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Nested within the beautiful campus at Keene State College, the CDC serves children and families from both Keene State College and the greater Monadnock community. We enroll children ages 4 months through 4 years 11 months. The CDC has been a part of this campus for over four decades, and shares with the college a commitment to engaged learning and service.

The Child Development Center is licensed by the State of New Hampshire, adhering to standards set forth in the New Hampshire Child Care Program Licensing Rules. In addition, we observe standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and are accredited by this organization. You can view NAEYC standards and learn more about the accreditation process on their website at www.naeyc.org.

Our Mission Statement

The Child Development Center is an early childhood education program for Keene State College students, practicing professionals, and children and their families. As a best practices demonstration site, our center strives to:

  1. Provide college students with multiple opportunities to apply theory to the actual practice of teaching, under the guidance of mentor teachers and in collaboration with education faculty.
  2. Offer nurturing environments where young children are respected as capable individuals, and where they are encouraged to experience the joy of discovery.
  3. Partner with families to foster home and center continuity in order to support each child’s well-being.
  4. Provide educational opportunities, support and resources to families and practicing professionals in our community.

The CDC is a dynamic learning community, supporting practicing professionals, students, children and families. Through collaboration we all contribute to an educational environment that encourages professionalism, growth and diversity.

Vision Statement

Every child is a capable individual with unique qualities deserving of our respect. Our professional role is to build respectful and trusting relationships with families and children that will serve as a foundation on which children are secure.

The trusting and supportive relationships among administrators, teachers, families, children, and students form the strong foundation of our community. As we strive for continuity among home, center and society, we recognize and accept the ways in which each act upon the other. We hold the work of supporting and facilitating children's participation in our community in the highest regard. We are all learning together to be caring, creative and contributing individuals and consider this learning process to be life long.


National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

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Contact the CDC

CDC Office
Tara Kavanagh
603-358-2233

CDC Director
Ellen Edge
603-358-2232

Academic Program Coordinator
and Associate Director

Deirdre McPartlin
603-358-2244

Child Development Center
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435

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