Eugene Child Development Center offers programs for Infants through School-Age Children. We strive to make learning natural, enjoyable, and active. Through balanced curriculum, engaging activities, community involvement, and a welcoming space, we encourage children to act on their ideas, grow their problem-solving skills, work as a team, and develop as a whole person.
Eugene CDC offers healthy and nutritionally balanced meals throughout the day. With an in-house cook, the Center provides a full breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack, all included in the standard tuition cost. The Center meets all USDA standards on nutritional guidelines.
In addition to the Center's exceptional care program, we provide several curriculum enhancement programs throughout the year. These programs include language and cultural classes, music and instrument instruction, gymnastics, swimming lessons, and art. The Center also collaborates with community partners on an ongoing basis to offer guest speakers and educational opportunities on good citizenship.
We have playground areas for every age group and use them several times a day. We also go out for walks rain or shine (including the infants!). You may have seen our groups around town with our shiny name tags pinned to our rain coats.
The infant program provides lots of cuddling, personal attention, and quiet playtime appropriate for the babies. We maintain a low teacher-child ratio to provide opportunities for bonding between infants and care givers, meet each child's physical needs, and prevent over-stimulation. Babies are allowed the freedom to explore without confining equipment such as swings, highchairs, or walkers. Instead, babies are held or put on the carpet to wiggle, roll, and exercise their bodies. We also have a covered outdoor area specifically for the infants to explore safely.
Our Wobbler Room is comprised of our wonderful one-year-old graduates from the nursery and they get to do some of the things the big kids do! Our Wobblers eat in the dining room and have a playground outside that they share with the Toddlers (2-year-olds). They get to play in a classroom just for them, go on buggy rides in the community, have music class twice a week, and play outside every day. The focus of the Wobbler Room is transitioning to a toddler schedule, encouraging language and social skills, and developing independence skills.
The toddler program incorporates numerous group activities for children to develop social and emotional skills. Circle time, which includes stories read by the teacher and group singing, is a very important part of the toddler's day. Daily walks give children the opportunity to learn how to cooperate in a group with teachers and explore nature and the neighborhood around the Center.
The preschool atmosphere is nurturing, flexible, and respectful. Children have many opportunities to be social as well as the freedom to choose their own activities. The classroom is carefully designed to provide a variety of challenging and creative learning experiences. We believe play is central to young children's learning and the classroom is carefully organized to keep children involved and challenged.
This program provides a unique learning environment for ages 4-6 years. The focus is on choosing age appropriate activities that are challenging and will help the children be excited about learning. To help children prepare for kindergarten, the class is divided into small groups with each lead teacher to work on math, literacy, writing, and other skills. Children who are kindergarten age (age 5 by September 1) are provided a special kindergarten curriculum each afternoon that aligns with common core standards.
Our before & after-school program offers enriching learning opportunities in a fun activity-based environment for elementary school age children (K-5th Grade.) In addition to supporting what children learn in school, they will also form long-lasting friendships that enhance their development, growth, and self-confidence.