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One child whispering in another child's ear.


The CDC provides high-quality education and care for children 2-1/2 to 6 years of age. Our core mission is to offer a developmentally appropriate educational program for pre-school children, while supporting the family unit within the campus community, as well as the overall educational mission of the university.

The CDC provides primary family caregivers within the AU community opportunities to pursue a university education or career; support for their families with a high-quality child care; as well as an educational experience for university students interested in early childhood education and parenting.

Since 2009, the CDC has adopted the Creative Curriculum® program, designed and developed by Teaching Strategies, Inc. The Creative Curriculum is a research-based system that offers a comprehensive, evolving set of resources in support of the educational mission of daycare centers and emphasizes the developmental uniqueness of each child.

Parents are always welcome at the Center. We encourage their participation and consider them essential partners in CDC activities and program development.

Student to Staff Ratio


We accept children 2-1/2 years old to 6-years old.

To learn more about admission to the Child Development Center, visit the Admissions Information page.

Monthly Tuition for 2017 - 2018

  • AU student families: $1,285
  • AU staff, faculty or alumni families: $1,420 
  • Community families without AU affiliation: $1,540



Child Development Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8015

Zakis Charfi, CDC Administrator

Hours of Operation

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday - Friday, year round*
*Except as specified in the CDC's Annual Calendar.

The Annual Calendar is distributed yearly to enrolled families. Please check the CDC's Annual Calendar, located in the Parent Handbook, for current school year holidays and closing schedule. The CDC closes for most university holidays and also closes for Parent-Teacher Conferences and Staff Professional Development days.