Spotlight: Child Development Center

Children play  with pumpkins in the CDC courtyard.

Fall is a great time of year for the VCU School of Education’s Child Development Center (CDC). When the weather is crisp but the sun is still shining, hundreds of pumpkins are unloaded on the playground for children and their families to enjoy. This seasonal event is just an example of the type of service the center provides for the VCU community and beyond.

As a full-day, inclusive young children’s program, the CDC provides high-quality care and education for the 76 children of VCU faculty, staff and student families. Being part of the VCU School of Education also allows the center to serve as a learning opportunity for faculty research, community outreach and education and student pre-service experiences.

“In addition to providing excellent care to children, we also provide a hands-on learning environment for many students who want to do this as a career,” said Dr. Alyson Williams, the center’s director and an assistant professor in the VCU School of Education.

The CDC curriculum is based on a pair of curricula: “The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers, & Twos,” and “The Creative Curriculum for Preschool.” These two curricula are comprehensive approaches that help teachers with the classroom environment, activities and working with children on different developmental levels.

The CDC is also accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, a division of the Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

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