With it’s small class sizes and a qualified teaching staff that is second to none, the personalized attention received makes each child’s experience feel less like a daycare and more like an extended family. After our son’s experience at Wichita State University’s Child Development Center, his Kindergarten teacher raved about how developed his social skills, manners and reading ability were the day he began Kindergarten.
- Aaron Aberg, father of Ethan who previously attended WSU’s Child Development Center
The best gift we’ve given our now four-year-old son is placement at the Child Development Center at Wichita State University. Prior to starting preschool here as a three-year-old, Henry was in home care with relatives. They loved him and doted on him, but he watched TV most of the day and didn’t have any enrichment or socialization. We had heard great things about the CDC and knew it had the benefits of a superb educational philosophy and superb staff being connected to a university. Well, the Center’s met all of our expectations and more. Henry immediately loved the classroom, was engaged with the variety of wonderful activities, and felt at home with the friends there. And notably, his behavior at home improved too! He was less contrary in the evenings and is a much happier little boy. We’re so thankful that if we can’t be with our child during the day, he has the best care and enrichment possible at WSU’s Child Development Center.
We cannot begin to express how grateful we are for all the CDC staff! It is hard for all new parents to leave their children for the first time, but the CDC put those first days worries to rest and our confidence in them couldn't be stronger! The CDC staff are always so kind and they truly care about the children in their care. The activities they do with the children, even as infants, are always creative and fun! We feel truly blessed that we have such great people taking care of our son while we are at work. They love him just as much as he loves them, and that is the best thing a parent could ever hope for in childcare.
Lucas and Amanda May
We've been with the CDC for nearly 4 years now, with 2 children enrolled. The opportunities that have been made available to our family via the CDC are so fitting to raising young children. The CDC has high standards for all teachers and we are witness to these standards every day; this center strives for excellence in safety, staffing, and curriculum... all in a loving, family-oriented environment. For us, having confidence in the center that is raising our children for 8 hours/5 days a week is of vital importance, and all of our expectations have been met. This center makes a positive impact on our children's lives every day, which positively impacts our family life. We are very grateful to Jill, Amy, and all of the teachers... our family loves you!
Scott & Sarah Ruud Family
One thing we are amazed about is when we put Nihal in CDC is how fast he got adjusted to everyone at CDC. We appreciate the entire CDC team the way they care, love and support our child. The team is very profressional and supportive. It is here where we saw smiles and enthusiasm in Nihal everyday when he came into the CDC. We saw the CDC team was very commited to our childs development. Thanks a lot CDC.
Vereesh and Deepa
When I found out our grandchildren would be going to a daycare I was a little apprehensive.Stay at home parenting was more often than not the alternative in our day
so I was concerned with a program outside of the home.Would there be one- on- one focus-----would the teachers love and take care of our grandchildren with the same attention
they receive in our family-----and finally would there be a stimulating educational program so that each child is prepared for Kindergarten.The warmth and loving environment
is obvious as both grandchildren love to go to school.And when it is grandparent day you will see all of the programming from reading to music to computer work----pretty
darn impressive watching a 3 year old working a computer! My compliments to all of the teachers and staff who make WSU CDC such a wonderful place for our grandchildren.
My son, Noah, started at the Child Development Center when he turned 2. Before starting there he had few words that he could speak. Within a couple of weeks, he was talking up a storm. I truly believe that the interaction he go at the CDC was extremely beneficial for his development. Noah turned 5 in January and will start school in August 2012. I’m positive that he is more than ready to start school. He can recognize letters and do basic math. It amazes me every day the things that he knows. Thank you to the staff of the CDC for loving my son and caring about his personal development.
Tanya and Curtis Wickersham
I had the privilege of working at the WSU Child Development Center (CDC) for three years while attending WSU. In my time at WSU, I was a full time student, dance team member, and member of many other student organizations. I sought a campus job because with my very busy schedule this was the only way I would be able to work while attending school. I heard through other students in the College of Education that the CDC was a great place to work and a great way to gain educational work experience. With a supportive administration, large staff, and flexible schedules, it is the ideal job for any college student. I gained more than a paycheck while employed at the CDC. I learned the life skills of caring for and understanding a child. The CDC held professional development trainings each semester to ensure the staff was well educated and prepared for their job. These trainings benefited me as an education student because the trainings always focused on how children learn and how to be an effective teacher which paralleled with my major. Working with the children also built character in the staff. I gained a sense of responsibility for having another person’s most important possession in my care. It also built cooperation skills as each staff member had to work together to ensure each child had the best care and education possible. Now as a teacher in the public school system, I am constantly critiqued for my positive interactions with the students. I owe these learned skills to my positive experience while at the CDC.
The Wichita State University Child Development Center is so much more than a daycare facility, the faculty creates an educational environment that allows each child to reach their full individual potential. There is a partnership between the educators and parents that encourages open communication. We have always felt we could bring any idea or question up for discussion and talk about it with the teachers or director. We also appreciate there are so many activities throughout the year that includes the child's family members like Grandparents Day, Family Picnic and Carnival. We have had the benefit of having two grandchildren attend the WSU CDC and we feel our Grandchildren are off to a great start. We extend a special thank you to everyone at the WSU CDC.
