USAO child development center taking applications starting Feb. 1

Picture of a USAO student working with children in the Child Development Center.

USAO child development center taking applications starting Feb. 1


Programs for 3- and 4-year-olds available beginning this fall

The acclaimed child development center at The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will begin receiving and processing applications for fall 2016 enrollment beginning Feb. 1. Applications will be accepted through March 30.

Enrollment is limited to 16 children. Children must be at least three years old by Sept. 1, 2016 to attend the three-year-old program. To attend the pre-kindergarten program, children must be at least four-years-old by Sept. 1, 2016. The child development center is open from 9 – 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday during the fall and spring trimesters. Fees are $500 per child, per trimester.

Dr. Donna Gower, professor of education and director of the child development center, said the key to the successful program for 3- and 4-year-olds is quality. “We continually strive for a quality program for our young children, our parents and the college students,” Gower said. “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.”

The USAO Child Development Center offers children varied opportunities to learn in physical, social, emotional and intellectual areas. The curriculum and the environment are the results of careful planning based on the knowledge of child growth and development.

According to Gower, the kindergarten readiness curriculum focuses on the achievement of enhancement of self-concept, language development, motor development 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 plenty of individual attention.

Application forms may be obtained at the USAO Child Development Center in Gary Hall, located in Chickasha at the corner of 17th and Alabama, room 101 A.

For more information about the programs offered in the child development center, please contact Donna Gower at (405) 574-1230.

About University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is the state's only public liberal arts college with approximately 1,100 students. Its mission is to provide the public with a distinctive and accessible liberal arts and sciences education. In combining an interdisciplinary core curriculum with superior instruction in major fields of study, USAO aims to provide a thorough education that prepares students for meaningful, purposeful lives.