“The Child Development Center has been an amazing choice for our children, Dylan and Lucas, to develop and grow. I am extremely confident in the care and the educational foundation they have received there. My older son, now in our local elementary school, was extremely prepared both academically and socially for his entry into first grade – and I attribute a lot of that to the care and attention he received while at the CDC. The facility is remarkable with its excellent classrooms, great playground, and safety measures. The staff goes above and beyond on a daily basis to not only teach your child – but love them, too. As an entire family, we have created special bonds with the CDC. As a Widener employee, the CDC is not only convenient – it is affordable and a way to see your child during special events like the Halloween parade and the Easter Egg hunt. It’s even possible to slip over during lunch to be a guest reader!”
“My 4-year-old daughter, Joy, has been attending the Widener Child Development Center for two years now, and she loves every aspect of her school, especially the fenced-in playground where she can safely play. My wife and I feel blessed to have daycare at an affordable price. But cost is not the best aspect of the Widener Child Development Center - the teachers are. They are all excellent at teaching and taking care of the children like they would their own. Also, all teachers managing the classrooms have at least a master’s degree in their field. Dr. Noreen Yoder is the best childcare director I have ever seen, and she has the best childcare team in Delaware County.
“I couldn’t wait for my son, Gavin, to become old enough to attend the Child Development Center. Working in public relations at the university, I often had the opportunity to write about the wonderful education afforded to students at the Child Development Center. I was truly impressed that the teachers all had advanced degrees and that they had set curriculum for the students – even the youngest ones – to ensure that the students were developing socially, emotionally and cognitively. Also, every time I interacted with the director, Dr. Noreen Yoder, and her administrative assistant, Jean Pitone AKA “Miss Jean”, I walked away thinking that they must be two of the most kind and caring individuals on the planet. Gavin is now in his first year at the Child Development Center. He had previously been at home with a family member, so I was nervous about how he would handle the transition into the school setting. Although we had tears for the first couple of drop-offs, he soon began looking for “Miss Jean” for comfort. He now looks for her every morning to get a hug. I truly feel as if I’m leaving him with family when I drop him off. I couldn’t feel more confident that he is in good hands.”
The Child Development Center uses the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards (2014) as a foundation in designing and presenting daily lessons/units for the young children at the center. The faculty uses the standards as a guide in planning and presenting the curriculum. The teachers use a variety of curriculum programs to meet the individual needs of our children. Some of the curriculum programs include the Creative Curriculum, Kid Writing, and Sadlier -Oxford Phonics Program, and Sadlier - Oxford Progress in Mathematics Program. The teachers use I.C.P.S. Interpersonal Cognitive Problem Solving Program (I Can Problem Solve). This program teaches children thinking skills that can be used to help resolve or prevent problems between themselves and other people.