The CHILD Center

The CHILD Center

The Center

The CHILD (Creative Hours in Learning Development) Center operates within the Division of Finance and Administration and is also a component of the College of Education, Business and Allied Health. The center is licensed by the State of Wisconsin, serving children six weeks to 10 years of age. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, year-round.


It is the intention of the CHILD Center to provide quality care to the children of students, faculty/staff and to the community at a reasonable cost. The center also serves as a fieldwork site for programs including early childhood, elementary education, communication sciences and disorders, social work, and counseling and school psychology. We believe that children learn through active interaction with their environment, peers and nurturing caregivers, recognizing the individual needs and nature of each child.


  • UWRF students with 12 undergraduate credits or nine graduate credits may qualify for student rates and are given priority for enrollment.
  • There is a $40 non-refundable registration fee per UWRF student family and a $75 non-refundable registration fee per faculty/staff and community member family. The registration fee and the first week's tuition are due at the time of enrollment.
  • Well-balanced schedule of large/small group activities, outdoor/indoor activities and restful/active play times.
  • Nutritious snacks and meals provided each day.
  • Each classroom provides teacher-planned activities and child-initiated activities.
  • Children have access to age-appropriate games and equipment to help the child develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually, at his/her own pace.
  • Individual attention is given to a child's unique needs, capabilities and background.


We are the only accredited child care facility in River Falls. Learn more about our Cognia accreditation.

Enrollment Information

We are not accepting new enrollment forms at this time. Our waiting list is currently full. Updated Aug. 10, 2023.

The University Preschool

Looking for a morning-only preschool program? The University Preschool is located in the Wyman Education Building and serves children who are 4 and 5 years old.

Contact Us

C.H.I.L.D. Center
M-F, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
C.H.I.L.D. Center Building
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