NAEYC Accredited

Center for Child Development


Kansas State University
1 Jardine Drive

Manhattan, Kansas-66506




“I never thought that my son would go to same childcare that I went to back in 1986. It has been a great experience. Jackson loves his teachers, and he loves coming here.” Alisha Comer, 22. K-State architecture student.



All classrooms have at least two adults present at all times. All classrooms have one full-time lead teacher and one full-time assistant teacher. All lead teachers have a minimum of a Child Development Associate Credential, and all teachers are actively involved in pursuing continuing education. In addition to the full time teachers, the center has teacher aides assisting in the classrooms throughout the day.

The lead teachers’ qualifications exceed state requirements for working with young children both through educational background and work experience. Assistant teachers are supervised by the lead teachers and have previous experience and attend ongoing training at the center.

Meet the center staff

The center staff includes:

  • Director, Rosie Mitchell (
  • Assistant Director, Terraketa Rumpson (
  • Infant, Toddler and Two Program Director, Marsha Tannehill (
  • Preschool and School Age Program Director, Kristen DeLaGarza (
  • Food Program Director, Britney Cowan (
  • HR Specialist, Ashley Lignitz (
  • Infant Specialist, position open
  • Accountant, Janice Delisle (
  • Lead teachers
  • Assistant teachers
  • Support staff / floating subs
  • Kitchen manager
  • Teacher aides
  • Food service assistants
  • Custodians
  • Office assistants

All staff is trained in First Aid, Recognition of illness and abuse, and has tuberculosis (TB) and Health Screenings.

The university runs a background check on all full-time employees. The search checks employees’ criminal history for felony and misdemeanor convictions and the sex offender registry at county and federal levels in every jurisdiction where a candidate currently resides or has resided in the last 7 years.