Though the ESU Center for Early Childhood Education was recently licensed in 2004, its predecessors were established programs on the ESU campus for many years. The ESU Child Development Center (CDC) was in operation since 1982. The Butcher Preschool began in the early 1970’s. They both merged their programs together in August of 2004 to form the ESU Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE).
The CECE, now located in the Butcher Education Center at 15th and Merchant (view map), strives to provide a high quality early childhood environment for children of ESU students, faculty, and the surrounding community. In addition, CECE serves as a practicum and observation site for ESU students training to be early childhood and early childhood special education teachers. CECE's campus location also makes it an ideal location for research and development activities for both ESU faculty and students studying young children.
The CECE is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to provide child care for children 12 months (and walking) through school age. CECE has a long history of providing quality early childhood education and child care. The CECE is also licensed to serve as an SRS provider.
The CECE operates on a slightly different calendar than the University. We offer our toddler & preschool programs during the summer as well as our Summer School Age Program. Our school is open from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Priority enrollment is given to ESU students and/or faculty needing child care. The Toddler, Preschool I and Preschool II Classrooms offer full day schedules only.