Child Development Center
An Educational laboratory providing a high quality early childhood program for college students, faculty, staff, and community members. Our program promotes meaningful experiences, relationship development and a desire for lifelong learning.
Our Mission:To provide a safe, rich learning environment, one deliberately designed with much to explore and discover, to foster the learning of young children. We are dedicated to providing a model setting for local, state, and national early childhood professionals.
Our Philosophy and Curriculum:The Child Development Center philosophy and curriculum reflects the belief that children are competent and capable and that knowledge is constructed through exploration, self-expression, problem-solving, and investigation. A rich physical environment, one deliberately designed with much to explore and discover, is a powerful educational force and essential in helping young children learn. Therefore, much consideration is taken when designing the interior and exterior spaces of the classrooms, playground and curriculum in order to facilitate child-initiated, child-directed, and teacher-supported play. We also believe children need knowledgeable, nurturing, consistent teachers and caregivers who understand the stages of child development, respect family needs and promote cultural diversity. The staff is dedicated to building strong partnerships with families to enrich children's experiences.
The CDC staff is inspired by many experts, especially the work of the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. The infant, toddler, and preschool programs in Reggio are known worldwide for their rich learning environments, thoughtful and meaningful documentation to make learning visible, respectful interactions with children, and strong and sincere relationships with families.
The curriculum is inspired by Developmentally Appropriate Practices, the Reggio Emilia philosophy, and the children! After observing the children using materials and listening to their conversations and theories, the teachers compare, discuss, and interpret together their observations and facilitate the children's learning based on these findings. In fact, the curriculum emerges in the process of each activity or project and is flexibly adjusted accordingly through this continuous dialogue among teachers and children. Projects can last from a few days to several months. They may start either from a chance event, an idea or a problem posed by one or more children, or an experience initiated directly by teachers.
High value is placed on children's words and ideas, as well as their play. Transcriptions of children's remarks and discussions, photographs of their activities and representations of their thinking and learning using many media are displayed to document their work.
Our Staff:The Child Development Center is staffed by educators who have Early Childhood degrees and have experience providing care and education for young children. Students in the Early Care and Education program participate in the Center by observing, documenting, assessing children's development and by facilitating experiences as required by their instructors.
Our Enrollment:Enrollment is available for children 3-years through 12-years old. Children are enrolled based on availability, the Center offers spaces to MGTC students, faculty and staff, and children of the community. The Center has two three year old rooms with a maximum enrollment of 18 per room, and two state funded Pre-K rooms with a maximum enrollment of 22 per room. Before and after school groups have a maximum enrollment of 20.
Hours of Operation:The Center is open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. except for scheduled holidays and professional development days. The Center calendar will align close to that of Middle Georgia Technical College.
Licensure:The Center is licensed to operate by Bright from the Start Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.
Accreditation:The Center is in the self-study portion of the NAEYC Accreditation process.
Visitors:As a community of learners the children, families, and educators at the Child Development Center embrace the opportunity to share our work with others. Please feel free to contact us with inquiries and requests to visit the school. Please contact the Center at 478.988.6824
The Child Development Center Educational Laboratory is now accepting applications for children 3-12 for enrollment!