Child Development Center

childhood development center

Welcome to Johnston Community College Child Development Center!  We are a full-time child development center serving children ages two to five years.   We are a licensed facility with a 5-star child care license – the highest rating for child care centers in North Carolina as well as nationally accredited by NAEYC (the only facility in Johnston County to have earned this prestige).  These accomplishments demonstrate that we are committed to excellence in staff education/experience and high program standards.

We are open to all children and families who may benefit from our program (JCC affiliated or community families) – regardless of race, color, religion, nationality, age, disability, or creed.

Mission Statement

As an integrated part of the college, the mission of JCC Child Development Center is to create a living, functioning example of early childhood education "best practices." In this way, we meet the needs of the families we serve by providing the best possible environment for our children to learn and grow. We also meet the needs of the college and the community at large, by helping train teachers to work with young children in a caring, respectful, and enriching way. Our goal is to provide the best care possible for young children, and to help Early Education Students become next generation of Early Education Professionals.

Program History

The Johnston Community College Child Development Center was established in 1998 as an extension of the Early Childhood Education department to serve the needs of students in the program, as well as parents attending classes at the college and community families who need quality care for their children during working hours.  Each semester, we host a number of JCC Early Childhood Education adult students completing their "practicum" course. These student teachers work alongside the CDC staff, and learn to observe, care for, and effectively work with young children in the educational classroom setting.

Program Philosophy

Our caring and professional teaching staff is committed to providing the very best for your child.  JCC has provided a warm, safe and secure environment in which to serve children in an inclusive, inviting, and enriching way.  Our unfolding curriculum is based in thematic learning through activity plans developed by the lead teaching staff.   These plans key into children's individual learning styles through art, pre-science and math, dramatic play, literacy and language development, music, fine motor manipulative and gross motor development.  We also strive to promote the intellectual, physical, mental, social and emotional development of each child in our care.  In this development, we consider ourselves partners with families in the nurturing of children and we believe that this partnership encourages the highest level of growth.

We Are Accepting Pre-Applications!
Complete your online pre-application for the JCC Child Development Center.
Pre-applications are also available in the Director's office located in the Health Sciences Building, room F141.

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday:
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

"The Child Development Center is closed during ALL JCC campus holidays/spring/fall/winter breaks- we operate 48 weeks per year"- a comprehensive calendar is available upon request. 

Ages Served:
Children ages 12 months – 5 years old

*All families welcome-Faculty, Staff, Student and surrounding Community Members

Registration/Materials Fee: $50 - due annually
Tuition: Preschool (ages 3-5) $160/week
2-year old classroom $180/week
1 year olds $195/week
(effective October 2018)

All Lead Teachers hold a mimimum of an AAS in Early Childhood Education, several hold a Bachelor degree in
Early Childhood Education/ related field.

Find out more about the JCC Child Development Center and what we can offer your child.  We are located on the first floor of the Health Sciences Building at our main campus location; 245 College Road, Smithfield, NC 27577.                                                                                                 

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More about NAEYC accreditation
More about NC Early Educator Certification

For more information, contact:

Katlyn Peedin l Child Development Center Director
Johnston Community College l PO Box 2350
Smithfield, NC 27577
Office: Health Building F141
Phone: (919) 209-2010