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       Nancy W. Darden Child Development Center                                                 
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The Nancy W. Darden Child Development Center (NDCDC) is an early childhood model training facility for the Department of Child Development and Family Relations at East Carolina University.

NDCDC is open to the public and serves all children. We collaborate with Pitt County Public School System to serve children qualified for the NC Pre K Program. The NDCDC works with the Department of Social Services to support the subsidized child care reimbursement program.

NDCDC staff supervise undergraduate students as they use child development theory in adult-child interactions, developmental guidance strategies, and inclusive curriculum design.

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The NDCDC holds a five-star child-care license issued by the Division of Child Development of Health and Human Services, and is fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

In the NDCDC classrooms, children are encouraged to become competent, independent thinkers, and problem solvers in a curriculum rich in play, social interaction, and language. The overall program follows the Developmentally Appropriate Practices Guidelines established

Infants (3-18 mos)
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Toddlers (18-30 mos)
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Preschool 3s (30-42 mos)
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Preschool 4s (42 mos- 5yrs)
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Families are considered an essential component of the NDCDC and are encouraged to participate whenever possible.                

The NDCDC program’s theoretical orientation and application are eclectic, borrowing from the developmental and educational theories of Erikson, Montessori, Piaget, Reggio-Emilia, and Vygotsky. Creative Curriculum is utilized to effectively plan daily routines, learning environments
and assess overall development.


The mission of the NDCDC is to provide early education and high quality care for young children and serve as a model training facility for students majoring in Birth through Kindergarten Education, Family and Community Services, and Child Life.

The NDCDC also serves as a research and observation site for students and faculty in all East Carolina University Departments.
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