The Child Development Academy at Marshall University | A Living, Learning Laboratory


Services at the Academy are designed to meet the needs of University students who are parents. Priority is given to full-time and part-time students enrolled at Marshall University. Enrollment is open to Marshall University faculty, staff and families in the community as space is available.

Please plan to attend at least one pre-enrollment visit. Photo Representation: Play Yard SandboxDuring the first visit, the director will take time to talk with you and answer your questions. During the first visit you will also receive and complete a pre-enrollment form to apply for placement on the waiting list. You may come with or without your child during your first visit. However, you and your child should visit together at least twice allowing ample time for your child to become acquainted and comfortable. The second visit with your child will include an orientation. After your child visits twice, you and the director will decide when to initiate a regular schedule.


The following forms must be on file before your child may attend:

• Enrollment/Emergency Information
• Parent/Center Agreement
• Permission To Pick-Up Child/Children
• Parental Permission Form for Center Programs
• Special Dietary Needs / Medical Needs
• Child Portrait
• Legal Verification when (1) one parent is sole
   legal guardian of child/children
• Verification of Orientation

A non-refundable registration fee is due at time of registration. The non-refundable pre-enrollment fee that is paid when the child is placed on the waiting list is deducted from the total registration fee when a child is enrolled.

The center must have a health record, signed by your child's physician, giving a history of communicable disease, immunizations, varicella, and other pertinent information within 30 days of enrollment and every two years thereafter for children 25 months and older. Children, 24 months of age and younger, must up-date with new or current health information at lease every six months. Special dietary needs must be noted by a physician.

You are encouraged to return the application for free and reduced price meals. The center receives reimbursement for serving meals according to income levels.


Enrollment Forms

All forms are available in Adobe PDF format. You may download the free Adobe PDF reader by visiting their web site:


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