About Us

Our History

The Child Development Center started as a dream for First Baptist Associate Pastor of Education, Moray Loring. In 1968, she, along with other church members, started preparing for the preschool to open its doors after the new year. In 1969, the Child Development Center welcomed its first students to the preschool.

The goal of this service mission based school is to provide a preschool education curriculum for all children. In its 50 years of existence, CDC has helped educate hundreds of children in Columbia through hands on learning and engaging activities.

We believe in small class sizes so your children can get the individualized attention they need. All of CDC’s teachers hold degrees in child development and related fields and continue to receive ongoing training. 

Our Mission

The mission of Child Development Center is to provide exceptional care and a quality preschool education while fostering social, physical, moral, and intellectual development. 

Our Philosophy

At the Child Development Center, we believe learning is a lifelong process where learners develop knowledge through their physical and social environments. CDC utilizes the Project Construct program which focuses on four key areas of development. 
                                  – Social 
                                  – Cognitive
                                  – Representational
                                  – Physical

The classrooms mirror the diversity of Columbia and as such, Child Development Center is open to all children, regardless of their backgrounds. 


The Child Development Center is a state-licensed preschool, meaning it is held to high standards and is inspected for health and safety several times per year. We hold Missouri Accreditation, meaning we demonstrate quality indicators for curriculum, staff, and management. All staff members are CPR certified. 

Move Smart

The Child Development Center implements the Missouri Move Smart program, designed to help your children stay active while at school. Each day at CDC, your children will enjoy 90 minutes of physical activity—30 structured minutes led by teachers and 60 minutes of unstructured free time.

Eat Smart Program

Being part of Eat Smart means your child will receive a variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins, whole grains, and low-fat milk everyday. Included in your tuition package, your child will receive a full breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack.