Day Care Directory

The Alabama Department of Human Resources hosts a directory designed to provide information about Child Day Care Centers throughout the state of Alabama. You must select a county name from the drop-down menu to obtain a listing of the Day Care Centers located in that county. Relevant zip codes to search near UA campus are 35401, 35404, 35406, 35476, and 35473.

Capstone Learning Academy

Opening in September 2024, Capstone Learning Academy is a collaboration with The University of Alabama and KinderCare Education at Work and will be located at the former Northington Elementary School site. The program will welcome 250 children, serving employees and students looking for full-time child care services. In addition to the early childhood education curriculum, Capstone Learning Academy tuition includes breakfast, lunch and snacks for all children except for infants, and access to fun indoor and covered outdoor playgrounds. Enrollment will be on a first come, first served basis.

Supplemental Tuition Benefit: If you have a child ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, The University of Alabama’s contract with KinderCare provides a 10% savings on full-time, part-time, and drop-in tuition at other KinderCare centers near you (excluding the Capstone Learning Academy), or with Champions extended-day learning programs at participating elementary schools. Find your location, and get the routine, stability, and peace of mind you need.

The KinderCare contract is managed by the Enterprise Operations department within the Division of Finance and Operations. Additional details about registration and tuition rates are available in UA News. For more information or to begin the enrollment process, visit the Capstone Learning Academy website and complete the “Contact this center” section, or call 833-905-3276.

The Child Development Research Center

Completed in the summer of 2005, CDRC is dedicated to being a leader in the study of young children.  The CDRC is a state-of-the-art, 64,000 sq-ft research facility equipped with the latest multi-media research technology, 7 large research suites, and 8 research rooms.  The CDRC also has 10 children’s classrooms, complete with research and observation booths and access to a playground, which accommodates an on-site children’s program.  The Children’s Program is a laboratory school that enrolls students ages 0 – 5 yrs.  In addition, the CDRC houses Child Development Resources, which helps families across the state of Alabama, provide a safe, loving, and enriching life for their young children.

The RISE Program

The RISE program is designed to serve both young children with physical disabilities from birth to five years of age and to provide family-centered services designed to meet the individualized needs of all young children and families. RISE also provides a blend of educational therapy services within the context of a developmentally appropriate curriculum and prepares children for the transition to the next educational environment.

After School, Summer and Holiday Childcare

There are various camps available for children during the summer months and when school is not in session.

Kids Life

A free magazine available at many locations around town.  In the spring they have listings of different camps that will be available during the summer.

Tuscaloosa City Schools has a Summer Learning Academy during the month of June.

YMCA of Tuscaloosa,  Boys and Girls Club of West Alabama, and Tuscaloosa Parks and Recreation Authority offers summer camps, camps for days that school is out, and after school programs. Each of these organizations have in place programs to address the COVID-19 crisis and the shifting school landscape.

211 Connects Alabama

Dial 211 to connect with services to support  Children, Youth, and Families: child care, after-school programs, Head Start, family resource centers, summer camps, and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring, protective services.

Occasional Childcare

There are many national companies that help parents find a local caregiver (including babysitters, nannies, special needs, tutors, senior caregivers, pet sitters, and housekeepers). Options to explore for online providers where you can find, review, and book a caregiver are:,,, and