A Rich Heritage

In 1902, a small group of innovative women founded the SDN, where even the youngest child could feel safe, grow and learn. They realized that workforce progress depended on excellent childcare.
This mission continues! 


  • Quality Stars Rated ​​​
  • ​Participant Bright Stars for Brilliant Futures Initiative
  • ​Licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services
  • Participant in "Eat Well, Play Hard" Program
  • Offer a Creative Education Curriculum at all developmental stages


In 1997 when infant and toddler care was identified as an urgent need, the Board of Managers raised more than $1.2 million to renovate the building and expand services. Today, certified, caring professionals nurture the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of each child.

We are building the future! We are not only investing in our children's futures; we are investing in the future of Schenectady, the Capital Region and our children's children. Over the years we have served multiple generations within a family. Whether they become a scientist or a shop owner, our children receive the right tools to reach their full potential now, and build upon that to grow each day.


Infants & toddlers

Three & four-year olds


After school & summer programs