89 Church Street            P. O. Box 648

Highlands, NC 28741

phone  (828) 526-8905

Early Childhood Education Programs at HCCDC:


HCCDC provides a comprehensive early childhood education and development program using the nationally-recognized Creative Curriculum Gold Standard. Children are divided into age groups each having a qualified lead teacher and one or more assistant teachers. Every child has his or her own individualized Lesson Plan. The learning experience is provided throughout the day in the classroom, in group play activities, and outdoors on the large playground. Two of the lead teachers and the Programs Director have more than 20 years experience each in the classroom.
Teaching staff are provided year round college training opportunities in Early Childhood Education subjects. Facility computers and time are provided for study and homework assignments. Four to six teachers participate in this program each semester taking online courses from Southwestern Community College.  Additionally, all staff complete required continuing education annually and other training available from Smart Start, the Health Department, and the State of NC.

HCCDC’s nutritionist and cook, Mary Ramey,  has worked for this Center and its predecessor since 1994. The center’s Food Program features two freshly prepared hot meals a day and an afternoon snack for every child prepared onsite in HCCDC's commercial kitchen.

 Supplemental programs and services include Computer Pals training and Music Appreciation programs for 3-5 year olds, annual medical exams, annual dental, vision, and hearing exams, onsite speech therapy assistance for children with hearing or speech deficiencies, participation in local church vacation bible schools, regular library field trips for reading and story telling experiences, and home reading programs for the parents; e.g., Raising A Reader.
 HCCDC has its own children’s library housing over 1,000 children’s books for use by parents and children at home. The library is maintained by community and church volunteers.



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