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401 Kildaire Rd
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
United States

919 929-3585

Chapel Hill Day Care Center is a full day early childhood education program for children 8 weeks old to 5 years. Accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children assures parents that we follow best practices based on research about how children develop and learn, and the environment and interactions that best support learning.

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Infants, Toddlers & Two-Year-Olds

Our infants, toddlers and two-year-old classrooms offer children many benefits, including low child-to-teacher ratios.

Infants, Toddlers & Two-Year-Olds

Our program offers:

  •  An outstanding ratios beginning with two full-time teachers with six babies.
  • Primary Teachers who form relationships with both parents and children that are rooted in trust.
  • Continuity of care for infants, toddlers and two-year-old children, allowing for long-term child-teacher relationships.
  • Individualized routines tailored to your child’s unique needs for rest, activity, nourishment and comfort.
  • Ample floor, porch and playground space to facilitate each child’s physical development.
  • Clean, sanitized toys and equipment to help young children stay healthy.
  • The use of “baby signs” to help infants learn to communicate their needs without frustration.
  • A richly equipped environment to stimulate and engage your young child’s developing brain and body. 

Continuity of Care and Relationships

Trusting relationships are at the core of high quality care for infants, toddlers, and two year old children. For this reason, at CHDCC, children do not move from one group to another based on birthdays or any particular milestones. We maintain the child-family-teacher relationship by moving children from one classroom to another in mid-August with at least one of their Primary Teachers. The group of children with their Teacher(s) will move together, the group size will increase slightly and as a couple of new children join the group. We do this until children go to a preschool classroom, around the age when their focus tends to shift to interacting with peers. When children move to a preschool classroom, groups may not move to the same room. We have a cadre of Teachers for infants, toddlers and two-year-old children, and another cadre of preschool Teachers.

Why do we practice continuity of care?

Having the same trusted Teacher(s) over a long period of time is important to supporting children’s optimal growth and development, particularly for infants, toddlers, and two-year-old children. Changing classrooms, friends, and Teachers takes a toll on both children and parents, as they have to build trust all over again. Continuity of care is important for Teachers and parents as well as for children. Trust in a Teacher builds over time as parents realize that the Teacher enjoys their child, has learned to read their child’s unique cues, and supports the special parent-child bond. 

Contacting your Infant's teacher

Parent/guardians of currently enrolled infants can communicate directly with the Teachers  by calling our BABY Line: 919.929.2229

Resources for Parents

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center has created many research-based resources for families, educators, and policy makers about the unique developmental needs of babies and toddlers. Some of our favorites are:

  • The Magic of Everyday Moments - This video series focuses on how you can support your baby's social, emotional and intellectual development through interactions with your baby during everyday moments.
  • From Baby to Big Kid - Each monthly age-based e-newsletter offers science-based information on how children learn and grow each month from birth to age three.  
  • Baby Steps - Each monthly topic-based e-newsletter offers science-based information on a topic of interest to parents and caregivers of young children—from sleep to challenging behaviors, and everything in between.
  • Parents Favorites - Explore the collection of their highest trending resources for parents.