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Child Development Center

The Child Development Center (CDC) is a nonprofit preschool and child care center that offers an affordable, safe and stimulating environment to children of ACC students, staff and faculty, and families in the community. Located in the North Building on the ACC Littleton Campus, the CDC is convenient for drop-off and pick-up. Half- and full-day schedules are available for 2, 3, and 5 days per week.  All children must be currently enrolled in the center to attend as we do not accept drop-ins. The Center is licensed for 55 children, ages 2 ½ - 8 years of age (school-age available during summer only). The Arapahoe Community College Child Development Center accepts children 2 ½ years of age in or out of diapers. 

Our child care center provides a clean, healthy and nurturing setting where children build cognitive, language, physical and social/emotional skills. The CDC provides designated areas and activities geared to specific age groups to ensure children are challenged and encouraged to build age appropriate skills. The Center utilizes research-based Creative Curriculum®, a comprehensive, customized approach supporting effective teaching that makes learning exciting and relevant to each child.

Learning centers include: Dramatic Play, Blocks, Science/Math, Art, Library/Listening Center, Writing Center, Music, Games/puzzles/lacing, Sensory Table, and Computers/Technology.

View a sample of a daily schedule your child could follow.

Licensing and Accreditation

The Arapahoe Community College Child Development Center is licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services. The Center is also inspected by the Department of Health and Littleton Fire Department to ensure a safe, clean and healthy setting for your child. The Center exceeds the minimum standards these agencies require for staffing ratios, heath, safety, nutrition, space, facilities, and staff training via our National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation.

Hours and Days of Operation

7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

The Center is closed the following days:

      • Labor day
      • Thanksgiving Day
      • Friday after Thanksgiving
      • Christmas Day through New Year’s Day
      • Memorial day
      • Week of July 4th for training
      • Other days designated by the College such as severe weather

Enrollment Procedures

Child care services are arranged each semester on a first-come, first-serve basis according to college registration with some slots reserved for full-time only. Currently registered families receive priority for the following semester. A continuous enrollment option is also available. We typically have a waitlist started a few months before each semester so early registration is recommended.

ACC students, staff, faculty, and the community may arrange child care hours to accommodate class, study or work-study schedules, or employment opportunities. Half- and full-day schedules are available for 2, 3, and 5 days per week. Child care service and schedule accommodations are subject to availability and are not guaranteed. 

Procedure for Enrollment

  • Schedule a tour of the Center by calling (303)797-5678
  • On-site tour of the Center and Enrollment interview/orientation
  • Identification and discussion of the child’s needs including a health plan and Individual Family Service Plan or Individual Education plan when appropriate
  • Completion of in-take forms including verification Parent/Guardian Handbook has been read
  • Payment of Registration Fee/child (see rates)
  • After child placement has been made in a classroom, a Contract will be signed and payment of the first week’s tuition is required to guarantee the spot

See the 2013-2014 rates. See the 2014-2015 rates.

To learn more about the CDC, view the CDC Details and these Frequently Asked Questions.

To schedule a tour of our facilities, please contact kimberly.steele@arapahoe.edu or call (303)797-5678.