Eugene Child Development Center offers programs for Infants through Pre-Kindergarten. Our School Age Program is "on hold". 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.
At this time, our Enrichment Programs are suspended due to COVID-19. We look forward to the day when we can re-incorporate our music, language, gymnastics, swimming lessons and field trips back into our day to day curriculum. In the meantime, we are focused on continuing to provide the best curriculum we can to our children and their families.
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.
Our Infant Room is currently "on hold". We are accepting applications for our Wait List.
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 a transition room from children moving from an infant schedule to a young toddler schedule. This room gets to do some of the things the big kids do, but the classroom has flexibility built in. Our Wobblers have a playground outside that they share with the Toddlers (2-year-olds). They get to play in a classroom designed just for them, go on buggy rides in the community, and play outside every day, weather permitting. The focus of the Wobbler Room is transitioning from an infant schedule, developing language and social skills, and encouraging independence.
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. They also share a playground with the Wobblers and play outside daily.
The preschool program 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 children participate in Teacher-led activities and are given opportunities to follow their own individual interests also. One goal is Kindergarten preparation, with a focus on math, literacy, writing, and social skills. Another goal is that we believe that learning can take many forms - such as through dance, art, music, story telling and outdoor play - and we give them opportunities to experience all these elements in their day.