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Child Development Center (CDC)

at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City

The JCC's Child Development Center provides a secure environment that allows children of all backgrounds to live up to their full potential. The Child Development Center Preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and 5 stars in Quality Rating System (QRS). The curriculum, based on Jewish traditions and values, is designed for children of all faiths and cultures to promote self-esteem, independence, cooperative skills and the ability to problem-solve. Children of all backgrounds thrive in our warm, vibrant environment. Age appropriate activities are offered and the facility has been designed using child-appropriate equipment and decor.

The CDC is for children ages 12 months and walking to Pre-Kindergarten

Offering top-quality programming, featuring:

  • Quality Care
  • Team Building
  • Living & Working With Others
  • School Readiness
  • NAEYC Accreditation

Convenient options to fit your schedule:

  • Full time pre-school plus extended hours:
    5 days, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Part time pre-school:
    3/4 or 5 half day, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Optional afternoons available


The CDC holds accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC accreditation for young children represents the mark of raising the level of quality in early childhood education programs. Quality early childhood experiences have an enormous inpact on children's lifelong learning and positively contribute to their health and development. The CDC's mark of quality benefits children with greater readiness for and success in school. The CDC not only met the NAEYC program criteria, but in many core areas, exceeded the standards with a score of over 100%.

The Kansas Quality Rating System (KQRS) is a quality rating system for child care programs. The KQRS assessment rates overall quality of teacher/child interactions, the learning environment and program administration. The CDC has acheived the highest possible rating of Five Stars.

Special thanks to U.S. Toy for their ongoing support and sponsorship of the CDC and its students, teachers and parents.

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