Child Care Services 



The Salvation Army is committed to serving all families and children, including those with disabilities, by offering enrichment services that help children develop, learn and achieve success.

Our services provide:

  • A healthy, safe and supportive learning environment for children from all backgrounds
  • An opportunity to understand a child’s individual needs and design a learning experience that help them to grow
  • Parent education and parenting support on site at the centers
  • Opportunities throughout the year for parents to participate in center activities
  • Extended hours to support working families
  • Assistance with access to child care subsidies and funding


The Salvation Army, in partnership with Atonement Child Care Center and Family Based Child Care, provides Early Head Start services to nearly one hundred infants, toddlers and their families. Each child will have the opportunity to participate in an Early Head Start program until reaching his or her third birthday, while attending a New York State licensed child care center or family care provider. At the age of three, children will transition to Head Start and /or Universal Pre-Kindergarten. This collaborative program will include the following enrichment services:

  • Enhanced child development interventions
  • Specialized caregivers
  • Family support, including assistance with diapers and formula
  • Parent education and training
  • Health and nutrition screenings


The Salvation Army is very proud to join many other partners in Central New York to support early learning. We are working locally to implement the National Grade Level Reading Campaign, assuring all children reach grade level reading by the third grade. We are actively involved with the Early Education Alliance and The Literacy Coalition, which supports the Dolly Parton “Imagination Library,” that provides children and their families with a new book each month.

The Salvation Army collaborates with the Syracuse City School District by offering full time, enriched Universal Pre-Kindergarten instruction to all four year olds in our Cab Horse Commons Child Care Center. Cab Horse Commons also offers Head Start programming to three and four year olds through a collaboration with PEACE, Inc.


Early education is viewed as the foundation for childhood development. Social and emotional skills are learned, strengthened and considered as basic building blocks that begin to take shape while children are very young through play and with others. Research shows that 90% of a child's brain development occurs by 3 years of age and children who have access to health resources and early learning opportunities exhibit school readiness skills by age 5. This program supports children's development of secure attachment with peers and adults.

Infants and toddlers in our Day Care Facilities and the Early Head Start program receive high quality care in a supportive learning environment for both children and families. Teachers help in developing and refining skills to meet developmental milestones with assessments and individualized child planning. The continuity of care through our facilities allow stable and uninterrupted support to families and children. Funding support is available for those eligible.



Salina Infant Child Care Center
Capacity: 48 children, ages 6 weeks to 3 years
Hours of Operation: 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Cab Horse Commons Child Care Center
Capacity: 90 children, ages 6 weeks to 5 years
Hours of Operation: 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

School Age Child Care Center
Capacity: 35 children, ages 5-12 years
Hours of Operation:
2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. during school days
7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during school holidays, snow days and summer vacation


Director of Child Care and Education Services: Chandra Smith, (315) 479-1193

For Questions on Enrollment and Availability: Marybeth Kimball, (315) 479-1305


Day Care Services Application Form