Childcare Development Center
Outdoor play is vital to growing strong, healthy children!


The Associated Students' Childcare Development Center (CDC) began in the 1970’s as a parent co-op.  Student families helped watch each other’s children as they attended classes on campus.  Currently, 40% of CDC families are students, and 60% are faculty/staff families.  Over the years, the CDC has grown to serve 59 children annually, employs 32 students, offers training and practicum experiences to Woodring Interns, and has become a part of the  Fairhaven community.  Thousands of children and families have relied on the CDC to provide quality care and a stellar early childhood education. 



It might be helpful to state that the current playground is decades old, and has only one drain.  When it rains, (which happens A LOT) – the playground floods to such an extent that 70% of the playground is underwater.  Much of the equipment is old, and even deemed unsafe.


Special Projects

Playground Renovation:  Renovation (okay, a repeat here) is needed as the playground is decades old, and even deemed unsafe for children.  Currently, it has one drain so when it rains, the playground floods.

The Renovation Included:

  • A much needed new drainage system to prevent flooding

  • Removal of old, outdated, and unsafe play equipment

  • Addition of natural, inviting play scapes such as a climbing wall, sand digging area, play house, slide, small stage for theatrical productions, sun covers, boulders for children to climb, gardens, and distinct areas of exploration.

    Renovation start date goal is June 15, 2018

  • Total project cost is $40,000 and We only need $15,000 more to complete the project!!!!



2:1 Student Match
The first $5,000 in gifts received from current students will be double matched by alumnus Dave Mann’82 and Ann Thomson Mann (up to $100 per donor) to empower students to support their favorite department, club, scholarship or program.
1: 1 Recent Grad Match
The first $5,000 in gifts received from recent grads (’15, ’16, ’17 and ’18 graduates) will be matched by alumnus Dave Mann’82 and Ann Thomson Mann (up to $100 per donor).
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Give Day Challenge Pool
A percentage of EVERY gift made will be matched by one of our challenge pools (if they did not already receive matching funds from another challenge, up to $5,000 per donor). Challenge Pool dollars will be allocated as a percentage: Total Matching Pool ÷ Total Give Day Donations = Match %. Thank you to our generous Challenge Pool Donors for transforming lives and inspiring support of education: Tony George, Greg & Elizabeth Grant, Andy Kositsky & Maria Mazzei, Bryan Page, Karen & Lane Richards; Jerry & Truc Thon; the WWU Alumni Association, the Western Fund.
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