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Enrollment Priority

The Phyllis Bodel Childcare Center is affiliated with the Yale School of Medicine and offers an enrollment priority to members of the Medical School Community. University and Community families are welcomed to apply with the understanding priority will be given to parents with Medical School Affiliation. First priority is given to parents who are faculty, students or postdoctoral fellows at the School of Medicine. Parents who are officers at Yale New Haven Hospital or the Veterans Administration Hospital, or who are faculty, students, or staff in other departments at Yale University, are given second priority. Remaining space is available for families living in the New Haven community.

This priority scale is also used in administrating the Scholarship Fund. The Phyllis Bodel Childcare Center admits students of any race, color and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school; it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions, and scholarship funds.

Program and Philosophy


The Phyllis Bodel Childcare Center cares for children ranging in age from six weeks through pre-kindergarten. The Center provides a warm and supportive environment in which each child can develop and grow. The program is based on the belief that while human development progresses in a predictable sequence, each individual is developmentally unique. Activities enhance and challenge all areas of development -- physical, social, emotional, and intellectual -- at each stage of development. The curriculum and teaching are adapted to each child's individual abilities and interests, and activities are introduced when children are best suited to master them. Parents are welcome at the Center throughout the day to feed or visit with their children.


The Phyllis Bodel Childcare Center is committed to growth in our understanding of each child's individual physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. We strive to provide a quality early childhood experience that encourages cooperation, communication and social competence for all children. We recognize that the entire family comes to the childcare center and families are partners in this commitment. Phyllis Bodel Childcare Center offers opportunities that will permit children to leave our center with a belief and trust in themselves, their caregivers and in their ability to master their environment. Our mission is to cultivate children who are active learners, willing to explore, take risks and meet the challenges of their future.

Opening Hours

The Center is open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm all year except for holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year's.

Our History

The Phyllis Bodel Childcare Center originally was conceived and organized by women faculty and postdoctoral fellows at the Yale School of Medicine to provide on-site care for children of women in medicine. It was named in honor of Dr. Phyllis Bodel, a mother of three and the first director of Women in Medicine at Yale. The program began in 1979 with seven families.

Board of Directors 2020-2021

Board President: Erica Spatz (Faculty)

Vice President: Snigdha Jain (Parent)

Secretary: Emily Marsillio (Parent)

Treasurer: Lauren Campbell (Parent)

Parent Members:
Kathleen Corbin
Marie Renauer
Erin Williamson
Janitza Montalvo-Ortiz

Faculty Members:
Nancy Close
Mayur Desai
Merle Waxman

Community Member:
Kyeen Andersson
Daryn David
Erick Lundh