Enriching the lives of children, parents and families
Wilder’s Child Development Center provides the highest quality learning and care for children ages 16 months to 5 years with year-round enrollment. We are a nationally accredited center in Saint Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood that focuses on early childhood education and kindergarten readiness, as well as children’s social and emotional development. Accepting county child care assistance, private pay and Think Small early learning scholarships.
A child’s early years are important and set the stage for future success.
At Wilder's Child Development Center, children learn how to share, play with others and understand their feelings alongside lessons in reading and math. Our small class sizes allow our caring staff to know and value each child.
Our toddler classrooms have a 2:8 (Cub Classroom) and a 3:12 (Bear Classroom) teacher-to-child ratio. These small class sizes encourage individualized learning. We schedule monthly field trips and quarterly parent-teacher conferences.
We work with our 16- to 33-month-old toddlers on skills like:
Our Butterflies classroom has a teacher-to-student ratio of 3:20. Partnerships with the Saint Paul Public Schools and Minnesota Reading Corps help children prepare for kindergarten and build early literacy skills. We schedule monthly field trips and quarterly parent-teacher conferences.
We work with our 3- to 4-year-old children on skills like:
Sitting, listening and participating during large group activities
Using words to resolve conflict
Making phonic sounds for the letters of the alphabet
Using body coordination to move easily
Using words and senses to observe and explore
Recognizing and naming all letters of the alphabet
To support individualized learning, our Dolphins classroom has a 3:20 teacher-to-student ratio. Partnerships with the Saint Paul Public Schools and Minnesota Reading Corps help children prepare for kindergarten and build early literacy skills. We schedule monthly field trips and quarterly parent-teacher conferences.
We work with our 4- to 5-year-old children on skills like:
Recognizing and naming most letters of the alphabet
Writing first names and recognizing last names
Recognizing and producing rhyming sounds
Mastery of self-help skills
Beginning to identify different characteristics of people
Each of our classrooms is staffed by a lead teacher and one or more assistant teachers who are excited about helping children learn.
If we have a spot open, we’ll schedule a meeting with you to go over additional paperwork.
If we don’t have a spot available, we’ll add you to our waiting list.
Questions? Speak to our school staff at 651-280-2600.
We offer full-time childcare from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. No part-time schedules are available.
We accept private pay, childcare assistance—including county child care assistance programs—and Think Small early learning scholarships.
We accept children ages 16 months to 5 years. We do not offer infant or school-aged care.
Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!
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