About the Center – History

Corning Children’s Center was founded in 1980 as a non-profit, community-based organization. The seed was planted by executives at Corning Incorporated, who believed that high-quality child care was important both for their employees and for the entire community. From this beginning, the Center has maintained its focus on serving families throughout the community. A sliding fee scale helps to ensure that individuals at all income levels have access to our services.

Initially, our program was housed in a series of churches in Corning and Painted Post. In 1994 we moved to our current location on Arthur Street, and after many years broke ground on a new facility to meet our growing client and program needs. Our current home opened in 2009 and qualified as a LEED Silver-certified building by meeting rigorous standards in construction materials, energy conservation, recycling, and air quality. Discover more about our facility here.

In 2005, we became one of the first child care centers to earn Early Age accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Elementary Education. Find out more: see our timeline