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Wichita State University Child Development Center

3026 East 21st Street North
Wichita, KS 67214

(316) 978-3109


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

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Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught We use a wide variety of curriculum, Big Math for Little Kids, Creative Curriculum, Handwriting without Tears, Jolly Phonics, Zoo Phonics, Beautiful Beginnings, Science is Simple, Social Studies for Children, etc.

From the Director:

Children learn best through play!

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We have individual lesson plans for each child, have a developmental portfolio on each child and offer monthly goals for each child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

It is the philosophy of the Wichita State University Child Development Center and its staff that children, their families and society benefit from high-quality early childhood programs. We believe that there is a critical link between a child's early experiences and later success in life. We believe that you cannot separate child care and education; children learn best through their play, interactions and experiences.
The learning environment at the CDC is structured in such a way as to give the child an opportunity to independently explore, select, create and problem solve. Classrooms are organized around interest centers and play areas that include art, math, science, language arts, blocks, dramatic play, cooking, and nutrition. CDC staff plan and facilitate these experiences for the total development of your child. We celebrate cultural diversity and incorporate multicultural perspectives throughout our curriculum.
Excerpted from the preschool's website


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on