Child Development Center to accept applications for preschool students starting Feb. 1

Child Development Center
Two children playing in a sandbox in the USAO Child Development Center.

USAO's celebrated Child Development Center will begin accepting applications for preschool-aged students on Feb. 1.

The Child Development Center gives early childhood education majors the opportunity to teach prior to embarking on their professional careers. The center’s curriculum focuses on language development, the enhancement of self-concept, sensory acuity, motor development, concept formation and living skills. The center provides an enriched and developmentally appropriate environment where young children can explore, discover, experiment and learn to make good choices.

“This program has proven itself beneficial in the areas of cognitive, social, emotional, physical and linguistic development among the three- and four-year-olds attending,” said Shaylee Kimbro, instructor in early childhood education and director of the Child Development Center. “By allowing such in-depth, hands-on experience in the pursuit of an education degree, the center also produces confident and well-prepared future teachers in Oklahoma.”

The Child Development Center is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. during the fall and spring trimesters. There is a $600 fee per child, per trimester, and enrollment is limited to 16 children. Participants must be three years of age by Sept. 1 to attend the three-year-old program and at least four years old by the same date to attend the pre-kindergarten program.

Application forms can be found online at or in Gary Hall 101A on the USAO campus. All forms must be hand-delivered to Gary Hall 101A. No digital copies will be accepted.

For more information, contact Kimbro at (405) 574-1230 or

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