Child Development Center

studentVertWelcome! The Perkins Child Development Center provides quality child care for children six weeks to five years of age. Learn more about our state-of-the-art facility and child-centered curriculum.

Located off Route 117 at the junction of Route 70 and Creamery Road in Lancaster, the Perkins CDC is an excellent option for early child care. Enjoy learning more about our committed teachers and carefully-designed programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Our Philosophy and Mission Statement

cdcBlocksThe Perkins Child Development Center provides an enriched and engaging environment for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers that encourages their imagination, challenges their thinking skills, and enhances their social and language development.

We believe that play which fosters exploration is essential to learning.  We are sensitive to the cultural, social, and economic needs of the families we serve and place significant value on their involvement.

Our Center values the experience your child has in our care:

  • Our staff is keenly aware of, and responsive to, the needs of individual children.
  • Our environment is inviting for children, staff, and parents.
  • Our activities are child-directed and open-ended to encourage creativity, problem-solving, social interaction, and success.
  • Learning is integrated throughout the day.
  • We believe play is central to each child’s experience.
  • Families are important, are welcome, and are involved in Center activities.

Our Curriculum

cdcTriangleToyOur curriculum is based on the understanding of Developmentally Appropriate Practice which acknowledges that children learn best in play-oriented environments that are both age and individually defined.

At our Center children have many opportunities to make choices about play, how they play, and with whom they play.



Across all age groups, from infants to pre-schoolers, our curriculum supports the following:

  • Children are encouraged to actively explore with materials.
  • The process of learning is more important than specific products.
  • Teachers facilitate children’s play instead of directing their play.
  • Children are allowed to work at different developmental levels.
  • Activities reflect and celebrate cultural and social diversity.
  • Teachers encourage children to make choices.