Child Development Center

The Widener Child Development Center is one of the hallmarks of our community outreach effort to create a learning environment that connects our curriculum with societal issues through civic engagement.

Offering a unique day care, preschool, transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten program, the Child Development Center provides engaging early learning opportunities for children ages 2 years and 7 months to 5 years old. The CDC (Child Development Center) serves as a learning laboratory for teacher candidates in our Education Division, as well as in-the-field learning experience for: future social workers earning degrees through our Center for Social Work, future physical therapists earning degrees through Widener's Institute of Physical Therapy Education Doctoral Program, future nurses earning degrees in our School of Nursing, and future psychologists acquiring a degree through the School of Human Service Professions. The CDC also offers Widener students in all majors an opportunity for a wonderful internship experience.

The Child Development Center has a FOUR STAR rating through the PA Keystone Stars and is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a private academic nursery, transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten. The CDC is also licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (OCDEL) as a day care center. Families can enroll children for the academic school year (September through June) and summer camp program (June through August).

Our approach to learning, keeping with our Widener values, is about nurturing a child's intellectual, emotional, social and physical development, as well as their individual creative skills. With out staff of certified teachers, teacher assistants, future teacher candidates, and faculty members, we encourage learning through play to explore, discovery, experience, and succeed. The children are exposed to a stimulating educational learning environment.

As an example of our mission that calls us to address our region's most pressing concerns through civic engagement and leadership, the Child Development Center extends our influence not only beyond our campus to include the metropolitan community, but to future generations who may call these communities their home.