UNOW's Timeline

Major milestones in UNOW's history

Erika Gilfether portrait

2022 jan

Erika Gilfether becomes UNOW's twelfth director.

2020 aug

UNOW celebrates its 50th year.

Princeton community celebrates 100 years of women's suffrage. 

2020 mar

COVID-19 forces UNOW to temporarily close.

 The exhibit on the lower level of Frist is titled “Sis! Boom! Ah!” In the foreground is a photo of T’sai-Ying Cheng, who earned her doctoral degree in 1964 and was the first woman awarded a Ph.D. from Princeton. In the background is a photo of renowned writer and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison teaching on campus.

Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications


Princeton University celebrates 50 years of co-education.

Alumnae leaders reflect on 50 years of undergraduate coeducation at Princeton 
A small library adjoins the main lobby, where overhung windows are designed to allow winter light in but keep summer sun out.

Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications

2017 sep

UNOW opens new facility at 185 Broadmead.

Read the story on
Children looking at construction through a chain link fence.

Photo credit: Carolyn Jones


Construction begins on new UNOW facility.


Princeton University announces plans for second daycare. These plans, were of course, abandoned in favor of expanding existing UNOW facility.

Princeton University launches competitive bidding process to run the new UNOW facility and awards contract to run the new UNOW facility to the existing UNOW administration.

Maryann Thompson Architects chosen to design new daycare center. Visit the architect's website for the conceptual plan.

Headshot of Susan Bertrand


Princeton University extends childcare subsidies for graduate students. Read the Daily Princetonian article "U. Increases Parents’ Perks."

Susan Bertrand becomes eleventh director of UNOW.


As a response to the Taskforce on Health and Well-Being, Princeton University launches the Child Care Working Group, chaired by Professor Joan Girgus, to consider family friendly policy recommendations for graduate students.


Louise Powell becomes tenth director of UNOW.

Three adults and two children smiling at the infant

Vivian Shapiro, left, wife of Princeton University President Harold Shapiro and a clinical researcher in child development, chats with the Broh family at the opening of the University's new infant-toddler day care program at the U-NOW Day Nursery School. Ten-month-old Raphael Broh, one of the program's first participants, is held by his mother, Jennifer Hochschlld, professor of politics, while his father, C. Anthony Broh, University Registrar, and his sister Leah, who attended U-NOW for four years, look on.

Photo credit: Town Topics, November 27, 1991

1991 nov

UNOW enrolls infants for the first time.

Read the Town Topics article "New Infant Care Rooms Opened At University"

1990 nov

Princeton University's Standing Committee on the Status of Women asks UNOW to provide infant care.

Read the Daily Princetonian article "Panel On Women Advocates Review"


UNOW receives first accreditation from National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Connie standing with two children.

Connie Struve, new director of the Unlverslty-N.O.W. Day Nursery, snuggles Graylln Vincent led, and Charlie Annlch, both students at the school. A certified early childhood teacher, Ms. Struve has been associated with the nursery school in various capacities for 10 years. Photo credit: Town Topics August 1, 1984


Connie Danser becomes eighth UNOW director.

Read the Town Topics article "New Director Named"


Wanda Fountain becomes seventh UNOW director.


Tamara Gamerdinger becomes sixth UNOW director.


Ann Rue becomes fifth UNOW director.

Two children sitting by sandbox

Ayana Smith and friend.


Helen Green Neuburg (Greenie) becomes fourth UNOW director.

Joyce Hamilton becomes third UNOW director.

The words "Parents Handbook" above 1970's UNOW logo.

Cover art of the 1970's Parents Handbook.


Negotiations between UNOW and Princeton University to renew contract begin.

Contract between UNOW and Princeton University renewed.

Bette Soloway becomes UNOW's second director. 

Photo of old UNOW building


In May, NOW asks Princeton University to provide premises.

In June, Princeton University agrees to provide 185 Broadmead as premises for new nursery school. Name changes to University Now Day Nursery. Read more about "The Creation of Princeton Day School" (PDF). 

In August, Princeton community celebrates 50 years of women's suffrage.

In September, UNOW welcomes first students.

Francesca Stonaker (now Benson) is UNOW's first director.