A little history of CCDC
Founded in 1968 by the Clemson Chapter of the South Carolina Council on Human Relations, the primary purpose of the Clemson Day Care Center, as it was first called, was to provide quality pre-school education to African-American children preparing to enter the newly integrated school system. In 1969, the Day Care Center opened its doors to 20 children on 2.5 acres of wooded, landscaped property on McGee Street… and remained there for 38 years. In 1975, with funding from federal, state, and local grants, its mission expanded to provide a 12-month comprehensive child development program, and its name changed to reflect the expanded vision. The Clemson Child Development Center (CCDC) served children from six weeks to five years old until public schools implemented a five-year-old kindergarten program. It was also one of the first sites in the state to offer a 4K pre-school curriculum as a part of SC First Steps. In February 2007, having outgrown the original facilities, CCDC moved to our present location, in the historic Calhoun School building (and former Morrison Annex) on Butler Street where we currently nurture and educate 70 children.
Today, CCDC is run by Clemson Child Development Center, Inc., a 501c(3) organization. The board of directors includes members from local congregations and the community at large. The student body is ethnically and socio-economically diverse. Staff members have experience in early childhood education and development and attend annual training programs. CCDC is licensed by the Department of Social Services and adheres to all child care and developmental standards required by the ABC Voucher System.
The facilities at the current CCDC include classrooms, a library, three playgrounds, a lunchroom within an auditorium, full kitchen, conference room, teacher’s lounge, and office areas.
Staff includes 10 full time teachers, 4 part time teachers, and 5 office/ kitchen staff. Low teacher/pupil ratios provide the children with the individual attention they need.
Teacher to student ratios:
Infant class: 1 teacher to 4 children
1-year-old class: 1 teacher to 5 children
2-year-old class: 1 teacher to 7 children
3-year-old class: 1 teacher to 11 children
4- & 5-year olds: 1 teacher to 13 children
SC First Steps 4K program: 1 teacher to 10 children
CCDC accepts children from six week through four year kindergarten age, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, political beliefs, or physical challenges.
Around 70 children, coming from 60 families, are enrolled at CCDC. The Center fosters an environment of diversity. Currently ethnic diversity is 38% African American, 25% white, 25% Bi-racial, 2% Hispanic, 3% Pacific Islander, and 7% Asian.
A typical day
The Center is open each weekday from 7:00am to 5:30pm. A nutritional breakfast is served at 8:00. At 9:00 the children begin classroom instruction which continues throughout the day in both structured and unstructured settings. The children are provided a nutritious lunch and an opportunity for rest. Age level playgrounds are used for outdoor play, and a large screened in play area is used during inclement weather.