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Charfi, Zakia
Administrator CDC

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

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Operations Update: Fall 2020 Classes to be Held Online

In response to changing COVID-19 health and safety conditions and guidance, fall courses will be held primarily online. More information is available on the COVID-19 Resources Page.

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CDC Temporarily Closed Until Further Notice

In response to changing COVID-19 health and safety conditions and guidance, the CDC will be closed until further notice.

Welcome to the Child Development Center (CDC)

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

Since 2009, the CDC 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.

Parents are always welcome at the Center. We encourage their participation and consider them essential partners in CDC activities and program development.



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

Zakia Charfi, CDC Administrator

Parent Handbook

Hours of Operation

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday - Friday, year round*
*Except as specified in the CDC's Annual Calendar.

The CDC 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.

2019-2020 Monthly Tuition

  • AU student families: $1,310
  • AU staff, faculty or alumni families: $1,460
  • Community families without AU affiliations: $1,590