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Institute of Child Development

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Institute of Child Development

The Institute of Child Development serves as a laboratory school for the Early Childhood Education Department and as a community resource for OU and families in the community needing a high quality early childhood center for young children 6 weeks - 5 years old.

The program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is an Oklahoma 5 Star Program.  



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The Institute of Child Development opened in 1935, a reflection of the widespread interest of the time in promoting young children's development through nursery schools. The Institute was a division of the Department of Human Development, under the auspices of the School of Home Economics until the early 1980's, when the School of Home Economics closed. At that time, the Institute transferred to the Department of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, as part of the Early Childhood Education program within the College of Education. 

The center has been housed in multiple locations across campus and Norman and is currently in what we hope will be our permanent home on Asp Avenue.  In the past few years, we have grown from a two person one room operation to a fully staffed 5 full-time employees classroom preschool. We are excited for these changes to bring more opportunities to our children, families and students for care, learning and research.

Through all the changes, the love and respect for children, families and students has remained the same. We have always offered high quality care for children, deep support for families, and a rich educational experience for OU preservice teachers.


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At the Institute of Child Development we provide a quality early childhood education experience for your child.  We believe two major goals of early childhood education are to help children achieve autonomy and self-control through:

  • Self-selected center learning experiences and projects.
  • Encouraging children to be responsible for their personal needs, wants, actions and behaviors and examining the consequences of their actions.

We also seek to develop children's understanding of the physical characteristics of objects in their world.  In so doing, we hope to foster an understanding about the relationships among these objects.

The teacher's role at the Institute is to serve as a facilitator, guide, resource, and researcher alongside the child. 

·      The teacher acts as a facilitator as they provide a child-centered environment by initiating activities and projects for children which are developmentally appropriate, purposeful, meaningful, based on the child’s interest, and foster learning through self-selected play.  We believe that children learn best through a process of discovery, enabling them to build theories about how their world operates. 

·      The teacher acts as a guide when they question the child, encouraging them to think more deeply about a problem or situation. 

·      The teacher acts as a resource person for children, offering suggestions as needed, yet encouraging children to develop ways to solve problems for themselves and to take responsibility for their actions. 

·      The teacher acts as a researcher alongside children as they discover new things about the world and learn the multitude of ways that materials can be used as well as the many paths a project can take.

We believe peer interactions are critical in helping children develop socially, creatively, physically, emotionally, and cognitively.  Through peer interactions children construct cognitive and social knowledge, acceptance of others, and an appreciation of individual/cultural differences.




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The Institute of Child Development offers these classes Starting in August 2024:

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Infants Monday - Friday

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Toddlers Monday-Friday

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Twos Monday-Friday

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Threes Monday-Friday

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Pre-K  Monday-Friday


There are also part-week options of MWF, and TTH depending on availability.

Our enrollment process each spring begins with re-enrolling children who are currently in care at the Institute of Child Development (ICD). After that, we are able to fill vacant spots in each age group based on the capacity of our classrooms and ratio of children to caregivers for each group.

Prospective families must complete the following tasks in order to receive an offer of enrollment:

  • Review our Family Handbook (PDF)
  • Please use the following link to complete our waitlist application. You will need to create an account through our childcare management app Brightwheel. The form will ask for some basic information about you and your child. Once completed, you will be placed on our wait list and we will schedule a tour of our school.
    Wait List Application

Waiting List applications are sorted by the child's date of birth (or due date), then further organized into the following priority groups based on the affiliation(s) of the child's legal guardian(s):

  1. Institute of Child Development Educators
  2. Families currently enrolled at the Institute of Child Development
  3. Current OU  faculty, staff, and students
  4. General community

Your child will remain on the waitlist until they are no longer eligible for our program.  We will only contact you for tours and in the event that we have an open spot.

If you are an OU Student please also see the CCAMPIS Grant drop down for possible subsidy of child care expenses.

Lead and Assistant Jobs for 2024-2025 school year:

Assistant Teacher (PDF)

Lead Teacher (PDF)

Check back often.

