Center for Early Childhood Education
About the CECE
The CECE, located in the Butcher Education Center at 15th and Merchant, strives to provide a high quality early childhood environment for children of ESU students, faculty, and the surrounding community. 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 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.
Being part of the university campus, the CECE is affiliated with The Teachers College at ESU.
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.
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 established in 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 constantly maintains adult child ratios that meet or exceed the standards mandated by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. At maximum, our ratios are:
1:5 = Toddler Classroom (ages 1– 2 years) ; maximum number of students: 10
1:7 = Toddler II Classroom (ages 2-3 years); maximum number of students: 14
1:10 = Preschool I Classroom (ages 3-4 years) ; maximum number of students: 20
1:12 = Preschool II Classroom (ages 4-5 years) ; maximum number of students: 24
1:16 = Summer School Age Classroom (ages 6–12 years); maximum number of students: 24
All staff (including all practicum students, student teachers, and other volunteers) are required to submit to a KBI background check, provide documentation of a recent physical and a negative TB skin test.