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Pikes Peak Community College

Child Development Centers


The Child Development Centers at both the Centennial and Rampart Range Campuses are licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services. More information on the licensing rules and regulations . The centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Pikes Peak Community College complies with all appropriate state and federal Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Americans with Disabilities Act laws and regulations.

The Child Development Centers participate in the Child & Adult Care Food Program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These facilities are operated in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy which does not permit discrimination because of race, color, sex, age, disability, or national origin.

USDA- Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Civil Rights Compliance

The Child Development Center participates in the USDA- Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) providing meals to enrolled children and follows all civil rights policies as listed below:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


The mission of the Pikes Peak Community College Child Development Center is to support student success by providing high quality care and educational services to children. Best practices are implemented by qualified staff that are highly trained and supported. The Child Development Center functions as a lab and observation site for academic programs, and partners with other agencies through special projects, creating a long term impact to the community and the Early Childhood Education field.


  • We believe that the experiences a child has during the first five years of life have a lasting impact on the child’s development and future success. This impact can be both positive and negative and encompasses all areas of development including social and emotional, physical, and cognitive.
  • We believe that as providers of early care and education it is our responsibility to follow current recommendations for best practices in order to ensure that the child’s experiences have a positive effect and foster optimal development. By doing this we hope to increase the positive impact and decrease the negative impact of a child’s experience.
  • We believe that we must support the child’s parents and become partners with them to achieve the maximum benefit for a child.
  • We believe that children have the right to experience childhood and that much of their learning comes through play. Therefore we give them opportunities for hands-on experiences with materials and situations that are meaningful to them.
  • We believe that children have the right to be respected as individuals, with individual personalities, strengths, learning styles and likes and dislikes.

Classroom Environment 

We follow an emergent curriculum model, which means that the teachers plan experiences based on the interests and developmental levels of the children. The teachers spend time observing the children and getting to know them as individuals. Then they will bring in materials and activities for the children to explore. The teachers document how the children are using the materials and make new plans based on the documentation and observations. Teachers at the CDC put a lot of thought and planning into meeting the children's social and emotional needs as well as preparing them for academic learning.