Early Childhood Development Center

At the Early Childhood Development Center, you will find a program unique to the Crookston community. We offer a dedicated staff and an environment designed specifically with your child's educational needs in mind. Our goal is to provide your child with a rich and varied learning experience and to instill in your child a lifelong love of learning.

This web page was designed as a parents' guide to the Early Childhood Development Center. On this web page, you will find answers to many of the questions and concerns that you may have.

We all look forward to working with you in caring for your child. If you have any questions that are not covered in this web page, please call the Early Childhood Development Center anytime at (218) 281-8285.

Purpose and Philosophy

Purpose and Philosophy


Early Childhood Development Center purpose

The primary purposes of the Early Childhood Development Center are to:

  • To provide the students majoring in Teacher Education at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, an opportunity to observe and participate in a teacher-training laboratory.
  • To provide the University (students, staff, faculty) and Crookston community with an early childhood education/child care service that ensures a high quality program for young children and their families.


Early Childhood Development Center philosophy

Children need:

  • affectionate, secure, and trusting relationships
  • new experiences
  • recognition
  • respect as a unique, whole person

The director and professional teaching staff will strive to affirm the growth of the whole child in a positive, enthusiastic, and stimulating environment.

Programs and Curriculum

Programs and Curriculum


Early Childhood Development Center programs

The UMC Early Childhood Development Center has three separate programs:

  • Infant (6 weeks to 16 months - 1:3 ratio)
  • Toddler (16 months to 35 months - 1:4 ratio)
  • Preschool (33 months to kindergarten - 1:8 ratio)


Early Childhood Development Center curriculum

Our curriculum is developmentally-based, success-oriented, and supports a process approach to learning:

  • Inquiry Curriculum - math, science, social studies, and nutrition.
  • Physical Curriculum - sensory, fine and gross motor development.
  • Language Curriculum - language development, literature, pre-reading and writing.
  • Creative Curriculum - art, music, drama and movement.

Tuition Rates

Tuition Rates

2016 - 2017

Infant Program Toddler Program Preschool Program

Full-Day Enrollment:

Includes: breakfast, lunch and p.m. snack, formula, teacher guidance, parent conferences, written progress reports, classroom supplies and materials (excluding diapers).

Hours: Anytime between 7:30a.m. - 5:30p.m.

$35.00 daily $30.00 daily $27.00 daily

Extended Half-Day Enrollment:

Both sessions include: teacher guidance, parent conferences, written progress reports, classroom supplies and supplies (excluding diapers).

Hours: Anytime between
Morning - 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (inc. breakfast and lunch) OR
Afternoon - 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (inc. lunch and p.m. snack)

(not for infants) $25.00 daily $23.00 daily

Half Day Enrollment:

Both session include: teacher guidance, parent conferences, written progress reports, classroom supplies and materials.

Hours: Anytime between
Morning - 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (inc. breakfast) OR
2:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (inc. p.m. snack)

(not for infants) (not for toddlers) $13.50 daily

Drop-In Child Care:

Denotes irregular child attendance due to changes in family's plans. This rate applies to currently enrolled children.

(not for infants) $4.50 per hour $4.00 per hour

Rates effective September 1, 2016

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

To enroll your child, you must either obtain an application package by calling or stopping by the center.

Send information to:

Early Childhood Development Center
2900 University Avenue.
Crookston, Minnesota 56716
Telephone: (218) 281-8285

Department Faculty & Staff

Department Faculty & Staff

Child Care Teacher
(218) 281-8285
Head Child Development Teacher
(218) 281-8285
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Child Care Teacher
(218) 281-8285
Education Program Spec 1
(218) 281-8285

Early Childhood Development Center

University of Minnesota Crookston

117 Early Childhood Building

2900 University Ave

Crookston, MN 56716

PHONE: 218-281-8285



Center Open - 7:30 am - 5:30 pm, Monday - Friday