Center for Early Childhood Education


CECE Location

  1. One Room School
  2. Health, Physical Education, Recreation (HPER) Building
  3. Visser Hall
  4. Welch Stadium/Zola Witten Track
  5. Police and Safety
  6. Wilson Park's basketball courts & picnic shelter
  7. Center for Early Childhood Education
  8. Twin Towers Complex
  9. Sauder Alumni Center
  10. President's Residence
  11. Cremer Hall
  12. Morse Hall Complex
  13. Wooster Lake
  14. Stormont Maintenance Center
  15. Science Hall
  16. Plumb Hall/Albert Taylor Hall
  17. Memorial Union
  18. King Hall
  19. William Allen White Library
  20. Roosevelt Hall
  21. Beach Music Hall

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. Through this affiliation, we are part of the Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Special Education Department. An early childhood faculty member is assigned to serve as a liaison between the department and the center. The liaison is responsible for facilitating an appropriate chain of communication and decision making.

The CECE serves as a resource for university students and faculty for observation, class projects, field experiences, and research. Therefore, ESU undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff may be found in our classrooms working with the teachers and the 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 Kansas Department for Children and Families provider.


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). 



Adult:Child Ratios

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:

Teacher:Child Ratios

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

Because our school serves as a practicum and observation site for ESU students, we often have student teachers and observation students in our classrooms. This helps maintain an even lower adult child ratio than listed above.

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.