We believe the purpose of early education in the university setting is
* Children require care in a safe nurturing place that parents can
trust when children and parents are apart.
* Children require a developmentally appropriate program that fully
promotes each child's physical, social, emotional and intellectual
skills with respect for individual dispositions and interests.
* Student parents need a support system as they confront the multiple
demands of childrearing school and work.
* The University benefits from a learning laboratory where students can
engage in meaningful experiences in their chosen field.
We strive for an atmosphere that respects the individual differences of
children and their parents, and yet appreciates the similarity in all of
us. Children are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, without
discrimination in regard to race, color, religion, gender, national
origin, age or marital status of parents, socioeconomic status and
abilities, as space is available. A pre-enrollment meeting is required
to discuss the needs of individual children and their families to make
certain that the facility can accommodate the requirements for care and
education of each child and meet the expectations of families.
The Academy operates on the principles of best practice laid out by the
National Association for the Education of Young Children
(NAEYC). Programming at the Academy is geared toward providing children
with an enriched, developmentally appropriate environment from which
they can explore experiences that best fit with their individual
interests and personalities.
The environment is carefully constructed by knowledgeable staff, in
consultation with faculty from Marshall University Early Childhood
Education program, to provide active opportunities for children to
creatively add to their base of knowledge and skills.
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
The Child Development Academy strives to offer the highest quality
services within a framework that is affordable to families. Fees are
based on a sliding scale. Students may also be eligible for academy fee