Child Development Program

CDP kids listening intently

The Child Development Program at WSU Vancouver offer a full-day program:

  • Full-day preschool for children ages 2 ½ to 5

The CDP is administered by WSU Vancouver’s Department of Human Development to give students opportunities to work with children. Faculty and staff also seek to enhance children’s development through support for families and children.

The program benefits from the stimulating environment and educational resources of a university setting. The program is open to all families.

Best practices curriculum

The Child Development Program seeks to provide a “best practices” model of early learning in a lab/research/teaching setting. The activities and experiences reflect innovative practices and learning opportunities to build children’s minds and bodies while establishing a foundation for more formal classroom learning.

Daily activities emphasize individual growth and development, with equal focus on all aspects of development—intellectual, emotional, physical and social. Activities are noncompetitive and inclusive.

The curriculum focuses on four areas:

  • Natural sciences
  • Literacy, language and symbols
  • Creative arts
  • Social competence skills

The Washington State Department of Early Learning’s Early Achievers, has awarded the Child Development Program its highest rating—a five out of five. The CDP is the only program in Southwest Washington and the first licensed childcare program in the state to earn this distinction. The CDP is also NAEYC accredited.


For more information

If you’d like to enroll your child in the program, we encourage you to schedule a visit. Contact us by email, or call 360-546-9722.

Adult undergraduate students interested in studying early childhood education (child development) should contact the Department of Human Development for further information.