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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.

Due to the poor weather conditions, applications will be accepted starting on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 8 a.m. 

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.

Due to their insatiable curiosity the established developmentally appropriate environment provides young children the ability to explore, discover, and experiment while developing independece and confidence.

Information regarding the status of your application will be sent April 2021.

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

Children playing a shapes game in USAO's Child Development Center
Children doing arts and crafts in USAO's Child Development Center
Group of children in USAO's Child Development Center
Playroom in USAO's Child Development Center
Group of children singing morning songs in USAO's Child Development Center
Children coloring in USAO's Child Development Center

*Due to the current health conditions regarding Covid-19, the USAO Child Development Center takes great precaution in protecting its young children. If there are any changes regarding the Child Development Center upon acceptance you will be contacted.