History & Mission

Established in 1978, Vernon Child Development Center is committed to positively impacting families in our community by providing safe, nurturing, trusted care for all children. Our childcare started as a mission of the First United Presbyterian Church of Vernon. While we are connected to the church, there is no religious curriculum or formal religious teachings.

We want every child in our care to develop a sense of worth and self-esteem. We are committed to providing child care programs where children develop to their fullest potential through play and learning activities. We realize each child differs in rate of development and past experiences. Our goal is to recognize these differences and accommodate our programs to provide for all children.

We also believe in solid communication with parents, and want you to feel comfortable leaving your child in our care. We are a very hands-on program and we believe the children learn best by doing. We provide ample opportunities for exploring, try/fail, access to new materials, and learning with nature. 

"If we want children to move mountains, we first have to let them get out of their chairs." -Nicolette Sowder