Our 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 Child Development Center follows the licensing standards established 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.