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Welcome to  Child Development Center

Purpose

Our center is an on-campus facility to be used for the care of young children, and training of quality early childhood professionals. It is a lab school and a model. It is owned and operated by Cape Fear Community College.

Philosophy

The primary goal of this center is to provide an environment that fosters the growth of the whole child in all areas of development including social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and creative with the ultimate result that children reach their maximum potential. Believing that children are competent, autonomous people, each child’s developmental level, needs and interests will be of utmost priority. The program model is based upon the concept that children learn through play and “hands on” experiences. They will interact with the environment, explore, experiment, and problem solve. The program will be child centered including free play, individualized, and small group teacher directed activities.

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About the Center

The facility consists of 5 classrooms, one multi-purpose room, a parent/staff resource room, three bathrooms, kitchen, Assistant Administrator reception area, and Administrator’s office. It has a fenced-in playground, which includes a bricked and railed activity deck.

The program’s maximum enrollment capacity for children is 60 and is modeled by child-centered, hands-on experiences and creative problem-solving.  Their environment and interactions between children and adults provide the setting for meaningful foundations for life long learning.

Our goal is to maintain the following staff/child ratios and room capacities the majority of the day:

Room Age Range Max Capacity Staff Level
Infants 6 weeks to 12+ months 8 children 1 adult for every 4 children.
Toddler I 12 months to 20+ months 10 children 1 adult for every 5 children.
Toddler II 20 months to 30+ months 10 children 1 adult for every 5 children.
Preschool I 30 months to 45 + months 14 children 1 adult for every 7 children.
Preschool II 45 months to 60 months 15 children 1 adult for every 9 children.

Procedure for Enrollment

If you are interested in our center, we invite you to visit us in the Allied Health Building L, right beside the dental clinic. During your visit, we encourage you to fill out a pre-enrollment form placing your child on our waiting list. We do maintain a very extensive waiting list with an average waiting period for new enrollees being 6 – 8 months, possibly longer. However, circumstances and situations change from month to month and spaces could become available sooner than we anticipated. We welcome all applicants and are an equal opportunity provider.

Financial Assistance

The Center does not offer any type of financial assistance. Students may seek assistance through the financial aid office here on campus. Others may seek assistance through the Department of Social Services in the form of a childcare voucher.

NAEYC Accreditation

The Early Childhood Program at CFCC is accredited through the Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation (ECADA) of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  NAEYC is located at 1313L Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC  20005.



Wilmington Campus
411 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

North Campus
4500 Blue Clay Road
Castle Hayne, NC 28429

Burgaw Center
100 East Industrial Drive
Burgaw, NC 28425

Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 7:30am to 5:30pm
Friday: 8:00am to 12:00pm

Accessibility Services

Cape Fear Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, political affiliation or age.