Wilder's Child Development Center is a community for the whole family.

Childcare & Preschool

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. Our full-time, NAEYC accredited child care and preschool center focuses on kindergarten readiness, provides high-quality early childhood education with social and emotional development, and supports individualized learning with low teacher-student ratio and classrooms by age. 

Parents & Guardians: You can pay privately and/or use child care assistance programs and Think Small early learning scholarships - see child care assistance and resources.

Phone: 651-280-2600
Fax: 651-280-3600 
Email: childcenter@wilder.org

Location: Take a Tour of the Wilder Child Development Center
911 Lafond Ave.
Saint Paul, MN
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Monday–Friday 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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An Early Childhood Education Center Where Children Learn and Engage

A child’s early years are important and set the stage for future success. At Wilder's Child Development Center, we foster a nurturing and creative environment where children ages 16 months to 5 years are valued. Along with reading and math lessons, children learn how to share, play with others and understand their feelings through the Incredible Years curriculum.

    Growth and Learning in a Safe, Fun Place for Children

    • Large classrooms with space for group time and one-on-one learning
    • Low teacher to student ratios to support individualized learning
    • Two secure outdoor playgrounds, a nature area and an indoor gym
    • Fresh and healthy meals (breakfast and lunch) and snacks made onsite
    • National accreditation by NAEYC and a top 4-STAR rating from Minnesota’s Parent Aware

    Community Partnerships and Resources for Families

    Family Involvement & Support Beyond the Class

    • Parent-teacher conferences to reinforce lessons and strengthen bonds between children and families
    • Parent education classes to develop positive parenting strategies
    • Parent advisory group to seek feedback in decisions about the center, curriculum and activities
    • Family fun nights to bring together families, children and staff (monthly)
    Wilder Child Development Center provides classrooms that engage toddlers and preschoolers
    Large classrooms provide space for group time and one-on-one learning.
    Wilder's Child Development Center provides music lessons from MacPhail Center for Music
    Child Development Center students are part of an innovative music program with MacPhail Center for Music.
    Wilder Child Development Center cafeteria, preschool lunch time
    Child Development Center students gather in the cafeteria to eat healthy meals and snacks that are prepared on-site.
    Wilder Child Development Center gym
    An indoor gym is available on days when weather doesn't permit children to play outside.
    Wilder Child Development Center climbing wall
    The Child Development Center gym features a climbing wall.
    Two playgrounds are available at Wilder Child Development Center.
    Wilder Child Development Center offers two playgrounds for children
    Child Development Center students have two secure outdoor playgrounds.

    Classrooms and Teachers Organized by Children's Ages

    Each of our classrooms is staffed by a lead teacher and one or more assistant teachers who are excited about helping children learn. 


    Enrollment and Tuition Information

    We accept enrollments to the Wilder Child Development Center throughout the year. 

    Step 1: Take a Tour

    Start the process by taking a tour of our center and facilities. During the tour, you can observe our classrooms and ask questions. We’ll also have tuition information available.

    Request a Tour

    Step 2: Complete an Application

    A completed application form may be mailed to or dropped off at:

    Wilder Child Development Center
    911 W. Lafond Ave.
    St. Paul, MN 55104

    Or you can email it to childcenter@wilder.org.

    Download our application

    Step 3: We'll Call You

    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.

    How much is the tuition at the Child Development Center?

    Tuition is a flat, weekly rate (5 full weekdays) that includes healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks made fresh on-site, community field trips, and family support including parent advisory groups and parent education classes. We offer full-time childcare from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and do not have half-day child care and preschool options at this time. Children ages 16 months to 5 years are accepted. We do not offer infant or school-aged care.

    Maximum Tuition Costs:

    • Toddlers: Ages 16 months to 33 months | $270* per week
    • Preschoolers: 34 months to 5 years | $241.20* per week

    *Your weekly tuition payment can be lowered with child care assistance programs or early learning scholarships to help you pay for child care.

    Child Care Assistance and Resources for Parents, Guardians and Families

    How can you pay for child care?

    We understand that it is not always easy to afford care for your child(ren). Parents, guardians and families have flexibility in how they choose to pay for child care and can get financial help using Minnesota’s state and county child care assistance programs and early learning scholarships.

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