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Elizabeth Root
Child Development Center Director

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Child Development Center 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016-8015 United States

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Welcome to the Child Development Center

The Child Development Center (The Center) provides high-quality education and care for children 2-1/2 to 6 years of age. Our core mission is to offer a developmentally appropriate educational program for pre-school children, while supporting the family unit within the campus community, as well as the overall educational mission of the university.

The Center provides primary family caregivers within the AU community opportunities to pursue a university education or career; support for their families with a high-quality early childhood education; as well as an educational experience for university students interested in early childhood education and parenting.

Since 2009, the Center has adopted the Creative Curriculum® program, designed and developed by Teaching Strategies, Inc. The Creative Curriculum is a research-based system that offers a comprehensive, evolving set of resources in support of the educational mission of daycare centers and emphasizes the developmental uniqueness of each child.

We consider parents to be essential partners in program development at the Child Development Center, and welcome regular communication.



Beth Root
Child Development Center, Director


4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8015




Hours of Operation

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday, year-round*
*Except as specified in the Annual Calendar.

The Center closes for most university holidays, Parent-Teacher conferences and staff professional development days. Please check the annual calendar in the parent handbook for current school year holidays and closings.

2023-2024 Monthly Tuition

  • AU & Wesley Seminary student families: $1,423
  • AU & Wesley Seminary staff, faculty, alumni, and AU contractor families: $1,586
  • Community families without AU affiliations: $1,727

Effective August 28, 2023