Our History


Founded in 1994 as a community amenity for the residents of Circle C Ranch, The Child Development Center has grown to provide nationally recognized preschool programs to residents of the immediate community and families throughout Southwest Austin. Our main campus on La Crosse Avenue serves children as young as 2 months through age 5. With one of the lowest teacher turnover rates in the preschool industry, the CDC’s early childhood programs consistently provide families and children with an unparalleled level of individualized education.

Through the years, The Child Development Center has developed partnerships with AISD including unique inclusion classrooms, after school programs and summer camps for school-age children. The Circle C Child Development Center is a private, not-for-profit company with a volunteer board of directors. It is independent of the Circle C Ranch Homeowners Association. The preschool and its programs are funded by tuition, fees and fundraising. Because of its unique history as part of the Circle C Ranch neighborhood, The Child Development Center is the only preschool of its kind.


Mission & Vision

Our mission is to maximize each child’s potential by providing an active, collaborative learning environment where children, families and educators become empowered for social, emotional and academic success. Our vision is a world where every child meets their maximum potential.




At The Child Development Center, we believe that children's earliest experiences have a tremendous impact on their development.  We respect parents as the primary and most important provider of care and nurture.  We believe parents and teachers are partners in children's care and education.  Our program is designed to meet the developmental and educational needs of young children.  It provides experiences that enrich and enhance each child's cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical, and creative development.

Our teachers treat every child as an individual and tailor classroom lesson plans to meet their specific educational needs and developmental goals. To learn about how we use Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum® and Handwriting Without Tears®, please read about our programs.

In 2008, The Child Development Center became one of the first preschools in the Austin area to earn the new reinvented National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the oldest and most respected accrediting organization in the country.


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