Congregational Child Development Center is held in the educational unit of the First Congregational United Church of Christ at 327 North Washington Street, Owosso, Michigan since 1950. CCDC is licensed by the state of Michigan to conduct such a center. This means that the center's standards of public health and safety and the necessary teacher qualifications have been met or exceeded. CCDC has been rated a 4 Star Rating through the Great Start to Quality Program.
to provide a variety of activities within our curriculum which will further the growth and
development of each child socially, emotionally, physically, and academically at his/her level
to provide opportunities for parents to grow in the understanding of children and their needs through planned parent programs and by meeting and working with other parents and teachers who have as their common concern the interests and needs of the preschool child
to meet the need for quality early childhood education and to contribute to the wholesome growth and development of the future citizens of the community.
Congregational Child Development Center is an early childhood educational program sponsored by the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ. Within this Christian environment, our program challenges the child’s abilities at given developmental stages and encourages the child to develop their God given interests and talents. This early childhood program believes that each child is a Child of God, and therefore will be treated as a Child of God, with loving care and genuine concern for his/her well-being. Congregational Child Development Center provides activities that are developmentally appropriate so that he/she can master, retain, and relate to that which is presented. We view “play” (the child’s work) as a vitally important aspect of a child’s development that must be provided for in any good early childhood program. Our classrooms are arranged to provide materials and opportunities as well as allow areas for all types of play and learning to happen. We believe that a non-threatening, secure, and yet challenging environment is vitally important to the preschooler in order that he/she may grow and develop to their fullest potential. Lastly, because children are growing rapidly at this age, we believe there is a need for balanced nutritional snacks and a well-defined program in exercise and gross motor training exposure, as well as realizing the importance of rest.
Our Classes & Curriculum
Toddler Room | 30 months old | 6:15AM-6:15PM
The toddler teachers provide parents with daily activity sheets. Parents may write instructions about feeding, sleeping, etc. for the teachers. Your child’s primary caregiver/teacher records daily activities. A toddler's learning is thoughtfully and intentionally supported in the areas of language arts, mathematical thinking, science, social studies, the arts, motor skills, and social-emotional learning. Children learn skills to help them take care of themselves and each other. Our teachers guide children in their discoveries and foster the skills of life-long learning. Curriculum planning in all of our early childhood programs is guided by The Thematic Approach, a way of teaching and learning, whereby many areas of the curriculum are connected together and integrated within a theme. We believe in using teaching methods that match the way children develop and learn. CCDC’s early childhood programs are designed to nurture each child’s social and emotional development while providing learning experiences that enhance development. Parents will provide all diapers (disposable only), wipes, formula (if applicable), and any special foods (see restricted diet). Diapers will be checked and changed (if necessary) on a regular basis. A diapering log will be kept at each changing station.
Daycare Program | 33 months-12 years | 6:15AM-6:15PM
The daycare program is open year round for children 33 months through 12 years old. All children are involved in a program of play and learning experiences, which are appropriate for the ages of the children. A balance of active and quiet activities will be provided for, with individual and group activities, which are geared toward the emotional, social, physical, aesthetic, and individual growth of young children. The center will furnish breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, and mid-afternoon snack. The center offers Motor Development training in the morning for thirty minutes (see more on Motor Development Program below).
Young Preschool Program | 3-4 years | Monday - Thursday | 8:45AM-12:00PM or 1:00PM-4:15PM
This class is designed for the three and four year old children. In this class the child will be exposed to the alphabet, shapes, numbers, and colors. Classrooms will offer many “hands-on” opportunities in the areas of language, science, and math. The preschool term normally begins in September and ends the last Friday in May or the first Friday in June. The preschool will be in session for approximately 35 weeks, not including the one week we close for Christmas vacation and the one week we close for spring vacation. *All children in this preschool program are required to be 3 years old by Sept. 1st and must be potty trained.
Pre-K Preschool Program | 4-5 years | Monday - Friday | 8:45AM-12:00PM or 1:00PM-4:15PM
This class is designed for the four and five year old children. The child will be introduced to pre-kindergarten activities that excite the children about learning. The classroom will offer many “hands-on” opportunities in the areas of language arts, fine arts, music, art, science, math, and social studies. The activities in the class are designed to give the child experiences that will help them be ready for their next educational experience of kindergarten. The preschool term normally begins in September and ends the last Friday in May or the first Friday in June. The preschool will be in session for approximately 35 weeks, not including the one week we close for Christmas vacation and the one week we close for spring vacation. *All children in this preschool program are required to be 4 years old by Sept. 1st, going to Kindergarten the following year, and must be potty trained.
Before and After School Care | School Age Children
During the regular school year, CCDC participates in the Owosso Public School “After School Care Busing Program”. School-age children are transported from this center to their elementary school and from their elementary school back to this center. During the summer the center offers a full day program for the school-age child.
Motor Development Program
The Motor Development Program curriculum at CCDC will involve guided instruction and exposure in the following categories of movement behavior:
Locomotive Movement - Walking, Bending, Running, Jumping, Galloping, Hopping, Leaping, Dodging, Skipping, and Climbing.
Manipulative Movements - Ball Rolling, Ball Bouncing, Throwing, Catching, Volleying, Striking, Kicking, Trapping, and Punting.
Stability Movements - Stretching, Turning, Swinging, Inverted Supports, Body Rolling Starting-Stopping, and Balancing.
Low organized games and relays will be used as a means of enhancing movement abilities appropriate to the child’s development level. Rhythmic fundamentals and dance will also be an important content area. This program is extremely well equipped and staffed. We feel most fortunate to have the opportunity to offer a program of this magnitude. The program promises to be fun-filled, along with a learning and growing opportunity for your child, one in which each individual child will develop a high level of self-esteem, and experience many levels of success. Motor development will be offered in the mornings of all five days. Each Motor Development class is approximately thirty minutes in length. We ask that the children wear or bring tennis shoes -- this is for their own safety. Our floors are slippery when leather or plastic sole shoes are worn. Jeans or sweats seem to allow the children more freedom of movement.
Music & Chapel
Children will have the opportunity to experiment and enjoy various forms of music through participation in the music program, taught by a trained and qualified instructor. Singing and listening to music, playing different rhythm instruments, dancing and stories are among the opportunities that will be explored by children in the music program. Pastor Debbie leads our children in a joyful, age-appropriate service of praise using music, prayer and bible stories.
The State of Michigan, Department of Human Services, Bureau of Family Services, licenses the Childcare Program at CCDC.