Since 1973, the Child Development Center (CDC) of Central has offered a full-day program for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years of age.
Dedicated to fostering an inclusive community and supporting the holistic development of children, the CDC strives to provide an environment that honors the racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic diversity of the city. To ensure that as many working parents as possible have access to this service, tuition is competitively priced and some scholarships funded by gifts and endowments are also available.
The Child Development Center incorporates a family-centered approach, recognizing and respecting parents as the most important influence in the lives of their children. The Child Development Center works with them in close partnership. Teachers seek to provide a nurturing environment where parents are always welcome.
Under the leadership of an executive director and a program manager, the Child Development Center of Central employs professionally trained teachers, maintains low teacher-to-child ratios, and provides high quality care and education for young children.
The center is governed by a Board of Directors composed of parents, members of Central Presbyterian Church and individuals with expertise in early childhood education. This Board reports to the Session, the governing body of Central Presbyterian Church. Central Presbyterian Church provides free space, utilities and maintenance services for the Child Development Center.
Early childhood experiences greatly influence a child’s self-esteem, ability to trust, and attitude toward learning. The Child Development Center of Central (CDC) seeks to support each child’s positive growth and development by providing an environment that is healthy, safe, loving, and stimulates cognitive thinking.
The CDC recognizes children as active learners who need active experiences with the world of people and things, as well as opportunities to plan, set goals, and assume responsibility.
Our classroom schedules, learning centers, furnishings, and playground allow children to explore, discover, and learn through developmentally appropriate activities.
We strive for a high-quality experience for young children and follow the guidelines recommended by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC.)
As a community ministry of Central Presbyterian Church, the purpose of the CDC is to provide childcare in downtown Atlanta that is designed to promote a child’s social, psychological, and cognitive growth in a safe and nurturing setting.
The CDC develops collaborative relationships among parents, children, staff, and the community, and provides support to families through education, consultation, and care.
The CDC aspires to be a highly visible exemplar of early childhood education, a family support center that fosters skilled and confident parents, and a vital ministry in our urban community.
We seek and promote diversity in race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, and family composition among staff, parents, children, the board of directors, and volunteers.
We demand excellence as an early childhood educator, employer, non-profit organization, and ministry.
We love, honor and respect the dignity of our children, staff, families, and volunteers.
Sekayi Stringer, Executive Director