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Coronavirus COVID-19–Update

WSU Children’s Center completed their reopening plan in late May and began vetting the plan with various university entities. On July 9, the President’s Cabinet approved the plan for reopening.

The Center is resuming child care for summer enrolled families starting July 16, 2020.  All these summer enrolled families have been contacted.  Families who had previously registered to begin or continue enrollment at the beginning of fall semester will be contacted during the week of July 20 to update plans/confirm start dates.

We continue to take applications for enrollment; enrollment capacity may need to temporarily decrease to follow COVID guidance from health officials.  See Waitlist FAQ page for enrollment information.


  • To provide children with a caring, safe, nurturing, relaxed, and developmentally appropriate environment.
  • To provide an atmosphere for growth – physical, social, emotional, and intellectual – by encouraging children to be curious, ask questions, and develop their own ideas and responses to the environment.
  • To provide a well-rounded daily schedule that includes:
    • child-directed free play – indoors and outdoors
    • organized activities such as songs, stories, and games
    • opportunities to explore, create, and be successful
    • time to develop and practice self-help skills
    • a relaxed and respectful social atmosphere
    • nutritious meals and snacks
    • rest and relaxation
  • To create a positive and respectful environment that enhances the individuality of each child and contributes to feelings of confidence and greater self-worth (self-esteem).
  • To value and appreciate the differences of each child and family by embracing cultural, ethnic, language, ability, gender, and other unique characteristics.
  • To promote positive role models for children through the careful selection and continual professional development of dedicated teachers and staff.
  • To create a partnership with families by encouraging parents to actively participate in the program.
  • To be a model early learning program for WSU and our community.