About Canterbury’s Child Development Center

Choosing a childcare center for your children is one of the most important decisions you will make. The Canterbury Child Development Center (CDC) provides care in a safe, warm, and nurturing environment that will enable your child (ages 6 weeks – 5 years) 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 CDC is an accredited member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

We strive to create a place for social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth for your child.
  • Mission Statement

    Canterbury’s Child Development Center is a ministry that provides a constructive and meaningful program for young children under the guidance of trained personnel in a Christ-centered 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.

  • Curriculum

    The Child Development Center uses The Creative Curriculum® in all classrooms. The curriculum incorporates a balance of planned activities designed to help preschool 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, the CDC uses Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) as the primary assessment tool. 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.

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday-Friday | 7 AM – 6 PM

    Closed: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth Celebration, July 4, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and day after, Christmas Break Dec. 23-Jan 1


The Child Development Center is open to any child ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Enrollment preference is given in the following order:
– CUMC CDC Staff (teachers and administrators) and full-time CUMC Clergy
– CUMC members with siblings in the program
– Non-Church members with siblings in the program
– CUMC members
– CUMC staff
– General public

To apply, please 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

    INFANTS | $1,240/MONTH

    TODDLERS | $1,215/MONTH

    TWOS | $1,140/MONTH

    THREES | $1,115/MONTH

    FOURS | $1,115/MONTH

  • Fees




  • Additional Information

    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.


Parent Handbook

Parent Handbook

Alabama DHR Standards

DHR Standards

If you have specific questions regarding these resources, please contact:

Amanda Payne

Child Development Center Director 205.874.1531