Early Childhood

Country Day's Early Childhood Children's Center (CDECC), formerly Edisen House, is filled with warmth and energy. It is where children from infants to four years blossom, where parents will often be found, and where attachments that continue from one year to the next are formed.

At CDECC, each child is allowed to develop at their own pace. We view children as unique learners who need the opportunity to acquire knowledge in ways that are meaningful to them. No two children will learn the exact same way, and no two children develop at the same rate.

Our philosophy is based on the fact that children learn best by being active participants in constructing their knowledge. For this reason, they have every opportunity to play and explore in a stimulating environment. They are encouraged to explore the properties of water by playing with objects and seeing which ones sink or float. They learn about art by watching a visiting artist mix colors and then trying it themselves. They discover what the terms rough and smooth mean by using their fingers to compare the texture of flour to oats.

Country Day's campus provides our Early Childhood Center children the luxury of acres of land to play and explore in a safe and stimulating environment. Through play, children learn what is real and what is not, they develop symbolic thinking, they learn to interact with others, and they lay the foundation for all the cognitive changes that will rapidly occur. Children with opportunities to explore through play learn to question, find answers, and problem-solve. This, in turn, will generate excitement and enthusiasm about learning - a goal of our program.

What we love the most about CDECC, though, is the dedication of our teachers. They are the heart of our Center, creating an atmosphere filled with warmth and enthusiasm. Our teachers are experienced, knowledgeable, and continually developing professionally. They are interested in the lives of their students, serious about the work they do each day, and believe in each child's uniqueness-- striving to match activities with individual needs.

Children are placed within a classroom based on their age and needs. Our Center has classrooms built around various ages with one, two, three, and four-year-old rooms. There is no hardline cutoff date for when your child enters each class. Our program is flexible, and enrollment options range from two to five days a week, with part-time or full-time availability. Extended care is also available for parents who need more flexibility.
Please contact us to schedule a private tour of the Early Childhood Center.

Whitney Brooks
Director, Country Day Early Childhood Center

CDECC welcomes all applicants, and students are admitted based on several criteria, such as the date of application.
Applications submitted on or after January 1, 2024, will be considered as part of our second round of enrollment decisions for the 2024-2025 school year, subject to availability. If we are not able to offer a spot for the 2024-2025 school year, your application will carry over to 2025-2026.

Approximate Ages by Class
Sweethearts: 6 weeks to 1 Year
Butterfly: 1 Year to 2 Years
Dragonfly: 2 Years
Pepper: 2 Years to 3 Years
Dino: 3 Years to 4 Years

Contact Whitney Brooks today to schedule your tour and complete the application materials.

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    Whitney Brooks 98

    Early Childhood Center Director
    (504) 831-4523
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    Erica Lund 

    Assistant Director, Gumbo Camp Director
    (504) 831-4523