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Child Development Center’s Innovative Student-Learning Approach Bolsters Child

Ethan Einhorn, a speech-language pathology student, works with a child in Widener's Child Development Center.

If it takes a village to raise a child, then Dr. Essence Allen-Presley has assembled a bustling city of professionals-in-training to provide vital childcare and Pre-K services under her direction at the Widener Child Development Center (CDC). And their work goes far beyond teaching.

From undergraduate nurses and engineers to graduate physical therapy and social work clinicians, a unique cast of Widener students has found the CDC to be a real-life learning laboratory where they can gain valuable hands-on field experience that prepares them for their careers. They contribute to a loving, nurturing center that provides child care to children ages 3-5 who come from diverse backgrounds. Some have a parent who works for the university, others have no connection to Widener. 

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