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Center for Child Development
Kansas State University
1400 Jardine Drive
Manhattan, KS 66506

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Temporary Hours
due to COVID-19

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Standard Hours
of Operation

7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


The Center is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to serve

  • 218 children, ages 6 weeks to 5 years
  • 28 children in the summer program, ages kindergarten through 12 years

The Center provides full-time programs Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Programs by age

The center uses the state licensing age guidelines below when placing your child. Learn about the curriculum.

Infant, Toddler and Twos
  • Child/adult ratio 3:1
  • 6 weeks to 12 months and walking
  • Child/adult ratio 5:1
  • 12 months and walking to 24 months
  • Child/adult ratio 7:1
  • 2 years to 3 years old

The Infant/Toddler curriculum philosophy is centered on the premise that infants and toddlers thrive on attachments to special caregivers.

Through secure attachments children feel more comfortable exploring their environment. Therefore, one of your child’s teachers will serve as his or her primary caregiver. Although both teachers will develop positive, trusting relationships with your child and develop individualized plans for your child, the primary caregiver will meet most or your child's diapering, feeding, and napping needs as well as other daily routines.

The Center also practices continuity of care. This means within each Infant, Toddler and Twos "community", the teaching staff in all three rooms will work together as a unit; all teachers will get to know the children through intentional and regular efforts both indoors and outdoors. Because the children will be familiar and comfortable with the teaching teams of their community, the transition process will be smooth and less stressful for the children.

Our Center provides trained infant and toddler teachers who are preparing themselves and the environment for these very young children to grow and develop at their own pace, feel proud of their many accomplishments and discover the world through exploration and play.

  • Child/adult ratio 10:1
  • 2.5 years to 4 years old
  • Child/adult ratio 12:1
  • 4 years to school age

The preschool philosophy is centered on the premise that young children learn best in a safe and nurturing environment. Opportunities exist to help children develop and learn through age and individually appropriate activities.

The program promotes children's active exploration in all areas of development: social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language.

Teachers prepare the environment and plan activities that are appropriate for the age span of the children in the classroom while considering the different needs, development, and interests of each individual child.

Teachers help children explore consequences, make choices and negotiate social conflicts. Teachers extend children's knowledge and vocabulary through the use of thoughtful conversations and asking open ended questions. Teachers model respect, acceptance, and empathy, support each child's accomplishments, provide encouragement, and increase self-esteem by providing increasingly challenging activities at which children can be successful.

In addition to the indoor classroom, our philosophy sees the outdoor learning environment as an equally important component of children's learning. Teachers provide consistent outdoor time to encourage children's understanding and respect for their world and its natural resources.

School-Age Children Summer Program
  • Child/Adult Ratio 14:1
  • meets the criteria for admission to grades kindergarten through 12 years in Kansas public schools

Our school-age summer program will take your child on a learning adventure! This summer program will be filled with numerous projects, partnerships, and learning activities. Explore with us as we visit our campus, the Manhattan community, and the Flint Hills region of Kansas.

View the details including enrollment and fees.