The program is made up of teachers, students and parents working together to provide high-quality, affordable childcare to the student-parents and working professionals of Western Washington University. The program manager and early childhood specialists who administer this program have many years of education and experience in the field.

The CDC offers 56 spaces for children ages 2-5. Based on their ability and interest, children are subdivided for activities designed to stimulate their development at their level of readiness and need. Each group has its own area and staff experienced in early childhood education and development. The staff plans a variety of classroom activities including art projects, field trips, story time, cooking experiences and more.

Breakfast is provided as is a full lunch and mid-afternoon snack. The food program meets U.S.D.A. Child and Adult Care Food Program standards and is based on a menu using whole grain and natural food products.

Who does the Center serve?

The Child Development Center admits children with the following priority:

  • Children of A.S. fee-paying students by date of application. (6 credits or more)
  • Children of employees by date of application regardless of student status.
  • Children of alumni by date of application, provided space availability.

Where is the Center located?

Fairhaven College on East College Way, bottom of building 11 and 12 on Western's South campus.

When does the Center operate?

7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, during scheduled sessions of Western Washington University and some inter-sessions.

What are the roles of parents in the program?

Under the guidance of staff, parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom with the children in their child's group. We maintain NAEYC raios within each classroom, having one lead teacher, one or 2 qualified student assistants and one or two volunteers. Qualified students have received 12 or more credits in ECE or Elementary education. These ratios, along with parent support, contribute greatly to the quality of care provided at the CDC.

GroupTeacher: ChildClass Size
Age 2 1:6 12
Age 3 1:7 14
Ages 4-5 1:8 16

*Ratios do not include parents or non-qualified students

Mission & Goals

Student-parents and professionals of the WWU campus community face multiple challenges in meeting the needs of both work and family. The Associated Students Child Development Center seeks to support the campus community in providing for the social, intellectual and physical needs of their children, enabling students and staff to achieve academic and professional success.

  • Provide quality childcare available on a sliding fee scale in a safe, high-quality and healthy environment.
  • Support the total growth of children: intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.
  • Build a sense of community among all participants in the program, provide family support and become an advocate for quality childcare.
  • Offer opportunities for volunteerism and student practicum in a variety of academic disciplines.

Special Extra Activities

  • Field trips into the community
  • Guests from the community
  • Weekly swimming at Western's pool
  • Weekly use of Western's Gym
  • Access to Western's Science Labs
  • Access to Sehome Arboretum
  • Access to the Outback Gardens


The center is a certified program meeting State Minimum Day Care Licensing Requirements and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).