OWU's Early Childhood Center is a quality community preschool for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children, and a laboratory in early childhood education for University undergraduates. Experienced professional teachers organize, plan, and teach every class; student participants assist the teachers, interact with the children, and participate in special projects designed for the children. The adult-to-child ratios are small and class sizes are held at 10 students. Each session has a maximum of three classes, so there are never more than 30 children at the center at any one time.


2024-2025 School Year Registration Now Available

Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is now open. Please submit the form by February 15, 2024 at 5 p.m. in order to be considered for the first round of placements. After February 15, children with priority status and other applicants will be placed and notified during the week of February 19 via a BrightWheel parent notification message. After this period of enrollment, it becomes first-come first-served and remains open throughout the school year.  

Children who turn 3 years old after the August 31, 2024 deadline will be considered if there is availability. You are encouraged to submit the registration form in order to be considered/placed on the waitlist. Priority for these spots (if available) will be given to current/past ECC families.

Visit our Registration page for more information.

One Spot Remaining for the 2023-2024 School Year

There is one spot remaining for the 2023-2024 school year in our MWF a.m. (9-11:30 a.m.) class. Your child must have turned four years old by September 1, 2023 in order to be eligible for this spot. If interested, please contact klhall@owu.edu.


The learning day in each session begins with an hour of Guided Exploration throughout the building. During this time, children are free to choose activities such as studio art, dramatic play, science experiments, math games, block building, and quiet reading all assisted by OWU students and professional staff. At the end of Guided Exploration time, the children meet in designated Focus Groups to work on continuing projects, write in their journals, read and hear stories, have a snack, explore the outside learning environment, sing and dance, and have time in community.

Early Childhood Center


37 Park Ave.
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3935
F 740-368-2048
E klhall@owu.edu

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