Center for Early Learning

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Center for Early Learning (formerly the Children’s Room) is a fully-licensed child care center.

The Center is designed to meet the needs of WVU at Parkersburg student-parents while they attend classes on campus on a regular basis. This service is also available to WVU at Parkersburg employees and the community on a space available basis. The Center is under the direction of a full-time, fully-certified professional director and is staffed by trained personnel.

The Center began over 30 years ago as a place to provide temporary care for children of staff and faculty. It was moved from the second floor of the main campus building to the current location when the addition was built. Since then the Center has expanded programming and the mission now includes caring for children of students, staff, faculty, and the community. The Center also serves as a practicum placement site for Early Childhood Development Associate Degree students and an observation site for Education and Health Science students.

What Ages Are Accepted?
The Center is licensed for ages 13 months to 6 years.

What Activities Are Featured?
Children will engage in activities which:

  • introduce positive social interaction concepts;
  • enable them to develop positive self-concepts;
  • encourage self-reliance;
  • foster creativity;
  • develop language and communication skills;
  • foster cooperation and self-control;
  • develop conceptual development;
  • enhance conceptual development;
  • allow them to grow mentally, physically, emotionally and socially

What Are The Costs?

Ages 13 – 30 months
(up to 12 children)

Student Rates Community Rates
19.5 hours and under
(part time)
$110 $120
20 hours and up
(full time)
$120 $130
Registration Fee Per semester:
$10 first child
$5 each child in family
$20 per year

Ages 30 – 47 months
(up to 19 children)

Student Rates Community Rates
19.5 hours and under
(part time)
$90 $100
20 hours and up
(full time)
$100 $110
Registration Fee Per semester:
$10 first child
$5 each child in family
$20 per year

Ages 4, 5 & 6 years
(up to 14 children)

Student Rates Community Rates
19.5 hours and under
(part time)
$90 $100
20 hours and up
(full time)
$100 $110
Registration Fee Per semester:
$10 first child
$5 each child in family
$20 per year

Above pricing is per child and includes breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner.
We accept payment through WVDHHR for child care subsidy and have grants available for those that qualify.

What Are The Hours?

The Center is open both day and evening, during the fall and spring semester, while regular college classes are in session. Following the WVU at Parkersburg calendar, fall and spring semesters’ hours are:
Monday-Thursday: 7  am – 7 pm
Friday: 7 am – 4 pm

The college reserves the right to reduce operating hours because of insufficient enrollment.

How Do I Enroll My Child?

  • Registration is accepted on a first-come basis for up to 45 children per hour. Registration for spring and summer semesters in the Early Learning Center begins with the college pre-registration period. Fall registration begins one week before fall classes begin.  We will not accept registration during the first week of classes so staff will be able to meet the increased needs of all of the children enrolled.
  • Your tuition receipt is required to secure a place in the Early Learning Center.
  • Space for drop-ins is usually available. However, please call 424-8311 to confirm availability.
  • Parents are required to sign-in and sign-out each day their child is in attendance. Parents are also required to read and follow The Parent Handbook.
  • Parents using the service are required to fill out schedules and emergency forms.
  • At the time of registration, parents are required to present a current copy of the child’s immunization records. All immunizations must be current.
  • At the time of registration, or within three weeks of attendance, parents are required to present a physical examination record signed by a physician.
  • The Early Learning Center accepts payment from the Department of Human Services for child-care. Eligible parents are responsible for contacting Choices, or the appropriate Resource and Referral Agency to complete the necessary paperwork, preferably before registration.
  • During regular registration days, parents and children may visit the center and talk with the Director.

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For additional information, contact:

Center for Early Learning
West Virginia University at Parkersburg
300 Campus Drive
Parkersburg, WV 26104-8647
304.424.8311