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About the CDC

The Ohio University Child Development Center (OU CDC) serves as a model for best practices in Southeastern Ohio. Our mission is to provide a challenging curriculum based on Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) and influenced by Constructivism and the Reggio Emilia Approach, strengthen relationships between children, families, the Center, and the community, provide a space for the education of OHIO students, and serve as a site for research.

More about our curriculum, philosophy, and education of OHIO students can be found in our Family Handbook.

About our Classrooms

The Center has seven classrooms: two Infants (six weeks to 18 months), two Toddlers & Twos (18 months to three years), and three Preschool (three to five years) classrooms. The Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The infant classrooms serve 8 children between the ages of six weeks and 18 months. The program stresses the importance of meeting the social and emotional needs of infants and young toddlers and the need for an enriched environment. Experiences are provided to enhance children’s cognitive, sensory, motor and language development. The program is highly individualized and activities are based on the developmental needs of the children in the room. Two Master Teachers and Professional Interns staff these classrooms. Individual child schedules are followed throughout the day.

The toddler classrooms each serve 12 children between the ages of 18 months and three years. The program offers children experiences that emphasize emotional and social development as well as the development of cognitive, language, physical, sensory perception, spatial ability, creative expression, and self-awareness. Two Master Teachers and Professional Interns staff these classrooms. 

The preschool classrooms each provide experiences for 17 to 18 children between the ages of three and five. Experiences are based on an understanding of the social, cognitive, emotional, and physical needs of the children in the program. Experiences in art, music, dramatic play, language arts, reading, blocks, science, and mathematics are offered daily. The children also have many opportunities to explore the outside environment and community. Two Master Teachers and Professional Interns staff each classroom.

More information about classrooms and sample daily schedules can be found in the Family Handbook.

Accreditation and Licensing Information

The Center is licensed by the OHIO DEPARTMENT OF JOBS AND FAMILY SERVICES. The license and inspection reports are posted in the main hallway. The law and rules governing child care are available in Room 104 for review upon request. The Center’s licensing records including compliance report forms and evaluation forms from the health, building, and fire departments are available upon request from the Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services. Currently, the Center’s licensed capacity is 99 children.

The toll-free complaint number for ODJFS is 1-866-886-3537, option 4.


The Center is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.

The Center has recently re-accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The administration, teaching staff, and families of Ohio University Child Development Center are all being congratulated for earning the mark of quality represented by the NAEYC Accreditation system.

The NAEYC Accreditation was granted on October 28, 2015, and is valid until April 1, 2021.



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For more information please contact:
The Ohio University Child Development Center
Horse Barn Lane
The Ridges, Building 27, Tel: 740-593-1819