Guiding Principles

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The Children’s Community Development Center is designed to meet the needs of young children4s-snack1 and their families in a safe, secure, nurturing and educational environment. Curriculum is rich in opportunities to explore, imagine, create, investigate, discover, problem solve and learn.


Our programs allow different age groups of children to develop in a homelike environment responsive to their abilities, needs and interests. Goals for children include personal and social growth and competence in all areas of development.


We give emphasis to each child’s overall development, individual learning style and well-being. We believe that when curriculum utilizes a child’s area of interest he/she will become actively involved and learning will have relevance. We respect the individuality and preserve the integrity of children. We encourage cooperation, not conformity.leigh-philip1


We recognize the importance of involving parents as partners in their child’s early care and education. Staff and parents work cooperatively and communicate regularly to provide for continuity between home and school, to discuss children’s development and learning and to insure that each child’s experience is consistent with their family and cultural values.


Mission and Diversity Statements

The Children’s Community Development Center’s Mission is “to provide a consistent high quality, accredited early childhood care and education program that enriches children through a developmentally appropriate curriculum, that is responsive to the needs of families and staff and that maintains a high level of parent-staff interaction and involvement in the management and direction of the program.” (By-laws, Article I, paragraph 4.)


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At the Children’s Community Development Center (CCDC), we believe that diversity is essential to the ethical, social, and intellectual development of children. In principle and in practice, CCDC values and seeks diversity in its staff and families. We are committed to fostering a community in which people appreciate and celebrate differences among ourselves – such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, family structure, physical ability, learning style and financial need.


Financial assistance is available to qualified applicants through the State of Connecticut Care 4 Kids program, the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County and the CCDC Suzanne Rubenstein Scholarship Fund.


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