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Bonnie Sanders Burney Child Development Center


Welcome to our five-star, NAEYC-accredited center, thoughtfully designed to provide the highest standard of care for young children and to train the finest early childhood professionals. As a proud lab school and model, this facility is owned and operated by Cape Fear Community College. We take pride in nurturing young minds and shaping the future of early childhood education.


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.

About the Center

The facility consists of 6 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 80 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.

Room Age Range
Shrimp 6 weeks to 6 months
Rainbow Fish 6 weeks to 12 months
Starfish 1 to 2 years old
Jellyfish 2 to 3 years old
Dolphins 3 to 4 years old
Seahorses 4 to 5 years old
Wait List Form

Tuition Rates

The annual registration fee of $65/year.

Siblings will get a $10 discount on the oldest child.

Room Rate per Week
Shrimp $240
Rainbow Fish $240
Starfish $240
Jellyfish $240
Dolphins $240
Seahorses $240

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.

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