Child Development Center


The University of Northern Iowa Child Development Center (UNI CDC) is located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. It is licensed to serve 92 children in a full-day program. The UNI CDC follows the university calendar, including a 12-week summer session. Hours during the academic year are 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Summer hours are 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. The UNI CDC provides breakfast, lunch and snacks as a part of its service in accordance to the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program.

The Center is staffed by 10 full-time teachers certified in Early Childhood Education. The teachers are assisted by UNI student staff. In addition, UNI students as well as those from other institutions participate in practicum experiences at the UNI CDC.

National Association for the Education of Young Children

The UNI CDC provides a nurturing and safe environment to support learning for the families and students of the university. The program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The UNI CDC recognizes the uniqueness of each child by providing a developmentally appropriate, child-directed learning environment in which the child can construct his/her own knowledge through teacher-guided, hands-on experimentation and exploration in the areas of social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.

The UNI CDC serves the children of UNI students, faculty and staff. Children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age are eligible to be enrolled in the 5-classroom center. A waiting list is utilized to fill openings as they occur. A registration fee is required upon enrollment.

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