Child Development Center

Frequently Asked Questions

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What ages must children be to attend the CSU Child Development Center?

Infant:         6 weeks - 18 months
Toddler I:   18 months - 27 months
Toddler II:  27 months - 36 months
Preschool:   3 years - 4 years

Pre-Kindergarten:   4 years - 5 years

What are the operating hours for the Center?

The Center is open Monday through Friday, 6:30AM. through 6:00PM. The Center will be closed during holidays that are observed
by Cleveland State University.

Do I have to be a CSU student or faculty member to enroll?

No. The CSU Child Development Center gives priority enrollment to
current CSU students first, next to faculty and staff, and then
finally to the general community, pending space availability.

What do I need to submit to verify my student enrollment or CSU employment?

Students must submit a copy of their schedule for the term their child
will be enrolled indicating class times as well as a valid VikingCard
with the registration form and fee. Faculty and staff are required to
submit a copy of their valid VikingCard with their registration form
and fee. All are required to complete the Enrollment packet and attend
a scheduled center orientation prior having their child(ren) attend
the Center.

Who will be supervising my child(ren) while they are at the Center?

The licensed center is staffed by the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, a non-profit
organization. The YMCA of Greater Cleveland has been providing child
care for over twenty years to the Greater Cleveland community.

What will my child(ren) be doing while at the Center?

The Center has adopted the nationally recognized theory and researched
based, The Creative Curriculum. The CSU Child Development Center
is designed to meet the needs of each child by providing experiences
that enhance their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.
A well-trained and experienced staff creates teaching strategies that
provide meaningful early learning experiences. Infant/Toddler curriculum
activities align with the Ohio Infant/Toddler Guidelines, while the
preschool curriculum activities align with the Ohio Early Learning Content

What if I would like to visit and tour the Center, do I need to make an appointment?

An appointment is required. You may schedule an appointment by
calling 216.802.3330 or email

When can my child(ren) begin attending the Center?

Your child may begin attending the Center when:

  1. A completed registration form
  2. A space in your child's age
  3. A completed enrollment packet
  4. All applicable tuition fees are paid
  5. You have attended a center orientation and tour

What are the class sizes and ratios at the Center?

The Center will maintain the following staff-to-child ratios for each age group:

Age Group Staff-to-child-ratio Maximum Group Size
6 weeks -18 months 1:4 8
18 months - 27 months 1:6 12
27 months - 36 months 1:6 12
3 years - 4 years 1:9 18
4 years - 5 years 1:9 18

What are the tuition fees for the Center?

6wks-18 mos.
Toddler I
18 mos-27 mos.
Toddler II
27 mos-36 mos.
3-4 year
Pre-K 4-5 years
Full Time
4 - 5 Days per Week


$168.00 $150.00 $150.00
1 - 3 Days per Week
$154.00 $150.00 $145.00 $130.00 $130.00
6wks-18 mos.
Toddler I 8 mos-27 mos. Toddler II
27 mos-36 mos.
3-4 years
4-5 years
Full Time
4 - 5 Days per Week


$177.00 $158.00 $158.00
6wks-18 mos.
Toddler I
18 mos-27 mos
Toddler II
27 mos-36 mos.
3-4 years
4-5 years
Full Time
4 - 5 Days per Week


$184.00 $163.00 $163.00

Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify and
county voucher subsidies are accepted.

How do I know if I am eligible to receive financial assistance through the county (county Vouchers)?

Information regarding child care assistance can be obtained through
the website
or by calling the child care hotline at 216.987.7346.

As a CSU student, what if I enroll my child in the CSU Child Development Center and then drop my classes?

It is the responsibility of the student to notify the Center Director
and/or Administrative Staff immediately when classes for a semester
have been dropped, the student has withdrawn from CSU, or any other
changes have occurred. Depending on whether or not there is a waiting
list for children of current CSU students, faculty or staff, your space
may be forfeited. Failure to notify the Center of a change in enrollment
status, while continuing to use the facility, is a violation of Center
enrollment policies.

What scholarship opportunities are available?

There are a limited number of YMCA scholarships, as well as CCAMPIS Scholarships for families that qualify. Scholarships are contingent on meeting scholarship qualification and funds being available.