Dolores Doré Eccles Center for Early Care & Education

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Our teachers, staff, and families support children's growth and learning through the provision of intentionally planned and developmentally appropriate environments that build on children's natural tendency for play, promotes curiosity, wonder, and exploration, and provides challenges for mastering new skills.

Our curriculum encompasses the entire day and is demonstrated in our indoor and outdoor environments, the daily schedules, and the types of materials and activities offered. The children's daily experiences reflect intentional efforts to provide each child with opportunities to explore and build literacy, science, math, physical, creative, cognitive, and social skills.

Our community is created with a shared commitment to children and extends beyond the center doors to include families and the wider USU community. We work in partnership with families to meet their individual needs as they balance school, work, and family. Our program provides opportunities for students and faculty to learn more about early childhood care and education through research and training.

Hours of operation: Monday - Friday 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Danielle Egan

Danielle Egan

Program Administrator

DDE Early Care and Education Center

Phone: 435-797-5376
Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson

Office Manager

DDE Early Care and Education Center

Phone: 435-797-3657
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About Our Center

Dolores Dore Eccles was greatly admired for her genuine interest in helping others. Known affectionately by her family and friends as "Lolie," she was a spirited individual with a wonderful sense of humor. Born and raised in Texas as a "Southern belle," Lolie became a devoted citizen of Utah after her marriage in 1925 to Logan native George S. Eccles, whom she met while both were students at Columbia University in New York.

While George became a leader in the nation's banking industry as CEO of First Security Corp. (now Wells Fargo), Lolie focused her talents and energies as an active board member and community benefactor, assisting many educational institutions and non-profit organizations. For more than 57 years, the couple worked together "to improve the quality of life for their fellow citizens," a charitable vision their Foundation now carries on in their behalf.

The Eccles Foundation generously supported the creation of the Dolores Dore Eccles Center for Early Care and Education - in Lolie's honor and memory - to help children meet life's challenges, embrace new opportunities, and succeed in reaching their future goals.


Infant & Toddler | 6 Weeks to 24 Months

Monthly Price

Infants Full Day: $1,201.20 | Half Day: $600.60

Toddlers Full Day: $1,081.50 | Half Day: $540.75

The Infant/Toddler classroom strives to provide parents and children with a loving and flexible care environment, designed to meet their own specific needs. Materials and experiences in the classroom include feeding, diapering, art, sensory and large motor activities, and are all intended to encourage further growth. Teachers interact and communicate with parents to encourage continuity for each individual child.

Jr. Preschool | 2 and 3 year olds

Monthly Price

Jr. Preschool Full Day: $961.80 | Half Day: $480.90

At Junior Preschool, much of the day is spent in play and gaining self-help skills. Daily experiences include a sensory table, art materials, dramatic play, books and reading, math and manipulatives, science, large and small motor activities and semi-structured group times both in the classroom and outside. Two and three year olds developing sense of independence and initiative are encouraged through the provision of choices during most of the day.

Sr. Preschool | 3 ½ to 6 year olds

Monthly Price

Sr. Preschool Full Day: $865.20 | Half Day: $432.60

Each day consists of choice time, morning and afternoon snacks, lunch, large and small groups, and outside time. Additionally, children frequently participate in science experiments, cooking experiences, field trips and have classroom visitors. Teachers work to establish an open line of communication with all families and value their role in teaching children.

Day Camp | Summer Only - School Age children

Monthly Price

Upon Request

Day camp is offered through the summer months for school-age children. Children at this age enjoy getting out and exploring, and the day camp program is designed to support this with daily off-site activities ranging from art and science experiences to recreation and swimming.

Staff Roles

View our DDE directory page to see our current staff members.

Teaching Staff
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Each DDE Center classroom has a full-time lead teacher and an assistant teacher who have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a closely related field. The DDE Center also has several teaching assistants, most of whom are local students pursuing degrees in early childhood care and education. All teaching staff must pass an initial criminal background check, participate in orientation training, and are first aid and CPR certified.
Practicum & Student Employees
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Each semester the DDE Center has the opportunity to host practicum students, level II student teachers, and work-study students. These students add to our program in a variety of ways as they work to develop their skills and knowledge, and are closely supervised and mentored by classroom lead teachers and the program administrator.
Food Program Teachers
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Snacks and lunch are viewed as part of our daily curriculum as they are times for children to engage in social conversations and gain healthy eating habits. Each food program teacher has passed a criminal background check, is first aid and CPR certified, and has their Utah Food Handlers Permit. Many of these teachers are also students in the dietetics, food service, or early childhood education programs.
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The DDE Center administrative staff is comprised of a program administrator, staff assistant, and executive director. The program administrator oversees the day-to-day operations of the center, enrollment, and teaching staff and meets all center director qualifications as outlined by state child care licensing and NAEYC director qualifications. The executive director oversees research, continuous program improvement, and provides program oversight and guidance.

Meal Programs

Snacks and Lunch

Snacks and lunch are an important part of the DDE Center’s curriculum. The Food and Meal Program Teacher works to incorporate the cultural backgrounds and preferred tastes of the children into the menus. Families are encouraged to share favorite recipes so that all children will have a favorite menu item on occasion. We serve a variety of healthy foods with a focus on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Junior Preschool, Senior Preschool, and Kindergarten eat lunch in our Food and Meal Classroom. Food is never used as a reward, incentive, or punishment at the DDE Center.

Family Style Service

Teachers eat with the children, encouraging conversations and appropriate eating. This is a social time for children and helps them strengthen relationships with other children and adults. Meal times are also a time for learning. Children develop self-help skills (setting the tables, serving themselves, pouring milk, and helping with clean up) and they learn about the importance of nutrition in building healthy bodies.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

We participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) through the USDA which requires children have access to specific food groups and serving sizes. Families will be asked to complete a form for the CACFP program upon enrollment and annually.

Family Choice in Feeding

The DDE Center will work with families to support and accommodate adherence to dietary restrictions, food allergies or dietary preferences. In some cases, accommodating all dietary needs may be difficult and families may be asked to supplement food for their child’s meal. Families are encouraged to speak with the food and meal teacher or the program administrator if they have any concerns.


The DDE Center works to support breastfeeding mothers to maintain breastfeeding while their child is in care. The infant/toddler classroom is equipped with a separate room for families wishing to feed their child or needing to pump while on campus, and all staff are trained to handle breast milk in a safe manner. Breast milk being brought from home must be labeled with the child’s name and the date and time the breast milk was collected. DDE Center staff is happy to work with parents to coordinate feedings.