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University of Minnesota Child Development Center

The University of Minnesota Child Development Center (UMCDC) is licensed by the state of Minnesota and has national accreditation through NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It cares for 140 children, ages 3 months to 5 1/2 years, or pre-kindergarten. Enrollees must be university affiliated faculty, staff, and/or students.

The Child Development Center has a lengthy waiting list. Most children enter the program as an infant (3-16 months) or toddler (16-33 months). If you would like to submit an application, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. The wait for care is usually at least 12-14 months. For an unborn child, you must submit documented evidence from your physician of a confirmed pregnancy at/after the first trimester with your application and a $25 application fee.

Mission Statement

The University of Minnesota Child Development Center is a model demonstration and training site for early development and childcare with research opportunities to further knowledge of early development, education and quality care for young children. Simultaneously, it provides "fee-for-service" childcare for University of Minnesota affiliated students, staff, faculty and administration.   


Our facility includes an on site commercial kitchen for preparing menus of vegetarian or regular food for the children. There is a courtyard, multi-purpose room, a conference room and research suite, plus a large outdoor play space away from traffic, edged in trees, and a primarily naturalistic playground.


The program at the center has commendations regarding its NAEYC accreditation and works in collaboration with other University units, particularly the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED), the Shirley G. Moore Lab School, and hosts pediatric residents on a rotation, as well as offering classroom observation for classes in occupational therapy and early childhood education.


The community at UMCDC is rich in diversity as students, children, and faculty come from throughout the world.


Please see the "Parent Policy Handbook" for details.

Apply Now!

Apply Now!

The waiting list for infants and toddlers is often over a year! Learn how to apply as soon as the completion of the first trimester.