Tot's Place: Child Development Center

Tot's Place is the home of Ferris State University’s youngest Bulldogs!

Tot’s Place Child Development Center has provided quality educational experiences since 1987 to the University and the surrounding communities.

Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since 2004, Tot’s Place provides child care services to children ages 1 month through 12 years old. Tot’s Place is open year- round from 7:30am – 5:30pm, Monday – Friday.

Program Goals for Children

Goals for the children at Tot’s Place Child Development Center are as follows:

  1. To help children develop a positive self-image.
  2. To provide opportunities to establish early friendships for social interactions among children and adults; a foundation on which to build future learning.
  3. To provide activities encouraging development of large and fine motor skills.
  4. To help children develop effective communication, interpersonal relations, listening and conflict resolution skills.
  5. To encourage children to express themselves in appropriate and acceptable ways.
  6. To develop in each child an interest in learning about his/her environment.
  7. To offer experiences that enable children to develop self-esteem and confidence to make decisions for themselves.

The center also serves as a hands-on practicum setting for Ferris State University students pursuing degrees working with young children. The center is equipped with observation rooms and technical equipment to support students in completing their education course requirements.