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.

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). 



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 (12 months to 2 1/2 years of age)

1:7 = Toddler II Classroom (12 months to 2 1/2 years of age)

1:10 = Preschool I Classroom (2 1/2 years to school age)

1:10 = Preschool II Classroom (2 1/2 years to school age)

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.