Choosing a child care center for your children is one of the most important decisions that you will make. The Canterbury Child Development Center (CDC) has recently received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). "NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children" (NAEYC website). Our center provides care in a safe, warm, and nurturing environment that will enable your child to grow and develop through developmentally appropriate activities. We strive to create a place for social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual growth for your child.
The Canterbury Child Development Center is a ministry that provides a constructive, meaningful program for young children under the guidance of trained personnel in a Christian environment.
We strive to:
Provide a loving and developmentally appropriate environment.
Nurture children's physical, socio-emotional, cognitive, and spiritual development.
Collaborate with families on their child's development.
Facilitate the understanding that all people are special to God
Hours of Operation
Our hours are Monday through Friday; 7 am - 6 pm.
The Center is closed on the following holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Day
Thanksgiving Day and Friday
Time between Christmas and New Year's Day
The center is open to any child ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Enrollment preference is given in the following order:
1. CUMC CDC Staff (teachers and administrators) and full-time CUMC Clergy
2. CUMC members with siblings in the program
3. Non-Church members with siblings in the program
4. CUMC members
5. CUMC staff
6. General public
How to Apply
Print and fill out the Application Form and
return your form with a one-time $75 application fee to Canterbury Child Development
Center, 350 Overbrook Road, Birmingham, AL 35213. Your child's name will
be put on the waiting list, and you will be notified when there is a
vacancy. All applications are valid for one year unless administration is notified. No additional fee will be charged upon renewal.
Tuition is payable in advance and due in the CDC office on the first business day of each month. After 6:00 pm on the 5th day of the month (or first business day after) a late fee of $25 per child will be charged. If payment is not received by 6:00 pm on the 15th of the month, the child will be dropped from enrollment. Checks should be made payable to Canterbury CDC.
There is no reduction of fees for absences due to illness, vacation, holidays, inclement weather closings or circumstances beyond Canterbury UMC control.
Returned checks will be charged a service fee equal to the amount the bank charges plus a $25 late fee.
Annual Supply Fee (August).......................$150
Security Deposit (Refundable)....................$200
Curriculum and Assessment
The CDC has adopted the Creative Curriculum for use in all classrooms. The curriculum incorporates a balance of planned activities designed to help children progress toward meeting developmentally appropriate goals, as well as improvised activities that emerge from the children's interests or from unexpected experiences.
In conjunction with the use of Creative Curriculum, Canterbury CDC has implemented Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) as the assessment tool for the children. Children are assessed through observations of peer interactions and play, developmental checklists, and portfolios of their work. Assessment is documented and made available to the parents online.
Meals are provided by a licensed caterer and include a morning snack, a hot lunch, and an afternoon snack.
Click to here to see the Parent Handbook.
CDC Administrative Staff
Amanda Payne, Director of Child Development Center
For questions about enrollment, please contact:
Melissa Ward, Assistant Director of Operations