The Courthouse Children's Center (CCC) is a free drop-in child care center located at the Broome County Family Courthouse. The center accepts children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age and is a safe place for children to play while their adult is taking care of Family Court or Drug Court business. The CCC staff are Family Enrichment Network employees with Early Childhood Education training.
In the Center the children are offered a wide range of educational and fun experiences and the sensory table is a special favourite of most children. Sand, water, dirt , snow, birdseed and other sensory items are utilized with activities being changed each month. The sensory table offers children a soothing activity as they enjoy the feel of all the different textures while they dig and play with the buckets, funnels, little shovels and a variety of other tools. For some children the sensory table is the first place to play during their stay in the center.
Every month, activities based on a different theme are offered and easel painting is always available. The Center also has a separate play area for infants and toddlers with age appropriate toys.
Through the CCC Literacy program each child receives a book to take home after each visit. The parents/caregivers also receive a take home packet consisting of community information, and parenting information that changes monthly. Also included are simple fun activities matched to their child's age range for the adult and child to do together. Oftent e take home activities are linked to the Center's current monthly theme.
As another service for the families who use the center, the staff are happy to make referrals to any community resources that families may need.
Please let you family, friends and co-workers know that the Courthouse Children's Center is available Monday through Thursday from 9:15 AM to 4:45 PM and Fridays from 9:15 AM until Noon. The staff are happiest when the Center is full of children. The Courthouse Children's Center is a place where children can have fun, learn, be safe, and just be children away from the drama of the family court waiting room.