Hours of Operation
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Children are enrolled on a full time basis; however, their daily schedule may coincide with the class schedule of the parent. There is no "drop-in" or part-time care.
The Child Development Center is located on the first floor of the Omniplex Building, Room 100.
Ways to Apply
You can call (423) 697-4412, come by the center to pick up an application, or use our convenient online application. There is a waiting list, so apply now!
The Child Development Center (CDC) is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and licensed through the Tennessee Department of Human Services with a three star rating. Children of Chattanooga State employees and students between six weeks of age and pre-kindergarten are eligible to attend.
The CDC utilizes developmentally appropriate practices for the infants and toddlers in its care with the goal of preparing these young children to be ready to enter school with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes essential for future success.
Students in the Early Childhood Education Department are strongly encouraged to complete their observations and practicum hours in the CDC. Additionally, an ECED faculty member annually serves on the Child Development Center Advisory Board and the CDC Director serves on the Early Childhood Advisory Board.
We believe that all children are unique individuals, and our goal is to provide the best environment in which self-esteem, confidence, and pre-academic skills may flourish.
The Center has adopted The Creative Curriculum. Teachers have been trained on its content. Preparation of developmentally appropriate learning activities and lesson plans are written each week.
Illustrations of such learning include:
- weighting objects
- measuring and pouring cornmeal
- going on nature walks
- pressing leaves and flowers
- identifying insects
- catching butterflies
Themes are explored through:
- creative movement
Children will use all five senses in concrete and abstract learning activities.
We have a very highly qualified and caring staff. Staff members are:
- CDA certified or holds an Associate or Bachelor degree
- trained in C.P.R. and first aid
- attend additional training throughout the year to keep current with trends and ideas in childcare
All employees have passed a background check which is required by the State of Tennessee.