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The Child Development Center opened on September 25, 1978. What began as a Student Confederation-funded program caring for just nine children from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for eight months of the year, has blossomed to a facility that offers daycare for 30 children from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. year round. In 1979, the CDC became a department in the Division of Student Life and in 1993 it moved under the supervision of the Office of Human Resources.
The Child Development Center’s mission is to:
- Offer an engaging and developmentally-appropriate educational program for children ages 2 1/2 to 6 years.
- Support the family unit through on-campus childcare for the university community of students, faculty and staff.
- Support the university undergraduate and graduate programs by providing on-campus observation and laboratory supplements to classroom participation.
- Provide an educational experience for university students interested in early childhood education and parenting.
- Facilitate continued and increased enrollment of adult students in university graduate, undergraduate, and Continuing Education programs.
The American University Child Development Center is dedicated to providing an exemplary early childhood program. We foster cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development and growth in children.
The CDC provides a learning environment that is rich in opportunities for active engagement and exploration. It is supportive, safe, and stimulating. The professional staff interacts to nurture each child, build relationships, extend play, and support problem solving. Teachers at the CDC respect and understand each child’s unique needs, abilities, interests, and learning styles.
In order to facilitate a higher level of engagement of the CDC community towards the evaluation, as well as the planning and development of Center operations, the CDC has begun the application process for accreditation with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This organization recognizes outstanding early childhood programs which meet or exceed national and state standards. It also emphasizes each school's/center's community self-evaluation and close involvement in planning for and insuring sustained development of the school's/center's educational program and activities.