Welcome to Mason's Child Development Center!
The George Mason University Child Development Center was established to support University faculty, staff and students by providing an excellent on-site child care and play based preschool program.
Our teachers incorporate the latest research and best practices as they respond to the needs of each individual learner. Teachers encourage the children’s explorations in a nurturing atmosphere with a variety of invitations, inspiring the children to discover how things work; to learn about living things and their community; and to enjoy music, art, and dramatic play activities.
The atmosphere in the Mason Child Development Center is one in which children feel physically and emotionally safe, joyful, and confident. In such a supportive setting they are able to scaffold learning for cognitive, social, spiritual, and emotional growth. Children are very observant, and they understand respectful interactions more authentically when they see them modeled by people around them. Children are dynamic learners; at the Mason Child Development Center we believe in actively listening and responding to their interests. Additional supports for learning – including the social environment, cultural objects, and other people – are valuable means for cognitive, social, and emotional development. Our staff is committed to helping children develop confidence in their individual strengths and natural curiosity, enabling them to explore the world with delight and enthusiasm. Supporting children’s explorations helps them expand their skills and develop a strong, joyful self-image.