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Contact: Office Hours:
Donna Sonesen
Fax: 307-268-2577
Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
(While classes are in session
fall and spring semester only
Location: 125 College Drive, Casper, WY 82601
Josendal Drive next to the Thorson Apts.

Preschool and Childcare Center
Main office phone number: 307-268-2586

(ages Infant to 6 years)
*Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children

Our Philosophy
To build a positive self-image in children through love, respect and appreciating them as individuals. We believe that each child is unique and needs to grow and develop as a whole person within an environment designed with his/her needs in mind. Social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth cannot be separated in the learning process. Our setting is planned so that children can learn through actively participating in the learning process as they discover their world.

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  • Programs & Fees
  • Food Programs
  • Application

Programs & Fees

Our center accommodates 52 children ages birth through 6 years. We have four classrooms which include: one Infant, one Toddler and two Preschool classrooms. There is a non-refundable registration fee of $30.00 per child per semester and a non-refundable $30.00 pre-payment towards child care costs. We are an enrolled provider with the Department of Family Services.


  • Infant/Toddler
    two children looking at each other through a tube
    two toddlers riding in a wagon
    Our infant/toddler program follows the principal of "educaring" where a homelike atmosphere; nurturing, caring, responsive adults; small staff-child ratio; and a team approach with parents are used to give infants and toddlers optimum opportunity for growth and development.

    We see your infant or toddler as an individual who needs to be cared for with regard to his/her special temperament and that his/her emotional and physical needs should take precedence over schedule and order. Parents and their expressions of parental concern are important and always welcome.

  • Preschooler
    Young children learn through play. Play is the child’s way of exploring the world, themselves, and others. In early childhood our goal is to give children a positive disposition for learning. We provide opportunities to succeed each day, developing the positive attitude and self-confidence that will follow them through life. This is done through a learning center approach with activities and experiences that are structured and unstructured, quiet and active, and individual and group. All are geared to promote intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and creative development.
Daily Fees (effective August 1, 2013)
Partial Day
(less than 5 hrs):
Full Day
(5 or more hrs):
ages 0-23 mos.
ages 2-3 years
ages 4-5 years
age 6 years

boy toddler coloring on a tablet with another child watchingInfants
Our center will provide baby food and one type of formula that may be used with your consent. You may also bring in your own formula, breast milk, or baby food in labeled containers. The staff will monitor and record the food and liquid intake of each infant and toddler on the daily record sheet.

Mealtimes are a great time for toddlers to practice their independence in self-help skills, so we will encourage them to feed themselves. They, therefore, will be provided with bite size portions that can easily be manipulated with fingers or a spoon and will be encouraged to use a spoon, but fingers will also be acceptable.

Toddler & Preschool
The toddler and preschool children will eat morning and afternoon snacks, and lunch in family groups with a teacher at each table. We will be emphasizing self-help skills (pouring own milk, serving themselves from the serving bowl, cleaning up etc.), manners, and conversation skills. The children will be encouraged to try everything and not to take more than they can eat. Mealtime is an important component of our curriculum. A non-sectarian "Thank you for our food" will be said before eating.

*** Weekly menus will be posted.
Lunch, morning and afternoon snacks are provided at NO additional cost to the family. We participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

young girl wearing a smock painting a picture

You may be eligible for financial assistance for your childcare costs if you are working and /or attending school. The Department of Family Services (DFS) guidelines listed on the application will give you some indication as to whether or not you may receive assistance. If you feel you meet the guidelines, please call 473-3900 to schedule an appointment with a caseworker.

APPLY TODAY by downloading and filling out the application form, which you can either email to , or print and mail to:

  • Casper College ECLC
    125 College Drive
    Casper, WY 82601

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