Hours of operation
The Child Development Center is open Monday through Friday, 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and we follow the Columbia Public Schools (CPS) calendar. However, we do stay open when CPS has conference and workshop days.
All children aged 2-5 are welcome to attend the Child Development Center. Each of our classes has two teachers, with teaching aides helping in the afternoon hours. Students are combined into classes according to their age.
Bee class (2-3 years old)
Children in these classes may be experiencing preschool for the first time or may be coming back for a second year. The curriculum emphasizes social development and teaches self-help skills, and we build on the child’s interests and abilities throughout the year. Note: Children must be 2 years old by June 1 to enroll.
Star class (4 and 5 year olds)
Children in this mixed-age class have either one or two years before entering kindergarten. Academic skills are stressed for those preparing to enter kindergarten.
Bear class (Pre-K)
This class is made up of children preparing for kindergarten, and we stress communication with peers and academic development.
In addition to tuition, a $40 enrollment fee is required for each student per school year. Newly enrolled students require a $100 deposit, which will be applied toward the last month’s tuition (typically May). Our facility is safeguarded by a key-card security system, and a $5 deposit is required for each key card your family needs to check out.
Tuition is paid September through May and is due on the 1st of each month (two optional summer sessions are also available). If payment is not received by the 15th of the month, your account will be delinquent and a $10 late charge will be incurred.
There is a 5% sibling discount for second and subsequent children.
Limited scholarships are available. If you qualify for a need-based scholarship, please contact the director.
Two days (Tuesday and Thursday) per week
Three days (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) per week
Five days per week
Flexible scheduling options are available.