Frequently asked questions

Where is the program located?

The CDP is located in the McClaskey Building on the WSU Vancouver campus. Housed on the main floor, two preschool classrooms and a main office area are on the west end of the building, and the younger 2 ½ – 3 ½ year old classroom and children’s library are a short walk down an adjoining hall on the east end of the building.

Both entrances have secure doors and share an enclosed playground that runs the length of the building. Non-permit parking for drop-off and pickup is located adjacent to the west entrance.

What hours is the program open?

The preschool classrooms are open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

When is the program closed?

In general, closures for the CDP include a one-week winter break, a one-week at spring break, and break for the first two to three weeks in August.

How can I enroll my child?

Admission to the preschool program is available on a first-come-first served basis. Interested parents must complete a required waiting list application form (PDF) and pay a nonrefundable fee of $35 to be eligible for selection.

Who are the program staff?

Seven early childhood specialists make up the program staff including preschool teachers and a program coordinator. Staff are selected on the basis of educational preparation and training, teaching experience and capacity to establish positive relationships with children, their families and adult students from WSU Vancouver.

The permanent staff are supported by university students, many of whom may work part-time or are acquiring experience in early childhood settings in preparation for careers in education, human services or a related field. Faculty in the Department of Human Development also provide input and support.

Does the program meet state educational standards?

The program content meets and exceeds state expectations for experience in early childhood as outlined in the Washington State Department of Early Learning and Development Benchmarks (guidelines that define appropriate developmental characteristics and experiences for children in multiple areas of development from 0 to 60 months of age).

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.

Washington Early Achievers seal

NAEYC Early Learning Programs accreditation seal

Can I visit the program?

Visitors are always welcome, and you may take a tour any time between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please make arrangements by calling 360-546-9722.