The mission of the Child Development and Education Center is:

  • To supply quality care and education for young children, ages 2 and a half to 5 years.
  • To provide parents who are Northwest Florida State College students, staff, and faculty (and community members on a space available basis) with quality, accessible child care and education for their children.
  • To ensure a quality training site for child development/early childhood education students.


All children deserve a good beginning in life. The staff of the Child Development & Education Center believes that it must work to meet the needs of the whole child; respect and recognize individual differences in children and their families; and provide a safe, physical and psychological environment where children are accepted, nurtured and listened to. Parents and the CDEC staff are partners in providing care and education for young children. Thus, mutual respect and open communication must exist among the parents, staff, and administration of the CDEC. All people associated with the CDEC – children, students, parents, and staff – are lifelong learners, ever changing and growing in knowledge and understanding.

Located in building #530