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Hours: 7am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday
Phone: (610) 499-1097
Location: 1800 Walnut St. Chester, PA 19013
Zoom Meet ID: 393-62-5460
In 1981, the Child Development Center was founded to provide quality early childhood education for young children. Our program strives to be a model early childhood program for families, future teacher candidates, university students and the community. Our center is available for university students and individuals in the community to engage in clinical field experience, observation, lesson presentations, research and information sharing and staff development. Our program continuously fosters building strong partnerships with children, parents, families, students, faculty and the community. Our program celebrates diversity, traditions, cultures and individual differences.
Widener University Campus Safety provides additional security safeguards for the children, families and staff members at the center. Widener Campus Safety and Widener CDC staff members have access to cameras 24 hours a day. The center is locked at all times and permission to enter must be granted by the CDC staff members. The CDC has policies and procedures in place to protect the children and provide a safe and nurturing environment for young children.
The faculty members are reflective practitioners in that they reflect upon daily lessons presented to the children. The lessons are designed to meet the individual needs of the children. The faculty complete ongoing observations and assessments to crosswalk the curricula and standards. The faculty makes ongoing adjustments with curricula and lesson presentation to insure that the developmental needs of each child is being met. Parent Teacher Partnership is essential in planning, monitoring and assessing the developmental growth of our children.
Keystone Stars Program
The Child Development Center has a STAR 4 rating through the PA Keystone Stars and is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.
Keystone STARS is an initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to improve, support and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania. The Keystone STARS Performance Standards provide the foundation for the program. The Performance Standards are grouped into four levels. The Widener Child Development Center is rated with four out of four stars, which is the highest level achieved!
By maintaining our STAR 4 quality rating, we give parents additional assurance that their children are in a developmentally appropriate and supportive environment. It also acknowledges the efforts of our teachers who strive to give even our youngest students a well-rounded education. Our approach to learning is to nurture a child’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical development, as well as their individual creative skills.
— Dr. Noreen Yoder, former director
Visit education.pa.gov to learn more about the Keystone Stars program.
“The Child Development Center has been an amazing choice for our children, Dylan and Lucas, to develop and grow. I am extremely confident in the care and the educational foundation they have received there. My older son, now in our local elementary school, was extremely prepared both academically and socially for his entry into first grade – and I attribute a lot of that to the care and attention he received while at the CDC. The facility is remarkable with its excellent classrooms, great playground, and safety measures. The staff goes above and beyond on a daily basis to not only teach your child – but love them, too. As an entire family, we have created special bonds with the CDC. As a Widener employee, the CDC is not only convenient – it is affordable and a way to see your child during special events like the Halloween parade and the Easter Egg hunt. It’s even possible to slip over during lunch to be a guest reader!”
– Courtney Kelly
“My 4-year-old daughter, Joy, has been attending the Widener Child Development Center for two years now, and she loves every aspect of her school, especially the fenced-in playground where she can safely play. My wife and I feel blessed to have daycare at an affordable price. But cost is not the best aspect of the Widener Child Development Center – the teachers are. They are all excellent at teaching and taking care of the children like they would their own. Also, all teachers managing the classrooms have at least a master’s degree in their field. Dr. Noreen Yoder is the best childcare director I have ever seen, and she has the best childcare team in Delaware County.”
– Osmond Mbaeri
“I couldn’t wait for my son, Gavin, to become old enough to attend the Child Development Center. Working in public relations at the university, I often had the opportunity to write about the wonderful education afforded to students at the Child Development Center. I was truly impressed that the teachers all had advanced degrees and that they had set curriculum for the students – even the youngest ones – to ensure that the students were developing socially, emotionally and cognitively. Also, every time I interacted with the director, Dr. Noreen Yoder, and her administrative assistant, Jean Pitone AKA “Miss Jean”, I walked away thinking that they must be two of the most kind and caring individuals on the planet. Gavin is now in his first year at the Child Development Center. He had previously been at home with a family member, so I was nervous about how he would handle the transition into the school setting. Although we had tears for the first couple of drop-offs, he soon began looking for “Miss Jean” for comfort. He now looks for her every morning to get a hug. I truly feel as if I’m leaving him with family when I drop him off. I couldn’t feel more confident that he is in good hands.”
– Allyson Roberts
“My daughter attended the Widener Child Development Center (WCDC) for one year. During that time, she was exposed to a wonderful curriculum and a loving environment. The teachers and staff at the WCDC provide tremendous support and care not only to their students, but to their parents and the surrounding community. At the time of her enrollment, I was a parent returning to work after a year of being unemployed due to my family relocating. It was difficult to leave my daughter and return to work. However, she always left the center happy, with more knowledge, and great stories which put my mind at ease. Above all, the love and care that my daughter received was astonishing. I feel lucky to have found the WCDC when I did and grateful for her experience there. ”
– Aimee Guzowski
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