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April 21, 2021

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ONU Child Development Center has openings in the fall

Full-day and half-day options available

The Ohio Northern University Child Development Center has a few openings for preschoolers in the fall, according to June Zimmerman, director.

The Center, located at 209 S. Union St., Ada, operates full-day and half-day preschool programs. 

To enroll students or for more information about the preschool contact Zimmerman at 419-772-2141 or email p-zimmerman@onu.edu.

The full-day program is offered Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

A non-refundable registration fee of $25 will be charged to enroll in the CDC program. This fee reserves a space for your child.

Full-day preschool – more than 4.5 hours per day: $32 per day                              
Half-day preschool - less than 4.5 hours per day: $20 per day                                      
Three day a week preschool Program (8:30-11:30 a.m.): $150 a month
Two day a week preschool program (8:30-11:30 a.m.): $130 a month

Mission statement:
To provide university employees, university students, the community of Ada, and the surrounding areas a model of exceptional childcare and education for children. The child development center strives for a safe and positive environment that captures a child’s optimal learning capabilities and interests through exploratory opportunities.

• That each child is a unique individual with specific gifts and talents
• That the needs of the whole child must be considered and nurtured when planning any activity or environment for young children.
• That parents are the primary educators of their children and that we serve to support the family in is child-rearing role.
• That children must be nurtured and respected as they go about their everyday role of work through play.
• We acknowledge that growth during the early years is uneven and that each child learns at his/her own pace. As such, developmentally appropriate curriculum is planned to meet the needs of each child.
• Hands on experience for young children are the best teachers. Emphasis is on learning by doing, rather than by being told.
• At all times the health, welfare and happiness of the child and family must be respected.

Step Up to Quality
Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a voluntary five–star quality rating system administered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) that recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality benchmarks over and above minimum health and safety licensing standards. 

The steps are based on national research identifying the program standards that lead to improved outcomes for children. Ohio Northern University Child Care Center is currently a STAR 5.

These standards include:
• low child to staff ratios
• higher staff education
• on–going specialized training
• improved workplace characteristics, and
• learning standards