Lora and Whitney Boys (Grandparents of former students)
I have absolutely enjoyed my experience at the CDC. Not only do I get to be a positive influence in the lives of these children, but they also teach me lessons everyday. It's a blessing to have a job where the kids can turn any bad day around. The whole experience helped me decide that I want to pursue a Masters Degree in Early Childhood after my Bachelors in Elementary Education. I feel very comfortable with the staff and feel apart of the CDC family.
I like working at the Child Development Center because all of the staff is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their work. I know each member of the CDC team does their best to help the children grow and feel happy and safe. Even if I am stressed out with school, I can count on a positive environment at the CDC.
I could not be happier with the care and education my daughters receive at the WSU CDC. They love going to school every day to see their friends and teachers. Knowing that they are learning and having fun at the CDC has made my decision to return to work much easier, and I am confident their experience there will give them a head start when they begin elementary school.
Emily and Bryan Docking
The Child Development Center is an inspirational place where the next generation of youth are positively educated and developed. At this center there are no two days that are the same, the staff is great, and the kids always put a smile on my face.
My name is Liz Schoenthaler and I've been working at the CDC since January of 2008. To be completely honest I thought this job would be one I kept until I completed my freshman year due to the convenience of the dorms being next door. But almost 4 and a half years later I'm still here and the reason being is purely due to the fact that I fell in love with working at the CDC. Everything from the staff to the kids to the parents. I can honestly say that I enjoy going to work everyday the atmosphere is energizing and positive. Being a full time student flexibility is very important to me and Jill works hard to make sure our work and school schedules don't conflict. I recommend the CDC to classmates and teachers alike whether it being for their kiddos or if they're looking for a job, regardless the CDC is a wonderful place and I will continue my recommendations even after graduation.
The time my kids were at the WSU CDC was great. I never worried when I dropped off the kids. I am thankful they had such a caring, supportive, and safe place for day care. They learned so much - letters, sounds, days of the week, and lots more. And, they had plenty of opportunities to learn about sharing and being part of a group. They also got to experience some messy play that they probably wouldn't have done at home! The teachers really cared about the kids, and we were sad to leave.
I have had the privilege of working at the Wichita State University (WSU) Child Development Center (CDC) for the past four years. I am currently a senior at WSU, studying Early Childhood Development and Dance as well as an executive board member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. I sought after a campus job because with my very busy schedule I needed employment close to where I spend most of my time, which is at WSU. I heard through friends about the CDC and that it was a great place to work if you love children. Since my first day of work in April of 2008, I have not regretted accepting the position as a teacher assistant. The CDC is a family and I’m pleased to be a part of it. From the administration to the teacher assistants, everyone is treated with kindness and respect because we all have one goal in mind, which is to build a strong foundation of learning in the children.
The CDC is a great job for a college student. The facility is close to the campus, we have a large staff and your work schedule works around your classes. You get the opportunity to get hands on experience of working with children in multiple age brackets in a classroom setting. The CDC holds multiple in-services and trainings to make certain that all employees are equipped with the knowledge needed to nurture and educate the little lives that we interact with.
My job is more than just a paycheck to me. My employment at the CDC has allowed me to work first hand and gain experience in my future full time profession. I have gained multiple skills and knowledge that I could not have learned anywhere else. These skills are going to allow me to be an effective teacher when I am in my own classroom. Watching the children learn and grow is the greatest reward that I have ever gained and for that I give full gratitude to the WSU CDC.
Tiffany D. Roberts
As grandparents, it is very important for us to know that our grandchildren are in a safe, loving, structured, nourishing environment on a daily basis. That is why we are very appreciative and compassionate about WSUCDC. It was and is our grandchildren’s home away from home. In spite of the fact that we live 100 miles from Wichita, we have enjoyed the opportunity to attend most of CDC’s grandparent activities as well as some other CDC events. Besides grandparent visits we have very much enjoyed the carnivals, a field trip, and Dylan’s graduation. We also enjoy taking them or picking them up from day care. The teachers and personnel are all very friendly and it is obvious that they and the children have a very good and personal relationship.
Sincerely and lovingly,
My wife and I choose WSU CDC for our son. The center has never seemed to be a daycare to us at all. It has been a school. We have been impressed every week with the way our son has matured through his growth. He has continued to develop true skills through his years at the center with on going pleasure to watch. The staff and room leads have been very patient, kind, and encouraging to all the children, providing the neccassry wisdom to make sense of the every day curiousities of a child. If I ever have another child I would want them to be a WSU CDC SHOCKER.
Mr and Mrs Landers
We were clients of the WSU preschool in the early 90's. Our daughter is now 21. We had a very good experience there. I remember the staff was great and all the kids were great too. We have happy memories of a year-end picnic with all the parents. I also remember that our daughter, Bailey was always happy to get there each morning and was busy reading books in the "reading loft" when I picked her up. Our family had absolutely no complaints, as we were always treated well and Bailey had a great social life there for a 3 year old.