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The Children's Center


 Operated by Child and Family Resources, Inc.



What is The Children's Center?

"The Children's Center" is a free drop-in child care center for children whose families or caregivers have business in the Yates County Court. The center is a safe comfortable nurturing place which provides creative and educational activities, dramatic play, blocks, games and more for children while adults take care of court related issues. Children are provided with healthy snacks. Compassionate and supportive care is provided by two qualified staff and a volunteer.


Other services provided include referrals to other programs within the community, assistance with emergency needs and information for parents on childhood topics.

Operational funding is provided through community donations and through a grant issued by the NYS Office of Court Administration.


Where is The Children's Center?

The Children's Center is located on the first floor of the Yates County Courthouse Building,  at 415 Liberty Street in Penn Yan.


Who can use The Children's Center?

Any child from 6 weeks to 12 years of age can be in the Children's Center as long as their caregiver has a reason to be at the court building. This could mean a Family Court appearance or any other court business that take place in the Yates County Court. The drop in Center's maximum capacity is 6 children. Additional children can be placed on a waiting list. During hours of operation the Children's Center provides child care services only. Visits or other meetings are not allowed to occur in the Children's Center during this time.


When is The Children's Center open?

The Children's Center is open on Monday and Tuesday from 9:00am - 5:00pm, Wednesday from 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm and Friday 9:00am - 12:30pm when Yates County Court is in session.  



How can you use The Children's Center?

Plan to arrive a little bit earlier than your scheduled appointment, as you will need to give some important information to the Children's Center staff before you can leave your children. The staff will need to know your children's names, ages, food allergies, special care instructions, and the name of another adult for emergency contact. Caregivers must also provide diapers, ointments and formula as needed for infants.