a collaboration between UNOW, Princeton University students, and the Princeton community. 

UNOW & Then is an oral history project that both captures and preserves five decades of stories, photographs, newspaper articles and other documents about our school. We have already started! On our project website, UNOW and Then, you will find many inspiring voices.

Please help us spread the word by forwarding this link to other UNOW families!  You can stay informed about upcoming events, news, and opportunities as well as update your email address here.