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

Childcare & Preschool

Enriching the lives of children and their families at the Wilder Child Development Center in Saint Paul


Parents and guardians can expect the highest quality learning and care for their children ages 16 months to 5 years with year-round enrollment at Wilder’s Child Development Center located in the Frogtown neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Our staff and teachers continually recognize and strive to meet the diverse needs, abilities, interests, and cultures of children and families, where each person is valued and respected as a contributor in our classroom environment. 

Our full-time, NAEYC accredited and 4-Star Parent Aware rated Child Development Center: 

  • Provides early childhood education with social and emotional learning using The Incredible Years® curriculum
  • Focuses on getting kids ready for kindergarten
  • Supports individualized learning with classrooms by age
  • Engages parents and families to take part in their child's learning
  • Connects families with community services, resources and supports  
Minnesota Children's Book Author and Artist, Nancy Carlson, visited the Wilder Child Development Center for a book reading and drawing lesson.

Good to know for parents and guardians deciding on child care and preschool:

Health & Safety at the Child Development Center During Covid-19: 

  • Daily health and temperature checks for all staff and students
  • Parents are asked to drop their children off at the front door with staff
  • Tours for deciding parents and guardians will be virtual

Phone: 651-280-2600 | Fax: 651-280-3600 | Email:

Location: Take a Tour of the Wilder Child Development Center
911 Lafond Ave., Saint Paul, MN (Find & review us on Google Maps)

Monday–Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 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 toddlers and preschoolers are valued. Along with reading and math lessons, children learn how to share, play with others and understand their feelings through the Incredible Years curriculumIt's always an "Incredible Day" at the Wilder Child Development Center!

Growth and Learning in a Safe, Fun Place for Children

  • Large classrooms with space for group time and one-on-one, 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. 


Information on Child Care and Preschool Enrollment and Tuition

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. Please note: Tours are now virtual due to Covid-19.

Request a Tour

Step 2: Complete an Application

Once you tour and decide to enroll your child, complete an application and submit it in-person, mail or email:

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


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 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 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 | $312* per week
  • Preschoolers: 34 months to 5 years | $282* 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.

Support Early Childhood Education & Care for Children & Families in Saint Paul

Your generosity helps provide quality learning, child care and community support for children and their families at the Wilder Child Development Center!


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