2018 Spring Homes Tour and Luncheon

From the stunning new backyard project and architectural delight of the Kishimoto home to the continuing massive restoration project of the Brooks’ 1905 Victorian home, the 2018 Spring Homes Tour promises an illuminating and fun-filled day for its guests!

This biennial CCDC fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, May 6 from 11:00 to 4:30. Once again lunch is included in the $25 ticket price and will be served from 11:00-2:00 at Occasions at Wedgefield.

We are thrilled to feature five distinctive residences and are grateful to these owners for sharing their homes with us:

Gerry Dukes especially enjoys the screened porch and patio in her charming “Classic Charleston” frame home in the cozy neighborhood of Village Walk. Equally charming, but with a totally different feel, is Gerrie and Leroy Adams’ spacious “English Country style” home in Clarendon Hall. Visit Nancy Gordon’s beautifully appointed single-story “Village Home” to get a feel for the close-knit, multi-generational community of Patrick Square. On a strikingly different note is Toshiko and Yuji Kishimotos’ home designed by owner/architect, Yuji, in Creekside at Clemson. (Be sure to walk at least part way down to the lake on the recently completed backyard wooden walkway!) In total contrast is the astonishing, on-going renovation of the huge 1905 Victorian home of Katherine and Tripp Brooks in Central. (Owners will share some “before and after” stories and photos.)

We know that many people have been curious, so as a bonus, tour guests have been invited to visit the newly completed Professor J.J. Porter Bed & Breakfast on Issaqueena Trail. Part of Regina Porter’s mission is to foster community involvement by welcoming musicians and artists of all types into her B & B home.

So spread the word, save the date, gather a carload of friends, and get your tickets! Carpooling is encouraged and the homeowners especially appreciate having tour guests park as efficiently and considerately as they can.

Because every dollar goes into the CCDC scholarship fund to provide a top-notch, affordable pre-school education for those who need it, we tremendously appreciate the support of all our amazing sponsors—individuals, area businesses, and local organizations who have come forward with financial sponsorships. Many thanks to the homeowners who so graciously open their homes and to the legion of volunteers who plan and organize the event and who help on the day of the tour.

Remember, it’s all about the children…and contributing to the CCDC scholarship fund. The overwhelming research on the lifelong benefits of a positive pre-school experience brings us right back around to “a good beginning never ends.” See you May 6!

Ticket Information

Tickets $25.00 (includes lunch)

Tickets available April 1 by mail from the CCDC.  Call us at 864.654.3345 or email us at ccdc1@bellsouth.net

Tickets will be sold beginning April 1 by these area supporters:

  • Hubbard/Young Pharmacy – 402 College Avenue, Clemson, and
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Tickets will be on sale at individual homes (exact change or checks only).

All proceeds support the scholarship program at the Clemson Child Development Center.


Solar Eclipse Training

The total solar eclipse will be visible on August 21. We’ll be ready for it! On Thursday, July 27, six graduate students from the physics and astronomy department at Clemson University came to do a lot of great eclipse learning activities with our 3’s and 4k children. Here are some photos.

Blasting Off into Summer!

Yrocketou will not want to miss a single day of summer fun at CCDC!

The 4K class is ready to blast off into summer with a focus on space so they’ll be ready to appreciate the August 21st total solar eclipse! They will study the planets, stars, and our solar system along with astronauts and the equipment they use. They may want to grow up and BE astronauts! Who knows?

A few of the other great activities planned are gardening, water fun, and some bug hunting. There will be a field trip to the CAT Bus station, the fire station, and trips to the Central/Clemson Library.

Our younger classes will be focusing on learning activities related to the ocean and the beach. As always, tie-dye shirt day, the July 4th parade, and spray day with the fire truck are a big part of our summer fun! We’ll look forward to seeing YOU!

Congratulations 4K graduates

From the “Bug Hunter Award” to the “Future Comedian,” and the “Lawyer Award” (everyone’s right!) to the “Amazing Artist,” the graduates and their parents alike beamed from ear to ear as 4K teacher, Ms. Dorian Young, presented the Personality Awards. CCDC’s 4K Graduation was the usual gala affair with director, Sharon Hwu, and board president, Carol Wiley, welcoming parents and guests, and the capped and gowned graduates being presented as they processed one-by-one into the auditorium and onto the stage.

Sharon recognized former teachers Ms. Robbie and Ms. Sabrina, the 4K assistants Ms. Abigail and Ms. Andrea, and all the others who have worked with these children. She also thanked volunteer librarians, Gervais Emanuel and Barbara Allen, for their many hours of faithful service. Carol Wiley spoke about the very supportive and active board, reiterating that it is always, “all about the children.”

Parent Jennifer Mauldin, who has also volunteered faithfully doing creative movement activities with the children, spoke on behalf of the parents praising the director, the teachers, and the CCDC’s supportive environment and dedication. The program closed with Ms. Dorian directing the children in absolutely the cutest presentation ever of “The Three Little Pigs”! Then everyone enjoyed a wonderful array of refreshments furnished by the parents. The event concluded with gift bags for all the graduates and the traditional “releasing of the butterflies.” Once more we are proud to send an amazing group of very well-prepared 4K children off to the public schools! Good luck, graduates! 

Our Wish List

Your donation of the items listed below will free up dollars that can be used elsewhere. Bring items to the CCDC office: 216 Butler St., Clemson, SC.

Paper Products
Paper Towels
Toilet Paper
8″ plates and 7″ bowls for afternoon snacks
Lunch size brown and white paper bags
5 oz. cups (no styrofoam)
Kleenex tissue
Child-size forks and spoons (no plastic)
Art supplies appropriate for ages 1 to 4

Cleaning Supplies
Lysol spray
Wet Ones
Hand sanitizer
Non-bleach laundry washing powder
33-gal. trash bags
Liquid hand soap

Kitchen Supplies
Waxed paper
Ziploc bags
Aluminum wrap

Office Supplies
Copy paper (8.5 x 11 or 11 x 17)
3 tab folders
Tape for dispenser
Blank name tags
Labels (address and shipping)
Standard size staples
Pens (any color)
Poster board (any color)
Dry Erase markers
permanent markers

For info on making a donation contact the CCDC office:
864-654-3345 or ccdc1@bellsouth.net.

S.C. First Steps 4-Year-Old Kindergarten


Clemson Child Development Center is now accepting 4-year-old kindergarten applications. Qualifying families receive FREE TUITION. Students attend classes 6.5 hours a day, five days a week during the 180-day school year.

To qualify, children must:

  • Be four years old on or before September 1, 2017 (a copy of child’s birth certi cate is required)
  • Be eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program or Medicaid (a copy of child’s Medicaid card or tax return
    proof of SNAP eligibility, TANF, SSE, etc. is required)
  • Reside in Oconee County (two forms of residency veri cation, such as a current tax bill, utility bill or rental
    agreement is required)

Before and after school care is available for a small fee.

There is no registration fee. To learn more, please contact Clemson CDC at (864) 654-3345. Applications may be re- turned to Clemson CDC, 216 Butler Street, Clemson, SC 29631

Please note: Clemson Child Development Center’s 4K program is also available for a fee to other 4-year-olds.

To help young children of all ages who are in need, our center offers scholarships based on family size and family income, and we will continue to participate in Pickens County First Steps scholarship program, which provides child care tuition assistance to eligible children who reside in Pickens County.