Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center



The Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center was established in 1969 in response to a tragic fire that claimed the lives of three young children. Their mother had no access to child care and had left them alone while she worked outside the home to support them.

As a result of this tragedy, a group of socially-conscious citizens set about to address the need for safe, affordable care for all children. Community members, the faith community, and Davidson College staff united around this vision. The group purchased land, constructed a building, hired staff, and welcomed children to the “Davidson-Cornelius Day Care Center” in 1969.

The Center provided the first racially and socio-economically integrated child care program in the area. It was also among the area’s first early childhood development programs. The Center has worked closely with the local faith community over the years and has served as a laboratory school for the Davidson College Psychology Department

Today, Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center is operated by the Board of Directors of the North Mecklenburg Child Development Association. The Center is licensed as a 5-Star by the State of North Carolina. Operating funds come from parent fees, the state’s child care subsidy program, grants, and donations from businesses and individuals.

The Center has proudly served more than 2,000 children since it opened.