If any agency knows how to collaborate for the greater good, it’s CDR—and the two First Steps Child Care & Development Centers are examples of collaboration at its best. Located at the Griffin-Yeates Center in York County and at Lafayette High School, First Steps Centers offer high-quality child care for low-income families whose parents are working, in school, or in job training. There very young children play, grow, and learn in cheerful, stimulating classrooms of children, two highly qualified, caring teachers, and an aide. The programs encourage children to be curious and creative as they learn about the world around them. Both centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and have been rated 4 stars by Virginia Quality.
What does First Steps offer?
The teachers and teacher aides at each First Steps Center have extensive experience in toddler development and are attentive to the needs of each infant and toddler. First Steps also offers:
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First Steps at Lafayette High School in James City County
Location: 4460 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, Virginia
Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Follows WJCC Public School’s Emergency Closing Procedures
In collaboration with the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, Early Head Start operates The First Steps Child Care & Development Center at Lafayette High School. This center serves 32 infants, toddlers, and their families in a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility with four classrooms, office and storage space, a kitchen, an age-appropriate playground, and an outdoor sensory area. As an added benefit to the community, the center is used as an early childhood learning lab for high school students. This center is operated at no charge to the families.
Griffin-Yeates Center in York County
Location: 1490 Government Road, Williamsburg, Virginia
Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Follows York County Public School’s Emergency Closing Procedures
In 1990, York County teamed with CDR to open First Steps, a full-day, year-round child care center for young children from low-income families. This EHS center is also supported by the United Way and CDR’s Fund for Children. Children enrolled at the Griffin-Yeates Center must live in York County. This center is operated at no charge to the families.
The Griffin-Yeates Center also houses the York County Children and Family Services/Head Start offices and four Head Start classrooms. This proximity to other community resources in York County helps families whose children will be transitioning to Head Start.