About Us

Serving children ages 16 months through six years in an inclusive enviroment.

Open 7:00 A.M. - 5:45 P.M., weekdays, year-round.

Breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack served in family dining style.

Six classrooms with 12 co-teachers.

A continuing education resource for VCU faculty, staff and students.

Program History

The VCU Child Development Center was established over 100 years ago as the Belle Bryan Nursery to serve families in need.

VCU assumed responsibility for the operation of the center in 1971 after recognizing that many of its patrons were employees of the university and realizing the need to establish a childcare center in the Richmond area. It operates under the oversight of the VCU School of Education.

CDC Building

The present location formerly served as the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Elementary School. The exterior architectural integrity of this old building was preserved, including the granite signs over the doors of the East and West entrances delineating separate entrances for boys and girls. Inside the building, a state of the art HVAC and security system, and modern childcare classrooms are complimented by the original arched windows.

We provide quality care for children of VCU faculty, staff, and students. 

The center is licensed annually by the Virginia Department of Social Services and has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. NAEYC accreditation has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education.



Our curriculum is based on The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers, & Twos and The Creative Curriculum for Preschool. The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is directly aligned with Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Standards for Literacy and Mathematics. The two curriculums are comprehensive approaches that help teachers with the classroom environment, activities, and how to work with children on different developmental levels.  Each curriculum includes a continuum of goals and objectives to help guide planning so that all aspects of development can be achieved.  This creates the solid foundation for future development in all domains.


Our mission is to provide high quality, developmentally appropriate care and education for the children of faculty, staff, and students as well as to serve as a model and resource to families, students, and the community.


We are committed to supporting healthy and professional relationships with children, families, colleagues, and the community. Founded upon the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct, it is our responsibility to provide high quality early childhood care and education to children in a safe, healthy, nurturing, and responsive environment. As we strive to develop the whole child, we commit to a partnership with families that will address the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs of the child. To achieve these goals we must establish strong relationships with each other and the community to meet the diverse needs of the children and families we serve.

Our Classrooms



Preschool 1


Preschool 2


Preschool 3


Toddler 1


Toddler 2

New Playground

Playground 2


Playground 2



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