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The Western Oregon University Child Development Center (CDC) serves families with children 18 months to age 12. We are located at the northwest corner of Monmouth Avenue and Stadium Drive, right behind Campus Public Safety.  Our new home has larger classrooms, more student restrooms, a great lobby to welcome families and a huge, fenced backyard with grass and trees. Our goal is to partner with parents to prepare our young Wolf Pups for Kindergarten and beyond.

For more information regarding enrollment, email CDC Director Tammy Gardner.

What makes learning at CDC special?

Our curriculum integrates creative play and project-based programing because play is child’s work.  Children learn content through investigation and focused intentional teaching.  Each day, teachers prepare an interesting and supportive environment with a variety of activity choices which advance children in their development. Studies have shown that learning through creative play does more than stimulate physical, social-emotional, intellectual and creative development. Play is also the primary means by which children explore the world, investigate its properties, and build an understanding about how the world works.  Project-based learning is incorporated as a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore their questions about real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they are studying.

Located on WOU’s campus, we have access to a wide range of resources and opportunities to enhance our curriculum: Science, technology, sports, outdoor adventures, Hamersly Library, music, arts and theater. Together with WOU’s  professors we are able to answer your child’s questions as they arise and explore their interests in depth. With our child development professionals at their sides, children are assured of getting the care and support they need, the creative learning experiences they enjoy, and the intellectually challenging opportunities they deserve. Where else in our community can children have access to all this knowledge at ages 18 months through 12 years of age?

After School Enrichment Program:

In collaboration with Western Oregon University resources, the Child Development Center (CDC) offers an after school enrichment program with a fun and engaging curriculum. The after school program focuses on exploration, adventure and (did we mention) fun. Activities are based on meaningful connections that enable children to deepen their knowledge-base and abilities. This program is available to children Kindergarten – 12 years old.