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Old Dominion University Child Development Center


The Old Dominion University Child Development Center is a full-service full-time child care program offering early care and education to children ages 8 weeks through Kindergarten.  Each lead teacher has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is assisted by graduate level practicum students from early childhood or elementary education.  Most classroom teaching assistants are ODU students, many majoring in education or a related field, who enjoying working with young children.  Our staff works collaboratively with the Teaching and Learning department, Communication Disorders and Special Education as well as other university departments to offer your child a wide variety of resources. 

Our dynamic curriculum is based on the latest research and methods for early childhood education.  We focus on the development of the whole child, paying particular attention to the individual needs and developmental levels of each child.  We help children to develop positive relationships, while providing a rich and inviting environment for children to explore and make sense of the world around them.  Developing language skills and strong bodies are also a large part of our daily activities.  Our rich and carefully planned environment allows children the opportunity to play, explore, create and grow while building a strong foundation for life-long learning.


Mission Statement:

In partnership with Darden College of Education, the Mission of Old Dominion University Child Development and Child Study Center is to offer the highest quality early education for the children of ODU faculty, staff, students and the metropolitan Hampton Roads community.  Collaboratively with Darden College of Education, we are a facility for teacher training and a site for academic research.  


The Old Dominion University Child Development and Child Study Center is a first-class teacher training and research facility that serves as a model of exemplary early education.


We Value:

  • Preparing children that are confident, competent, and motivated learners
  • Preparing our teacher graduates for various school settings
  • Being responsive to the needs of the ODU and metropolitan community
  • Partnering with Darden College of Education Faculty to add to the knowledge base of Early Childhood Education

Admissions Policy:

  • Admission to the program is open to faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members.
  • Parents who are interested in enrolling their child in the Child Development Center should fill out the application form and bring it, mail it or fax it to the address or phone number on the form.
  • Application forms will be listed in our waiting pool by the date we receive them.
  • Admissions are based on availability of spaces, age and developmental readiness for the placement.  Priority in moving children into open spaces is given to children who are currently enrolled in our centers.
  • When openings come available, the following criteria will determine how the position will be offered:
    • Appropriate age
    • Date application was received
    • ODU faculty or staff
    • Sibling of current student in the Child Development Center
    • ODU alumni or student
    • Community members
      *Consideration may also be made to balance classes in relationship to gender.
  • Parents will be contacted when a space is available for their child.
  • Parents will be given a 24 hour window to accept or decline the space.
  • If parents decline, for any reason, their application date will be reassigned to the date they declined the space.

For questions regarding enrollment or the application, contact Betty Anne Ward at bward@odu.edu or 757-683-3320.

Tuition and Fees:

Tuition Rates 2012-2013

Weekly (Paid 52 weeks)

Monthly (Paid 12 months)

Open 49 weeks per year

ODU Full -Time Faculty and Staff  or Current Student


ODU Full -Time Faculty and Staff  or Current Student


Infants (8 weeks-15 months)





Toddlers (16 months-2 years)





Three, Four, & Five-year-old





Annual Registration Fee:  $100 per child- due September 1

Information for Parents:

Information for Students Seeking Employment:

We hire many student assistants throughout the school year.  If you are interested in applying for a position as a teaching assistant, please fill out the attached application.  Upon hire, you will be required to provide results from a TB test and submit paperwork for Virginia State Police Criminal History and Sexual Offenders Registry Search ($20) and Virginia Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Registry Search ($7) prior to employment.  Please send a copy of your schedule in with your application form noting days and times you will be available to work.

Questions regarding student employment can be directed to Betty Anne Ward at bward@odu.edu or 683-3320.