Childhood Development Lab School

The Childhood 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 preschool, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten programs, the Childhood Development Center provides families in the city of Chester with early learning opportunities for their children, while serving as a learning laboratory for student-teachers in our Center for Education, as well as in-the-field learning for future social workers earning degrees through our Center for Social Work.

Licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a private academic nursery, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten and by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as a day care center, families can enroll children for the academic school year (September through June) and summer camp program (June through August). The Child Development Center is also accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Our approach to learning, keeping with our Widener values, is about nurturing a child’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical development. With our staff of certified teachers, teacher assistants, future teacher candidates and faculty members, we encourage learning through play to explore, discover, experience, and succeed.

As an example of our mission that calls us to address our region’s most pressing concerns through civic engagement and leadership, the Childhood Development Center extends our influence not only beyond our campus to include the Chester neighborhoods, but also to future generations that may call Chester their home.