The Center for Child Development is part of the Programming for Children's Health, Development, and Learning mission of the Kansas Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research. As part of the mission of KIECER, the CCD is dedicated to teacher-education as well as interdisciplinary education and research in an effort to generate knowledge and apply the science of child development to education, research, policy, and practice for young children and their families and engage the communities in which they live and grow. We are committed to providing a rich and deep understanding of early childhood development informed by theory, research, and evidence-based practices.
The Center provides early childhood care and education programs for children of
- K-State students,
- staff, and
- community families.
The Center is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to serve 246 children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age at the Jardine site. Year round, the center provides care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. During the summer months, the center offers a Summer Camp for Kindergartners to the age of 12.
The Center is proud to be one of 8 percent of childcare centers accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Accreditation is a mark of excellence that is awarded by an independent, third-party organization when a center proves that it continuously maintains high standards of quality in early childhood education and care. To earn accreditation, a center goes through a rigorous evaluation process to ensure it meets standards of excellence that go above and beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements.