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Child Development Center

Welcome to the St. Charles Community College Child Development Center, a highly accredited child care option open to students, faculty, staff and area residents. We look forward to partnering with you to meet the needs of your child and your family.


Program Information


The SCC Child Development Center utilizes Programs for Infant Toddler Caregiving and Project Construct. Developed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 1986, Project Construct is a learner-centered curriculum and an approach to teaching for preschool, primary and elementary grades. It was developed from research demonstrating that learners construct knowledge through interactions with their physical and social environments.

Project Construct classrooms ...

  • Use students’ interests to motivate and engage them in learning.
  • Encourage children to collaborate and work together.
  • Allow children to take initiative, express opinions, and make choices.
  • View children’s errors as learning opportunities.
  • Assess children’s thinking, as well as their work, in order to teach more effectively.


The physical environments in the Child Development Center are designed to give children opportunities to learn and explore new ideas, while keeping them safe from harm. The physical environment encourages risk-taking and builds confidence, enhances independent and collaborative work habits, and builds relationships of mutual trust and respect.


The center provides flexible and varied programs to meet the needs of working parents and students. The following is a list of program options:

  • Five Days Full-Time;
  • Three Days Full-Time;
  • Two Days Full-Time;
  • Flexible scheduling for students only.
Purpose and Philosophy


The St. Charles Community College Child Development Center is an accredited not-for-profit child care and early learning facility designed to meet the needs of young children by providing a high quality program within a safe and nurturing environment.

The program strives to meet the needs of families through flexible hours and scheduling. The center serves as a laboratory for students working in the fields of child development and nursing.

Enrollment is open to all children between the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years of age, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry or sex, on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Child Development Center recognizes the uniqueness of each child by providing a developmentally appropriate, child-directed learning environment in which the child can construct his/her own knowledge through teacher guided, hands-on experimentation and exploration in the areas of social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.

The center also recognizes the importance of family in the development of each child and welcomes the involvement of parents and family members in the program.

Registration and Tours

Registration and enrollment forms are available at the Child Development Center. A non-refundable registration fee is required to place a child on the waiting list or to enroll him/her. The annual registration fee is $65 for general public and $54 for students, faculty and staff.

To qualify for the student rate, a parent or legal guardian must be enrolled in 6 or more credit hours per semester. A 10% discount will be offered for additional children in a family. The discount will be applied to the oldest sibling. Call to arrange a tour of the center and/or return the wait list form and registration fee to the CDC. You will be contacted when space is available for your child.

Visitors wishing to tour the Child Development Center are invited to call 636-922-8422 to schedule an appointment. Tours are generally conducted between 9-11 a.m. and 2:30-5 p.m.

General Information

Physical Examination

It is required by licensing that each child provide evidence of a physical examination within the last six months preceding enrollment in the center. The center provides a form for this purpose to be signed by a licensed physician and placed in the child’s permanent record within two weeks of enrollment. A complete immunization record is required to be on file on the first day of attendance.


The Child Development Center adheres to the Family Education Right to Privacy Act. Families have the right to have information regarding their child treated in a confidential manner. You may not disclose or exchange any information regarding any child. No one is allowed to take photographs or videos of the children without first obtaining written permission from the parent and verbal permission from either the director or lead teacher.

Family Communication

The center adheres to the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Code of Ethical Conduct that states:

We shall not engage in or support exploitation of families. We shall not use our relationship with a family for private advantage for personal gain, or enter into relationships with family members that might impair our effectiveness in working with children.

The staff will communicate with parents in a positive and supportive manner that encourages the parent-teacher relationship. In the event of a divorce, separation or joint custody ruling, every effort will be made to treat parents equally. Without legal documentation, the staff cannot act as though one parent is more fit than another, each having legal rights to their child.

Every effort shall be made to communicate with parents on a daily basis when they drop off and/or pick up their child. If there has been an unusual or special circumstance during the day, this information shall be passed on to the parents verbally or in a written note. Serious incidents that we feel may be upsetting to the parents shall be communicated verbally.

This information must also be shared with the director or assistant director.

Every effort is made to communicate with parents in a meaningful, convenient way. Please let your child’s teacher know if emails, notes or phone calls would work best for you.

