Childcare & Lab
The McCarthy Center is the model lab/demonstration program for the Early Childhood Education department. Students from the ECE department, as well as other disciplines are able to observe, implement projects, and student teach in connection with their COD courses.
Our program serves children from 12 months to 5 years, with priority for the children of COD students carrying at least 6 credits. Space permitting, we enroll the children of faculty, staff, and the community. Parents wanting to know more about the program can click in the list on the left where there is information about our children’s programs as well as FAQs.
The Center also employs many students in our classrooms and our busy kitchen. Priority for teaching support staff positions is given to ECE majors, although we welcome applications from students in other disciplines. Additionally, every year we have several students who choose to volunteer at the McCarthy Center.
The McCarthy Family Child Development & Training Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and we proudly display the Torch, a symbol of the highest quality in Early Childhood Education.