If interested in more information please send your cover letter to

The Institute of Child Development has an OU Foundation account. This money can be used for special projects, equipment, and tuition scholarships. We want our program to be affordable and available to every family who wants to participate. As we assess the needs of our program, we are looking at several projects. The playground is one area where we would like to add some new equipment and replace some well used items. Another area we would like to renew is our children’s library. Over the years, many books have had their pages turned by many budding new readers! If you are able, we would love for your family to consider donating to our foundation account. Please follow the link below to donate to our program. If you want your donation to go toward a specific project, please let us know by email, ( otherwise, the staff will determine how the money is used based on current needs. Thank you for your support.

Click here to contribute

We sometimes receive requests for donation of items. Any of the following everyday supplies are always welcome!

  • Paper towels
  • Kleenex
  • Crayola washable crayons and markers-Jumbo size
  • Scotch tape
  • Masking tape (colors and plain)
  • Napkins
  • Reams of copy paper (colors and white)
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Chubby pencils
  • Elmer's School Glue
  • Glue sticks
  • Construction paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Baby wipes
  • Bath towels
  • Balls all sizes, all textures
  • Nonfiction books with photographs (animals, weather, seasons, etc.)
  • Dry erase markers

Thank you for your support!

Physical Address
Institute of Child Development
2727 Asp Ave.
Norman, OK 73072

Mailing Address
Institute of Child Development
820 Van Vleet Oval, Room 100
Norman, OK 73019

Phone: (405) 325-1641
Fax: (405) 325-7146


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 Current OU Students may qualify for childcare subsidy assistance through a federal grant called CCAMPIS (Childcare Access Means Parents in School.) This grant is geared towards income-eligible undergraduate and graduate students based on their completed FAFSA.


Other qualifications include maintaining a GPA of 2.0 or higher, being a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, and having a child or children aging in range from before birth through 5th grade.


For more information or if you’re interested in applying for full or partial childcare tuition coverage at the Institute of Child Development or an approved Before/After Care Program for school-age children, please visit the CCAMPIS website to locate an application.


You can also email any questions to

Fees are paid on a monthly basis, based on the contracted schedule. Some important features of this fee schedule are the following:

  1. Annual tuition rates are based on the contracted schedule. The annual tuition rate is divided equally per month and billed on a monthly basis.
  2. Your annual tuition rate is assessed based on the classroom program in which your child is enrolled.
  3. Charges are based on the contracted enrollment schedule. You pay for the schedule you have contracted, whether your child attends or not. This includes inclement weather, emergency closures, family vacation days, and days your child is home sick. Even if the school is not open the full month to tuition is still due.  It is calculated for the time your child will be here and then broken up into 10 monthly payments.
  4. There is a 5% discount for each additional sibling enrolled during the same contract year.
  5. Tuition rates and fees are subject to change. Families should anticipate a rate increase with each new contract year.


Tuition Rates 2024-2025 school year


Juniper Classroom (Infant)



10 Monthly Payments

Full-Time - MTWRF



Three Days - MWF



Two Days - TR




Maple Classroom (Toddler)



10 Monthly Payments

Full-Time - MTWRF



Three Days - MWF



Two Days - TR




Redbud (Two)



10 Monthly Payments

Full-Time - MTWRF



Three Days - MWF



Two Days - TR




Willow (Three)



10 Monthly Payments

Full-Time - MTWRF



Three Days - MWF



Two Days - TR




Oak (Pre-K)



10 Monthly Payments

Full-Time - MTWRF



Three Days - MWF



Two Days - TR




Additional Fees (nonrefundable)

  • Enrollment Fee (annual): $50
  • Supply Fee (August & January): $100 each semester
  • Building Access Cards: $30 per card (subject to change)

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Meet the Team

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Jen Murphy, M.A.
Interim Director

Becca Waggoner, M.Ed.

Becca Waggoner, M.Ed
Curriculum & Instruction Specialist

Lianne Attar

Lianne Attar, M.Ed
Willow Class

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Caitlin Connelly, M.Ed
Maple Class

Amanda Day

Amanda Day, M.Ed
Redbud Class

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Emma Harris
Teacher's Assistant
Juniper Class

Eliana Massing

Eliana Massing
Teacher's Assistant
Redbud Class

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Andrea Schlupp, MSW
Teacher's Assistant
Maple Class

Kitty Sylvester

Kitty Sylvester, M.Ed
Oak Class

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Jodie Winchester
Teacher's Assistant
Willow Class