Child Development Center

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Welcome to the Southwestern College Child Development Center web page! Here you will find a host of information on our facility, including current tuition fees, curriculum approach, and an application.

The Child Development Center was established out of a desire to provide convenient, affordable child care services to the students and staff of Southwestern College, as well as to the residents of nearby communities. The Center currently serves an average of 144 children – ages 2 to 5 years – per day in six classrooms and focuses on the individuals needs of each child.

NAEYC Accreditation

A Commitment to Excellence!

Southwestern College Child Development Center has been successfully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) consecutively for the last 15 years. This national recognition level reflects the quality of our center's program and our staff’s personal commitment to setting a high standard in our industry and within our community. The self-study and onsite validation are completed every five years. For additional information, you can visit their website at NAEYC.


The Center is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach and emergent curriculum. The Reggio Emilia Approach is based on several core principles: parent involvement, enriched setting and collaboration among parents, teachers, children and the community. This educational philosophy developed within the town of Reggio Emilia , a community in northern Italy shortly after World War II. These schools encourage children to explore their environment and express themselves through their natural languages.

Emergent projects are in department studies of concepts, ideas and interests that arise within the group. Staff pose ideas and children provide feedback that creates the direction of the project. Parents and the community can also be part of this process.

Hours of Operation

Fall and Spring Semesters:

Preschool classroom, including transitional classroom

Full Day Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Half Day Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 12 noon

Two-year-old classroom

Full Day Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 5 pm
Daily Schedule (PDF)
Family Handbook (PDF)

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