At the WSU Children’s Center we are doing our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Center suspended child care services Wednesday March 18 with a planned reopening April 27. With the extension of the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, we have extended our suspension of direct services until further notice. As new information becomes available,we will communicate with enrolled families directly and post updates here.
Update: As of May 18 2020, the Children’s Center is in planning mode for resuming childcare services, but does not yet have a date to do so. We are reviewing emerging guidance regarding best practice for childcare in our current COVID19 situation. We will establish protocols to decrease the risk of exposure that is inherent in group care and will communicate these new protocols directly to enrolled families as they are finalized. The reopening date will be set in consultation with WSU administration and following guidance from national, state and local health care officials. Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure the maximum level of health and safety for families and staff.
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.