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Learn, Grow and Thrive

Children ages six weeks to eight years can learn, grow and thrive at WCTC’s Child Development Center (CDC). At this model laboratory school, we provide intentional learning experiences to best support each child’s individual development. Please note: The CDC does not offer a drop-in care option.

  • The CDC’s team of professional teachers hold higher education degrees and field experience averaging ten-plus years.
  • Our teachers are dedicated to supporting each child’s education and daily care routines.
  • Small classroom sizes and high teacher-to-child ratios allow children to experience frequent, individualized learning experiences.

WCTC Child Development Center

Parents as Partners

Our teachers begin by getting to know both the child and the child’s family, as strong teacher-family partnerships promote children’s learning.

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Teaching Lab

The CDC serves as WCTC’s Early Childhood Education associate degree program’s laboratory school. This integration raises the adult-child ratio, brings in fresh ideas and keeps WCTC at the forefront of early childhood education.

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Community Collaboration

  • Community collaboration is at the heart of the Child Development Center’s mission.
  • The Child Development Center serves as the only partner site for Pewaukee Lake Elementary School’s 4K program and is state-funded.
  • This DPI-licensed program allows families the option of a smaller classroom environment to better support skill development necessary for kindergarten.
  • The Child Development Center’s professional team of teachers hold higher education degrees and field experience averaging ten-plus years.
  • The Child Development Center strives to develop strong relationships with other community organizations and child/family advocacy groups, because, as the African proverb states, it takes a village to raise a child.

Classrooms

Children learn best by doing, so our CDC classrooms are built to allow children to be active participants and creative explorers of the world around them. Daily routines blend active, quiet, structured and unstructured activities, allowing for social-emotional, cognitive and physical development. Teachers are able to offer individualized instruction for each child’s development and learning style needs.

The CDC follows The Creative Curriculum, based on 38 objectives for development learning, and is fully aligned with Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards.

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The Infant Classroom

Our infant classrooms consist of two teachers with eight infants from six weeks to 15 months old. Parents receive a daily log of their child’s day. This program is designed to:

  • Nurture a child’s social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language development.
  • Provide a safe, healthy and loving environment for children to explore.
  • Feature individual care plans for each child, including insight from parents.
  • Offer nurturing, one-on-one attention, regular feedings and naps.
The Toddler Classroom

Our toddler classrooms consist of two teachers with eight children from 15 months to 2.5 years old. Parents receive a daily log of their child’s day. This program is designed to:

  • Feature a more routine, time-specific schedule with regular daily activities.
  • Focus on refining skills, learning routines through structure and how to communicate feelings.
  • Provide opportunities for both independent play and group activities.
  • Promote independence at meal time using utensils and cups.
  • Offer planned rest time, activities to promote sensory, gross and fine motor development, and opportunities to build language, art and cognitive skills.
The Preschool Classroom

Our preschool classrooms consist of one teacher, one assistant and 12 children from 2.5 to 3.5 years old. This program is designed to:

  • Nurture children to become independent, self-confident and curious learners who can work well with others and participate in a group.
  • Promote purposeful and productive play experiences. Areas include block, library, dramatic play and housekeeping, manipulatives, science, sensory and art.
  • Focus on self-help and practical life skills. Children eat family style and serve their own meals, dress and undress themselves for outdoors and work on independent toileting skills.
The Leap Start Classroom

The Leap Start Classroom consists of one teacher with ten children from 3.5 to five years old. This classroom is based on a Constructivist theory of teaching and learning: a belief that children learn from meaningful experiences that occur naturally in a social, well-planned environment. The program is designed to:

  • Feature activities, discovery centers and projects based on each child’s individual developmental needs and interests.
  • Promote small- and large-group play through discovery centers including dramatic play, art, literacy/writing, sensory and mathematics.
  • Provide children with a successful “leap start” into school.
The 4K Program

Our 4K classrooms consist of two teachers for up to 20 children. The CDC is a partner site for the Pewaukee School District four-year-old kindergarten program. 4K is offered in the morning (8:30-11:30 a.m.) with wrap-around services available.

Per district requirement, children must be four years old by September 1 for enrollment eligibility. This program is free to Pewaukee residents and available to non-resident families for a small fee. This program is designed to:

  • Provide children with hands-on opportunities that foster social-emotional and cognitive growth, large and fine motor skills, language, early literacy and numeracy development.
  • Support school readiness skills in preparation for 5K.
  • Provide fresh, nutritional meals and snacks daily.
  • Mirror curriculum and assessments established through the Pewaukee School District.

Per district requirement, a DPI-licensed teacher teaches 4K.

Tuition and Fees

WCTC student parents are awarded a 15% tuition discount. All classroom rates apply until the child has transitioned, regardless of age. Transitions take place at the start of an academic calendar year, with some exceptions. A $50 non-refundable registration fee and one-week security deposit are due at the time of enrollment. Deposits are prorated upon annual classroom transitions.

Tuition Rates Effective August 28, 2023:

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Infant Program (6 Weeks-15 Months)

Full-time (30 hours or more)

  • $344 per week (WCTC student rate)
  • $405 per week (Non-student rate)

Part-time (17-29.5 hours)

  • $292 per week (WCTC student rate)
  • $344 per week (Non-student rate)

Minimum (16 hours or less)

  • $182 per week (WCTC student rate)
  • $215 per week (Non-student rate)
Toddler Program (15 Months-2.5 Years)

Full-time (30 hours or more)

  • $297 per week (WCTC student rate)
  • $350 per week (Non-student rate)

Part-time (17-29.5 hours)

  • $253 per week (WCTC student rate)
  • $298 per week (Non-student rate)

Minimum (16.5 hours or less)

  • $158 per week (WCTC student rate)
  • $186 per week (Non-student rate)
Preschool Program (2.5-3.5 Years)

Full-time (30 hours or more)

  • $266 per week (WCTC student rate)
  • $311 per week (Non-student rate)

Part-time (17-29.5 hours)

  • $228 per week (WCTC student rate)
  • $268 per week (Non-student rate)

Minimum (16 hours or less)

  • $145 per week (WCTC student rate)
  • $172 per week (Non-student rate)
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Leap Start Program (3.5-4.5 Years)

Full-time (30 hours or more)

  • $272 per week (WCTC student rate)
  • $320 per week (Non-student rate)

Part-time (17-29.5 hours)

  • $231 per week (WCTC student rate)
  • $272 per week (Non-student rate)

Minimum (16 hours or less)

  • $149 per week (WCTC student rate)
  • $176 per week (Non-student rate)
4K and Extended Care for Pewaukee Residents

Full-time (30 hours or more)

  • $263 per week (WCTC student rate)
  • $310 per week (Non-student rate)

Part-time (17-29.5 hours)

  • $224 per week (WCTC student rate)
  • $264 per week (Non-student rate)

Minimum (16.5 hours or less)

  • $145 per week (WCTC student rate)
  • $171 per week (Non-student rate)

How to Enroll

You can enroll your child at the WCTC Child Development Center on a part- or full-time basis. The CDC does not offer a drop-in care option. Registration takes place at the start of fall, spring and summer semesters on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to contact us early in the semester, as a waitlist is typically maintained.

  • Weekly fees include all meals and snacks.
  • WCTC student parents can take advantage of flexible scheduling and priority for enrollment.

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NAEYC Accredited Program

This NAEYC-accredited program aligns curriculum to Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS) with a daily focus on children’s social-emotional, physical, language and cognitive development.

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