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. 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. We accept county child care assistance, private pay and Think Small early learning scholarships.

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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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, 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.

Center Highlights

  • Incredible Years curriculum 
  • 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

  • Innovative music learning program with MacPhail Center for Music 
  • Head Start co-location site for families who qualify
  • Saint Paul Public Schools partnership for early childhood screening, individualized education plan services, and assistance enrolling in kindergarten.
  • Minnesota Reading Corps curriculum helps build early literacy skills

Family Involvement

Tour the Child Development Center

Wilder Child Development Center offers two playgrounds for children
Child Development Center students have two secure outdoor playgrounds.
Two playgrounds are available at Wilder Child Development Center.
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.
Wilder Child Development Center provides classrooms that engage toddlers and preschoolers
Large classrooms provide space for group time and one-on-one learning.
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'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.

Interested in enrolling your child? 

We encourage parents and guardians to start with an in-person tour! Just click the "Request a Tour" button below to get started.   

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. 


How to Enroll Your Child

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.

Please remember:

  • 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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