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Child Development Centers

The Milgard Child Development Center at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and the Garnero Child Development Center at Pierce College Puyallup bring compassionate, thoughtful, research-based care and education to children ages 1 to 5.

Our core beliefs:

  • Children have enormous potential and capability.
  • We must give children the same trust, patience, dignity, and respect we would offer anyone embarking on a serious educational journey.
  • We can best guide children by listening to them.
  • We are in partnership with parents and the community.

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In addition, our buildings and landscapes are themselves laboratories, where children can explore and experiment. The light and space encourage inspiration, discovery and partnership.

The Pierce College Child Development Centers provide:

  • Caring, dedicated and degreed teachers
  • Observation and documentation of each child's growth and development
  • An Emergent Curriculum, which relies on teacher observation, flexibility, patience and creativity
  • Full-day Head Start
  • Flexible scheduling for Pierce students
  • Low teacher-student ratios
  • USDA meal program
  • State subsidies accepted

Milgard Child Development Center and Garnero Child Development Center also offers a full-day Head Start program for qualifying children aged 3 to 5 years old. Please contact us for further information.


Milgard Child Development Center

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98498
(253) 912-3680

Hours: M–F: 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Garnero Child Development Center

Pierce College Puyallup
1601 39th Ave. SE
Puyallup, WA 98374
(253) 864-3302

Hours: M–F: 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.