Child Development Center of Central West Virginia

...serving children since 1960

Meet our Staff
Why Choose the CDC
Decades of excellence...
In 1960, the Center opened as a field laboratory for WV Wesleyan's Early Childhood Education Department.  The Center's first home was a converted private residence at the corner of Meade Street and Camden Avenue.

In 1975, the Center moved to its second home, a relocated army barracks joining the Center's current playground.  Originally located at Point Pleasant, WV, this facility had served as housing for troops moving across country by train.  After World War II, the building was situated in the area that is now directly in front of Wesley Chapel and served as Wesleyan's student center.

In 1985, when Wesleyan discontinued its Early Childhood Education major, a group of parents and teachers formed a nonprofit corporation to keep the Center open.  After a feasibility study and a lengthy search to find the best location for the new facility, the Center's Board of Directors chose to build the new center just across the playground.

During the 1990's, the CDC built a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility designed especially for children and initiated a regional training programs for parents, teachers, and caregivers. Our current program reflects both the forethought of the new facility and decades of leading-edge approach to early childhood education.

Over the years, the Center's name has slowly evolved.  First, as Wesleyan's Kindergarten, The Wesleyan Early Learning Center, Wesleyan's Child Development Center, The Child Development Center at West Virginia Wesleyan, and finally, The Child Development Center of Central of West Virginia, Inc.  In the community, we're known simply as "The CDC"!
Events & News
  1. Home visits
    Home visits
    now thru AUG 10
    Teachers conducting home visits for students enrolled in the new school year.
  2. Pool Party!
    Pool Party!
    9 AUG
    End of year/Beginning of year CDC Pool Party
  3. Center Closed
    Center Closed
    11 AUG
    Back-to-School preparation day
  4. Back to School
    Back to School
    14 AUG
    First day of new school year
Nationally Accredited programs are the right choice for kids!
The CDC is the only child care center in Upshur County to have achieved accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the only one to be recognized as a Tier III Quality Program of the WV Department of Health and Human Resources. 
Our Mission and Philosophy

…to the best of our abilities, to ensure the positive emotional, social, physical,
and intellectual development of all young children who enter our Center;
to prepare them for success in school and in life;
to use only developmentally appropriate educational practices;
to support children, their teachers, and their families
in a nurturing environment that is loving, secure, and inclusive;
and realizing that we cannot serve all children within the walls of the Center,
 to be advocates for children everywhere,
promoting their causes and their well being
whenever and wherever possible.
The mission of the Child Development Center is...

Our educational philosophy...

At the Child Development Center, children participate in developmentally appropriate activities, as prescribed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. These experiences are designed to promote the most important accomplishments of the early years – helping the child to feel competent, building a healthy sense of self-esteem, and encouraging enthusiasm toward school and learning. Developmentally appropriate practices are based on knowledge of child development and children’s changing needs as they grow. The school’s educators adhere to the philosophy that young children must be psychologically, socially, and physically prepared before they can be expected to achieve academically. Our aim is to guide each child in the development of self-esteem, confidence, and a positive self-identity.

It's what happens in the classroom that counts!

Any early childhood program can use "child development center" or "CDC" in its name. For more than 55 years, the Child Development Center of Central WV has offered a unique program with special attention to every facet of developmentally appropriate early childhood education.

Other than federal Head Start programs, we're the only nationally accredited program in the county. In Buckhannon and Upshur County. If someone says "The CDC" around here, they're probably talking about us. You'll see the difference in our building, our playground, our highly qualified classroom teachers and the way they interact with the children.

Surf our website, or better yet, come by for a visit and you'll see the CDC difference!