Westminster Child Development Center
A Year Round, All Day Learning Center for Children
Westminster Child Development Center is a ministry of Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Center admits students of any race to all rights, privileges, programs, and other activities generally made available to students at this school. WCDC does not discriminate on the basis of race or religion in the administration of any of its educational or other policies.
“GROWING HAPPY CHILDREN”
Ages: 6 Weeks — 5 Years
Hours of Operation: 7:30am — 6:00pm (MONDAY- FRIDAY)
Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church
1715 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210-7339
Telephone: (803) 798-4590
DIRECTOR: LYNDA R. LEOPARD
***Please note: WCDC follows Richland School District 1 Weather closings – please make sure their website during inclement weather.***
A daily schedule, established to meet the needs of toddler to five year olds and older children in the summer, will be posted in each classroom. The schedule for each class will vary and is very flexible, but will include the following:
- learning through play in learning centers
- group times for stories, finger plays, poetry, music, movement, games, etc.
- snack and meal times
- creative activities times
- outside play
- rest times
PHILOSOPHY AND GOALS
Westminster Child Development Center is committed to a program design that strives for total development of the whole child. The Center endeavors to achieve this by providing positive learning experiences in a warm and caring environment that recognizes, allows for and celebrates that each child is a unique creation of a loving God.
To accomplish its goals, WCDC strives to:
- Maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.
- Provide a variety of materials and activities that allow each child to explore creative abilities.
- Provide an environment conducive to learning by having adequate equipment, materials, etc. suitable to the needs and interests of the children.
- Provide varied opportunities for physical exercise and development.
- Provide for age-appropriate cognitive development.
- Provide for language development by exposing children to good literature, poetry and other means for increasing vocabulary and understanding of language.
- Build social skills through cooperative work and play, and through learning respect for others and their property.
- Build self-esteem and individual strengths by encouraging children, by respecting differences, and by helping children develop independence and self-control.
- Provide a balance of quiet and active experiences.
- Provide opportunities for children to listen to and learn to appreciate music and to learn songs, etc.
- Arrange field trips that are age-appropriate and that build on school experiences and introduce children to new horizons.