On Campus Child Care Services

ASU's Family Resources provides information regarding on-campus children's programs. Information can be provided via the telephone, e-mail or by appointment. As parental choice is of utmost importance, all options are discussed and resource materials are provided to families to assist them in finding the best care for their unique situation. Please email the Family Resources office for assistance.

Children's programs affiliated with ASU provide children opportunities for personal growth and discovery in a warm, friendly environment. Programs are based on developmentally appropriate practices, with low teacher/child ratios, small group sizes with high educational and training requirements for staff. Parental involvement is encouraged.

Wait lists: High quality early care and education programs typically have waitlists because of their emphasis on low ratios and small group sizes that are critical to the quality of the program. All ASU programs oversee their own enrollment and enroll families either from a wait list or during a specific time. Policies and fees vary by program and depend on the age of the child and scheduling option used. All require a registration fee.

Choosing Child Care

Choosing a child care center, family home, or in-home provider is often the most difficult decision a family can make. Please visit the webpages listed below for information that can support you with your decision, based upon what is most age-appropriate for your child(ren).

Tempe campus

Child Development Lab (CDL)
T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics
Forest Mall, south of University Drive

Contact:  CDL

Child Study Lab (CSL)
Psychology Department
Psychology Building, first floor

The CSL’s educational philosophy is based on the concept that children’s own natural curiosity will prompt learning. The emphasis is then on providing ample opportunity for exploration and discovery through which learning takes place. The physical setting and time blocks are arranged to stimulate open-ended creativity and experiences which provide a natural setting for facilitating the child’s development.

The CSL provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum that is based on the premise that ‘play’ by way of embodied cognition is the primary medium through which young children develop intellectual, social and perceptual motor competence. In addition, curriculum activities and adult-child interactions are tailored to meet the individual needs, interests, and abilities of each child. By utilizing the Arizona Early Learning Standards in conjunction with an Emergent curriculum and emphasis on self-regulation, our children will not only be ready for school but have a toolkit of life skills for their future.

As part of ASU’s Department of Psychology, the CSL plays an integral role in the university’s three-fold mission of teaching, research, and service. The CSL provides carefully supervised training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing various careers serving young children and families. The CSL children and families have a unique opportunity to participate in various research studies (participation is always voluntary). The CSL provides a model of high quality education and care for young children, and offers training opportunities and technical assistance for state and local early childhood professionals.

Polytechnic campus

ASU Preparatory Academy Pre-School
6950 E. Williams Field Road
Mesa, AZ 85212

Downtown campus

ASU Preparatory Academy Pre-School
735 E. Fillmore Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006