Infant and Preschool Center

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Dear Parents

LogoWelcome to WIU Infant and Preschool Center! We have an outstanding program for young children and we hope you and your child will enjoy your time with us. In this handbook you will find our philosophy and goal statements, a basic overview of our program, and general information concerning policies and regulations. We hope that you feel free to discuss any concerns you may have or ask any questions about our program. Any ideas or suggestions of ways we can better serve you and your child are always welcome. You are encouraged to visit your child at the center or to just enjoy watching from our observation booth. We take very seriously the trust you have placed in us to care for your child.


On behalf of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, I am reaching out for your help to build a new, multi-level tree house for the WIU Infant and Preschool Center playground.  Children spend significantly less time outdoors and your gift will encourage increased outdoor play and it's related benefits for our kids.

Please visit our campaign page at: for details and to lend your support. Your gift of any amount gets us closer to our goal and you can also join our effort by sharing our campaign with your network. Your participation is greatly appreciated!

Dr. Laura Frey, C&I Department Chair



The WIU Infant and Preschool Center strives to maintain a program that is geared to the optimal development of the growing child. The goals of the center are to aid the children to:

  • develop and maintain positive feelings about themselves and about their own abilities to create and to learn;
  • develop their awareness of the world around them through sensory experiences—opportunities to see, hear, taste, smell—that are prerequisites for developing concepts and solving problems;
  • develop and improve language through listening, speaking, and dramatic play activities, which form the basis for reading, writing, and other communication skills;
  • develop an ability to express, both verbally and nonverbally, feelings such as joy, happiness, fear, and anger in acceptable ways; 

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Playground Project

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Summer 2018
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Thank you Phi Sigma Sigma
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Thank you to Sigma Pi for raising the funds to buy us the rest of our fencing! Check out the Press Release!

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We raised $1,020.00 for the St. Jude Trike-A-Thon!

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PROGRAM Information

The WIU Infant/Preschool strives to maintain a program that is geared to the optimal development of the growing child.

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Emily Brandt, a senior Zoology and Psychology major, visited the the Infant and Preschool Center with her dog, Dublin. Brandt taught the children proper animal etiquette during her session. The kids loved getting the opportunity to work with a future therapy dog!