A Parent Board is maintained in the front hallway to post center-wide information such as the weekly menus, upcoming events and holidays.

Each classroom has a Parent Board near the entrance providing information about daily classroom activities, events and alerts. A “Blue Book” or portfolio of your child’s goals and progress is available in his/her cubby. The Blue Books contain valuable documentation such as work samples, anecdotal records and pictures of your child’s progress toward curriculum and individual goals. Look at it often. An art portfolio is also maintained for each child. The Blue Book will remain in the center until your child leaves the center; however, the art portfolio will be given to you at the end of each year.

Information and materials that need your attention will be placed in your child’s cubby daily. Attendance book, medication forms and note pads to communicate with the teacher are available in the gray box near the classroom entrance.

Evidence of classroom projects and children’s work are displayed in the classroom and on the bulletin boards outside of each classroom.

Behavior Management

In accordance with the philosophy of the Child Development Center, as well as the state of Missouri, no physical or verbal abuse is allowed.

Teachers will provide limits in a calm and consistent manner allowing the child to grow in self-control and self-esteem. Teachers and staff will work with children to develop conflict resolution skills necessary to solve their own disagreements in an appropriate manner.

Experienced teachers recognize potential problems before they occur and can redirect the child’s behavior before it becomes unacceptable.

  • Teachers help children express and acknowledge their choices.
  • Teachers help children evaluate their actions, verbalize alternatives and consider the perspective of others.
  • Children are guided and supported as they learn to accept the natural consequences of their actions.

Should discipline problems arise that cannot be successfully dealt with in the classroom environment, the parents or legal guardians will be notified immediately. All reasonable attempts will be made to work with the child and the family to resolve differences. A conference including the teacher, director (if needed), and the parents will be convened to determine a plan of action and discuss possible community resources available. Permission from the parents will be required to consult community resources. Failure on the part of the family to work with staff members and community resource persons called in for assistance will constitute grounds for dismissal from the program.

Enrollment will be terminated if the child’s placement in the classroom compromises the health, safety and well being of the other children or staff members in the program.

Parents who do not agree with the teacher have the following recourse:

Should difficulties or problems arise that cannot be resolved through normal channels (e.g., parent-teacher conferences, three-way conferences with parent, teacher, and director), an ad-hoc committee will be convened to assist in negotiating the differences. This committee will consist of the CDC director, assistant director, one CDC lead teacher not involved, the vice-president for human resources, parents, and invited community resources (if needed by parents or CDC).

A plan of action or determination will be provided and a timeline for re-evaluation will be made at that time.

Action Plan for Identifying Special Needs in Children

  • Children exhibiting signs of the need for additional assistance are observed, and data is gathered defining their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Parents are contacted and dialogue is established to discuss the concerns they may have as well as those of the teacher. Strategies are brainstormed to strengthen weaknesses or refer for further evaluation. (The parents and/or teacher may call a conference at any time deemed necessary.)
  • Data is collected on the defined strategies.
  • If further evaluation is needed, parents are referred to the Parents As Teachers Program for screening or to other community resources.
  • Teachers attend I.E.P. (individualized education plan) meetings and collaborate with parents and special education professionals to develop appropriate education plans for the child. Services are delivered in the child’s classroom whenever possible.
  • The Child Development Center collaborates with the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board through a grant to provide necessary adaptive equipment and materials a child may need to be successful in an inclusive environment.

Field Trips

Field trips are utilized to enhance the curriculum and provide children with experiences available on campus. Teachers frequently take children on short excursions to other areas of the campus. Due to the varied and flexible scheduling of many of our families, we do not participate in field trips away from our campus environment. Parents are asked to sign a permission/authorization for children to visit other areas of the campus.

Outdoor Play

Parents should be aware of weather conditions and dress children accordingly, as outdoor play is an integral part of the daily schedule. Children participate in outdoor play when temperatures are above 20 degrees (wind chill factor 10 degrees) and below 100 degrees. Children do not participate in outdoor play on days when air quality is designated “red.” A physician’s statement is required for those children wishing to refrain from outdoor play for medical reasons.

Tuition and Fees

Fees vary according to the child's age and type of program. See schedule below.

