Children's Community Development Center

Where Learning Begins

  • We are a non-profit, educational childcare center serving families with children from infancy through their preschool years
  • We provide enrichment and support to families and children who live or work in mid-Fairfield County, Connecticut
  • We provide year round care in five unique programs to embrace our child and family centered philosophy

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About Us

In the late 1970’s several employees of the Westport Public Schools began discussing the possibility of developing an early childhood center for their young children. They sought to establish “…a quality early childhood care and education center involving a high degree of parent participation…with consistent loving care…[a] daycare [that] serves as an extended family, offering enrichment and support that can be beneficial for parent and child alike.”

This parent group came together with the Child Care Council, a non-profit agency interested in expanding quality childcare, and the Westport Infant Toddler Center was established to meet the needs of working families. The program opened in 1979 with five children and two teachers in a classroom at the Greens Farms Elementary School.

In 1980, our founders came together with other organizations serving children and their families to form the Parent Child Center at the Hillspoint School. The additional space in the new building enabled the Westport Infant Toddler Center to expand its program to serve younger infants and preschoolers. To reflect the broader scope of the services, the name was changed to the Children’s Community Daycare Center (CCDC). The high standards for quality early care and education in an intimate environment remained as constants in this transition.

In 1988, CCDC was granted accreditation from the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, among the first early childhood programs in the nation to achieve this status. In 2004, the name of the program changed to the Children’s Community Development Center.



Founded in 1979, CCDC is located in a former elementary school on seven acres, including large open fields behind the building.  We are open twelve months a year from 7:15 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  Children arrive between 7:15 and 9:15 in the morning and depart between 3:00 and 5:20 in the afternoon according to the preferences and needs of their families.  The majority of children attend five days per week.  However, a few three-day schedules are also available. There are 60 children enrolled in five different programs.            

CCDC is non-profit and governed by a Board of Directors representing current families, staff and members of the community. We embrace a philosophy that is child and family centered.  Our curriculum is play-based and developmentally appropriate. Decisions about activities presented to children emerge from the highest standards in the field of early childhood care and education and are negotiated by the expressed interests, passions, and contributions of children. Our decisions about curriculum are guided by the CT Early Learning and Development Standards. We recognize that the relationships that children form with teachers, peers, and most-importantly, their families determine the nature of their experience.

Children are provided with opportunities to play and learn in their classrooms, large indoor play areas, and outside on our playground and surrounding fields. Classrooms environments and daily schedules are designed for children of various ages and adapted as needed to support their growth, development and expressed needs.  Teachers provide supervision, support and facilitation to children as they explore, investigate, discover and learn.

The average tenure of our full-time teachers is eight years and 90% have college degrees, nearly all at Bachelor’s or Master’s levels.  The Director has been at CCDC since 1981. She has a Master’s in Early Childhood Education, holds a CT Director’s Credential at the Master level, and is a member of the CT Early Childhood Cabinet and State Advisory Council.

Enrichment activities include music, physical education, art, Spanish, Animal Embassy, Occupational and Speech Therapy, and play groups with a clinical/school psychologist.  Field trips for the Preschool 4’s Class include the Westport Library, Westport Fire Headquarters, and Burying Hill Beach with Animal Embassy.

Image result for naeyc accreditation logoCCDC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the most recognized and respected indicator of high quality.  CCDC has been accredited without interruption since 1988, the first program in Westport – and one of the first in the country – to achieve this status.

 

 In 2014, we were recognized as a Certified Nature Explore Classroom, a symbol of our commitment to enrich children’s lives with meaningful outdoor experiences.

 

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRlr-Vdji5LuXziPfKFocX6DzscAt5HeiIsd9WVDKeI3e5QDKLE In January 2015, CCDC was selected as the inaugural Cooperative Learning Lab School for the Early Childhood Program at the University of Connecticut, Stamford Campus.  Interns and student teachers observe and interact with children as part of their course requirements.

 

http://ecohealthychildcare.org/images/logo_r.pngCCDC is endorsed as an Eco-Health Child Care by the Children’s Environmental Health Network, a national program that ensures child care settings are as happy, healthy, safe and green as possible by reducing children’s exposure to toxins.  

Enrollment

CCDC enrolls sixty-three children each year in our five programs. Families are referred through friends, family members, colleagues, realtors, information & referral agencies or internet research. Children are placed in individual programs by the year of their birth and remain with the same cohort of peers throughout their enrollment. Transitions are limited to once per year. The continuity within the groups and the limited transitions supports relationships among children as well as among their families.

Application for Enrollment Families interested in enrollment are required to visit and meet with the Director prior to submitting an application. Our application can be completed online here.

Families with Infants should also complete a supplemental application to be submitted along with the main application. The application for the Infant Program can be downloaded here in PDF fillable format.

We welcome all inquiries!

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We welcome and appreciate your support. Throughout our history, CCDC has been committed to providing scholarships to low and moderate income families who could not otherwise afford to join our community. All donations are directed to our Scholarship Fund.

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Online Inquiry Form

Thank you for your interest in joining the CCDC family! We welcome inquiries from families interested in learning more about our philosophy and approach to early childhood care and education. Please complete and submit the Inquiry Form below and we will contact you. If you do not hear from us within two business days, please feel free to call us at 203-226-8033 ext.7


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