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About the Child Development Centers

The University of Virginia Child Development Center was established in 1991 at 180 Copeley Road to accommodate infants through prekindergarten.  In 2011 it expanded into two centers. The Copeley location was transitioned into a school to teach children two years old through prekindergarten.  The second location at 408 Earhart Road was established to cater to the needs of infants and toddlers.

Both Centers are open from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday except certain holidays (see Holiday Closing Schedule). The Centers accept children of University faculty, staff, and students as well as employees of the hospital, University-affiliated foundations and contractors.

The University of Virginia Child Development Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  The Centers earned this designation by having a lower child and teacher ratio, offering an outstanding program, and hiring the finest staff.

Managed by Childrens' Creative Learning Centers (CCLC), a division of Knowledge Universe, each Center offers children unique, educational programs designed around their developmental levels and interests. All programs are available full time. Founded in 1992, CCLC is a national child care provider dedicated to quality employer sponsored early childhood education. The Centers offer the combination of experience, strength in the industry and dedication to developing quality and innovative family focused programs.

Nutritious snacks and meals are served "family style". Our buildings are free of any type of nut products. The Centers accommodate a wide range of allergies and food sensitivities. Each Center qualifies as "Eco-Healthy" which ensures a safe place for children. Eco-Healthy child care centers commit to reducing a child's exposure to toxic's and other environmental health hazards.

Infants and Wobblers

  • Building of self-esteem through nurturing, personal care
  • Interaction with groups to spark curiosity and socialization
  • Focus on cognitive and motor skills through playtime and activities
  • Development through age appropriate materials and toys

Toddlers

  • Daily whole group instruction promotes social skill development
  • Balance of nurturing, playtime and learning throughout the day
  • Monthly thematic units that provide a variety of daily activities and experiences
  • Development of confidence, self-esteem and a love of learning
  • Learning areas focused on dramatic play, creative arts, language and sensory exploration

Discovery Preschool

  • Observation based assessments track your child’s progress
  • Thematic units encourage curiosity, self-direction and confidence
  • Math and science skills are heightened through hands-on experiences
  • Portfolios collect your child’s work and capture their unique creative expression
  • Both small group and large group instruction

Preschool and Prekindergarten

  • Twice daily small group instruction in math and literacy
  • Preparation for Kindergarten and future success in school
  • Whole group activities to develop social skills
  • Development of a stronger vocabulary through letters and words
  • Independent, creative learning through hands-on experiences

Child Care Ratio Information

Description

Ratio

Group Size

Schedule

Infants

1:4

8

Full Time

Wobblers

1:4

8

Full Time

Toddlers

1:4

8

Full Time

Discovery Preschool

1:5

15

Full Time

Preschool

1:8

15

Full Time

Prekindergarten

1-10

20

Full Time