Registration and enrollment forms are available at the Child Development Center. A non-refundable registration fee is required to place a child on the waiting list or to enroll him/her. The fee is $65 for general public and $54 for students, faculty and staff. To qualify for the student rate, a parent or legal guardian must be enrolled in six or more credit hours per semester. A 10% discount will be offered for additional children in a family. The discount will be applied to the oldest sibling.

Fee Schedule

Effective July 2019

SCC Faculty, Staff & Students

5 days/week $253
3 days/week $191
2 days/week $160
2-Year-Old Program
5 days/week $201
3 days/week $142
2 days/week $115
3-5-Year-Old Program
5 days/week $189
3 days/week $124
2 days/week $98
Flexcare: $8/hour

General Public

5 days/week $305
3 days/week $231
2 days/week $193
2-Year-Old Program
5 days/week $242
3 days/week $171
2 days/week $139
3-5-Year-Old Program
5 days/week $227
3 days/week $149
2 days/week $118

Late Pick-Up Fee

A late fee of $2 per minute will be assessed past 6 p.m. Late fees for flex-care will be assessed 15 minutes after scheduled time of pick-up. Late fees will be added to weekly tuition fees.

Direct Dial to Classrooms
RoomPhone Number
RM A 636-922-8302
RM B 636-922-8501
RM C 636-922-8516
RM D 636-922-8305
RM E 636-922-8612
RM F 636-922-8303
RM G 636-922-8711
RM H 636-922-8513
Basement 636-922-8519
History of the Center

The St. Charles Community College Child Development Center was founded in January 1996 to meet the needs of our growing student body, faculty and staff. The CDC began serving 30 children, 3 through 5 years of age, in one classroom of the Student Center Building. Construction of the present site began in October 1995, and the building opened in May 1996 serving 88 children between the ages of 2 and 8. In 2000, the building was expanded to meet the growing demands of the campus community and general public, allowing us to serve 156 children from infancy through kindergarten entry.

The center strives to provide an environment of high quality, developmentally appropriate early care and education for young children. The center has been accredited by Missouri Accreditation since 1998. We are recognized as a demonstration school for the National Center for Project Construct. The center collaborates with area agencies such as Youth In Need, Early Head Start, and the Division of Family Services to meet the individual needs of each child and family.

The center serves as a resource for area professionals in early care and education. We also serve as a laboratory site for students in early education.

The center will continue to look for ways to serve the needs of our families as we grow.


Licensing and Accreditation

The center is licensed to operate a full-day child care center for 156 children between the ages of 6 weeks through 5 years of age. Licensure requires centers to meet health and safety guidelines established by Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Licensing representatives visit the center a minimum of two times per year. Licenses are renewed every two years. The Child Development Center’s license is located at the front entrance of the building.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Eastern District
220 South Jefferson
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
Shirley Ellis

The Child Development Center has been accredited by Missouri Accreditation of Early Childhood Education Programs since 1998. Missouri Accreditation recognizes programs that are striving for excellence. It provides child care and education professionals with quality indicators that serve as guidelines for all aspects of program planning and implementation. These indicators are based on the strengths and needs of each child, knowledge of how children grow and develop and developmentally appropriate program planning and guidance. Accreditation also serves as a guide to families who want to choose the best available program for their children.

The Child Development Center certificate of accreditation is located at the front entrance of the building.

Employment and Practicum Students

Candidates who wish to apply for a position at the Child Development Center are encouraged to visit and click Employment. Applications are solicited for each position available and should be submitted to the SCC Office of Human Resources located in the Administration Building. Applications are not kept on file or transferred to other positions.

Child Development Center Positions

Assistant Director
Lead Teacher
Assistant Teacher
Child Care Worker
Office Assistant

Practicum Students

The Child Development Center is an accredited, licensed program serving children six weeks to five years of age. We offer students opportunities to observe, collect data and complete practicum experiences.

The CDC utilizes Project Construct Framework in our teaching practices. It is a learner-centered approach to teaching where children construct knowledge through interactions with their physical and social environments.

Practicum students must present a copy of a recent physical, negative TB test and a Child Abuse and Neglect Screening.

To schedule an observation or inquire about practicum placement, contact Liz Quiggins at 636-922-8422 or

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Contact Information

Liz Quiggins,
Academic Advisor
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