Child Development Center
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Covenant Presbyterian Church is a dynamic Christian community that gladly invites all people into a transformational experience of faith; boldly proclaims the gospel, bravely works toward a whole and just world, and passionately nurtures discipleship.
For more than 60 years, Covenant has stood as a beacon of faith on the doorstep of uptown Charlotte. We strive to cultivate an atmosphere of genuine welcome to all, care among those associated with our congregation and a sense of belonging in an increasingly fragmented society. Covenant believes in living fully into our faith by sharing God’s love and meeting the challenges facing our community.
About our Child Development Center
Covenant’s Child Development Center is a year-round program for children from six weeks to five years old. Our mission is providing high quality child care and education to children from a variety of backgrounds. When it opens in November, the center will operate Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in a new, specially designed building.
- Classrooms are housed within a defined, secure area of the Covenant campus. Entrances are accessible only by staff, family and guardians of students.
- Covenant will soon add a bus stop along a CATS bus route on Morehead Street.
- Our fully qualified staff has experience in early childhood care and education.
- We offer enrichment programs that broaden and deepen classroom curriculum and help bring concepts and lessons to life.
- All children enjoy daily playtime in our new, dynamic outdoor learning environments.
- Nutritious snacks and lunch are provided on-site daily.
About our commitment to opportunity
As part of Covenant’s commitment to serving families from a variety of backgrounds, the Covenant Child Development Center has established a scholarship endowment for those in need of financial assistance. We seek to serve a school community that reflects our city, both socio-economically and culturally.
Our financial assistance program will support at least 1 in 4 of the Child Development Center’s children by providing up to 50 percent of the monthly tuition. Financial assistance amounts are based upon a family’s ability to meet tuition expenses, availability of seats in age-appropriate classrooms and availability of funds.
About our staff
We are pleased to announce the hiring of Lead Teachers and a Teacher Resource Specialist for our Child Development Center staff.
Please join us in welcoming the following teachers, each of whom will report to Chris Callaway, Managing Director of the CDC.
- Abigail Avalos (Teacher Resource Specialist) comes to us from The Goddard School in Huntersville, where she was a Co-Lead Pre-K Teacher working with four- and five-year-old children. Abigail graduated from UNC Greensboro with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She also has a Master’s degree in Birth-K Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development. Abigail is fluent in Spanish and English.
- Norman Bun (pronounced Boone) (Four-year-old teacher) comes to us from the York County Library in Rock Hill, where he led Itty Bitty Bookworms, a 45-minute program with reading, singing, movement and craft making for infants to toddlers. Norman has 15+ years of early education experience. He graduated from Canada College in Redwood City, CA with a degree in Early Childhood Education.
- Sharee Camp (Infant teacher) comes to us from First United Methodist Church Child Development Center, where she was a Lead Teacher in the two-year-old classroom. Sharee graduated from Central Piedmont Community College with a certification in Early Childhood Education.
- Becca Jette (Toddler teacher) comes to us from Providence Preparatory School, where she was a Lead Teacher responsible for the care of 10 toddlers. Becca graduated from Presbyterian College with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Mathematics.
- Brianna McCombs (Three-year-old teacher) comes to us from Charlotte Child Development Center, part of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on Park Road. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Early Childhood Development.
- Carmen Smith-Williams (Infant teacher) comes to us from the Center for Children, where she was a Lead Teacher in the infant room. Carmen graduated from UNC Greensboro with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies.
- Madison Stock (Two-year-old teacher) comes to us from About Play, an early intervention program in South Carolina that nurtures families in meeting their child’s developmental needs. Madison graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies.
About our curriculum
The Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC)
A Relationship-Based Curriculum
The goal of PITC is to help infant/toddler care teachers recognize the crucial importance of giving tender, loving care and assisting in the infants' intellectual development through an attentive reading of each child's cues. The PITC's videos, guides, and manuals are designed to help child care managers and infant/toddler care teachers become sensitive to infants' cues, connect with their family and culture, and develop responsive, relationship-based care. The training materials provide the foundation for a style of care in which infant/toddler care teachers study the infants in their care, reflect on and record information about the children's interests and skills, and search for ways to set the stage for the child's next learning encounters.
The Creative Curriculum (6th Edition)
The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool is a research-based, comprehensive curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning. The foundational volumes help teachers create a high-quality learning environment and build a thorough understanding of best practices, while the Daily Resources help teachers plan and manage every moment of their day.
As part of the Daily Resources, the Teaching Guides and additional instructional tools provide a wealth of ideas and detailed plans for filling every day with meaningful and engaging experiences designed for all children. Special support helps teachers individualize instruction for English- and dual-language learners in the classroom. What’s more, the curriculum takes the guesswork out of meeting the early learning standards for North Carolina.
Meet our director
A lifelong educator, Chris Callaway began working at a child care center while in high school in his hometown of Ojai, Ca. He earned a degree in child development from Cal State - Northridge. He's been director of an Easter Seals Child Development Center, a Seasonal and Migrant Head Start program, and, most recently, the Isla Vista Children's Center.
In his own words, "I have dedicated my career to enriching the lives of the children and families involved in my programs. My philosophy is to provide high quality educational opportunities in a fun, safe, and caring environment that is tailored to each child's unique abilities and culture."
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the CDC hours of operation?
The center will operate Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Q: What is the tuition rate and are there any fees?
Monthly tuition is as follows:
- Infant: $1,400/month (16 children)
- Toddler: $1,325/month (20 children)
- 2's: $1,250/month (16 children)
- 3's: $1,150/month (18 children)
- 4's: $1,150/month (18 children)
Q: Part of the CDC mission is to serve children from a variety of backgrounds. What is the CDC’s commitment to diversity?
Central to preparing our young students for this world and ensuring the highest quality of education is creating a diverse classroom community within the CDC. Research shows that a diverse environment leads to better learning outcomes for all students. Therefore, the CDC will seek to serve a population of children that is diverse across socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity.
Q: How will the CDC achieve diversity?
Our CDC Advisory Council will include partners representative of the broader Charlotte community. Through these representatives, we will identify opportunities to market our CDC program to families outside of the Covenant church community and the immediate surrounding area.
For questions, please contact CovenantPresbyterianCDC@gmail.com.