Early Childhood

  • Our Early Care and Education Centers provide an environment where children can learn in a variety of ways. Play and developmentally appropriate activities guided by the program staff are essential to our creative curriculum. Social skills, positive relationships and respect for self and others are highlights of the program.

    Children are lovingly cared for while enjoying ample opportunities to develop a wide range of physical, cognitive and sensory motor skills. They learn about themselves and are encouraged to tap into their natural desire for independence while experiencing a myriad of interesting learning opportunities.


  • Schedule an appointment to visit one of our centers! We welcome you to observe classes, meet our enthusiastic, caring staff and see the happy faces of the children who attend our programs. To schedule an appointment, please contact:

    Christine Madden
    Director, ECEC Downingtown location
    Email: ChristineMa@cciu.org
    Phone: 484-237-5410

    Heather Trotman
    Director, ECEC Coatesville location
    Email: HeatherT@cciu.org
    Phone: 610-383-6497 

    Dr. Kim Rank
    Email: KimR@cciu.org
    Phone: 484-237-5401


  • The Early Care & Education Centers offer tuition rates per day, with each rate varying by the age of your child.

    We offer special, discounted tuition rates for Chester County School District Employees.

    Please contact us for specific tuition rates.


  • ECEC Downingtown Location School Year: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Summer: 7:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • ECEC Coatesville Location School Year: 6:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Summer: CLOSED

Our Program

  • The CCIU Early Care & Education Centers are designed with a balance between free play and structured activities, as well as small and large group activities. Our staff is experienced and has professional training in Early Childhood Education and ongoing Professional Development activities. Our classroom equipment is carefully selected to meet the developmental and learning needs of the children it serves.

    Our educational curriculum covers a wide range of areas including gross and fine motor skills, language development and reading and math readiness. Creative expression is fostered through music, movement and art. Outdoor play, a quiet afternoon rest time and a nutritious afternoon snack are included in our daily program.

Our Mission

  • The CCIU Early Care & Education Centers are dedicated to the education of the whole child through developmentally appropriate activities and experiences. Each child is encouraged to express their natural desire for independence while experiencing learning opportunities that support the development of social skills, positive relationships and respect for self and others in a safe environment.

Our Curriculum

  • The ECEC Downingtown location uses The Creative Curriculum-Fourth Edition for preschool through pre-kindergarten and The Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers-Revised Edition for birth to age three.
    The Creative Curriculum shows teachers how to implement developmentally appropriate practice in ways that match the way children develop and learn. The Creative Curriculum is distinguished by its child-centered focus on interest areas.
    Dependent on age, activities may include some or all of the following, and more: We align the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards (PA ELS) for Infants and Toddlers and Pre-Kindergarten with our curriculum. The PA ELS are designed as a framework for quality and to provide guidance about what children should know or be able to do when they enter kindergarten. The Standards are inclusive of all children.
    The ECEC Coatesville location curriculum covers a wide range of areas including gross and fine motor skills, language development and reading and math readiness.  Creative expression is fostered through music, movement, and art. Outdoor play, a quiet afternoon rest time, and nutritious morning and afternoon snack and lunch are provided in our daily program. We use Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos Third Edition.

Learning Activities

  • We believe activities should be fun, sensory and educational! We work one-on-one and in groups on the following activities that are a mix of play and progress:
    • Block Area with unit blocks, animals, people
    • Dramatic Play with dress-up clothes, play food, pots and pans, doctor’s kit and more
    • Sensory with sand and water play
    • Art featuring collages, glue, paints and developmentally appropriate supplies
    • Library with a variety of age appropriate fact, fantasy and fiction
    • Manipulative/Fine Motor Games like puzzles, pegboards, and sorting boxes
    • Math/Numbers with scales, sequencing cards, counting objects and more
    • Discovery & Science with nature collections, magnifying glasses and living objects
    • Computer with developmentally appropriate software with supervised, limited use
    • Music & Movement with scarves, instruments and music from around the world
    • Outside/Gross Motor with climbing equipment, balls, push toys, swings, parachute
    • and more!