USAO Child Development Center

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma offers a preschool program in its acclaimed Child Development Center. Early childhood education majors have the opportunity to teach in the Center prior to their professional trimester.

Shaylee Chester, Director of the Child Development Center talked of the program's continued success, "This program has proven itself beneficial in the areas of cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and language development among the three and four year olds attending."

The Child Development Center is open from 9-11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday during the fall and spring trimesters. Fees are $600 per child, per trimester. Enrollment is limited to 16 children, and children must be at least two years of age before applying and at least three years of age by September 1 to attend the three-year-old program and at least four years of age by September 1 to attend the pre-kindergarten program.

Application forms may be downloaded here or obtained at the USAO Child Development Center in Gary Hall 101A or Gary Hall Education Office. Gary Hall is located at the corner of 17th Street and Alabama. No digital copies will be accepted as an official application form. All forms must be hand delivered to Gary Hall Education Office. No applications will be accepted prior to February 3, 2020.

Dr. Donna Gower, Vice President of Academic Affairs added, “We continually strive for a quality program for our young children, our parents and the college students."

According to Gower, the kindergarten readiness curriculum focuses on the achievement of the following goals: enhancement of self-concept, language development, sensory acuity, motor development, concept formation and living skills. Teacher candidates from the USAO College of Education assist with teaching so the student to teacher ratio is very small giving students lots of one-on-one attention.

child development center classroom image shows lockers, a table full of arts and crafts and toys two children playing at a station filled with sand

“Because young children have an insatiable curiosity and an urge to explore, discover and experiment, they are provided an enriched and developmentally appropriate environment where they can make good choices,” Gower said.

Additional information about the program is available from Shaylee Chester by phone at (405) 574-1230.