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About Us

Your Child is in Great Hands


The Highlands Community Child Development Center (HCCDC) opened on Valentine's Day 2005. The center provides the only year-round, state-licensed, five day per week, ten hours per day child care program in the Highlands Township.

HCCDC is designated as a Four-Star Center by the State of NC based on the quality of its programs and the educational credentials of the staff and class size.

Our mission emphasizes our commitment to the working families that provide the services and labor which, in turn, provide the quality of life known far and wide by Highlands locals and commuters. Many local businesses have had children, or children of employees, enrolled in HCCDC and its predecessor. Graduates of the Center have gone on to successful experiences in the Highlands School and careers in the community and elsewhere.

Our predecessor, The First Presbyterian Church Day Care Center, provided quality preschool child care from 1979 - February 2005. In 2002, members of the church decided their Center would become their most important gift to the families of the Highlands, NC community. That commitment continues today with the Center operating independently from the church as a board-directed, nonprofit corporation in the State of North Carolina.

In 2023 HCCDC partnered with The Church of Incarnation-Highlands with the goal to continue to serve the growing community of Highlands. This valuable partnership led to the opening of two five star preschool classrooms. Increasing the overall allowed capacity at the center.

Our community-based board of directors of HCCDC, Inc., are making the vision a reality. The successful and long-standing heritage of providing full-time, quality child care and preschool development services to the families who live and work in the greater Highlands community forms the foundation which ensures the future of HCCDC's early childhood education programs and child development operations in Highlands.

Health & Safety

Highlands Community Child Development Center

provides the community with:

A Four-Star Center rated by the State of NC 

Licensure for 75 children 

Ages 8 weeks to 5 years

A director with over 35 years of experience

Age appropriate curriculum and classroom programs

An onsite library 

and open playground with artificial turf

Security and safety features

including a Key Code Entry System

Special learning programs in arts, music, and technology

Kindergarten entry preparedness

HCCDC at Incarnation

Licensure for 25 children

Ages 3 to 5 years

Kids in Vegetable Farm

Highlands Community Child Development Center
Board Members

Cathy Manning       President
Ann Flynn                Vice President
Elizabeth Martin     Secretary
Walter Wingfield     Treasurer
Frances Oakley       Endowment Chair
Charlotte Muir        Parent Representative
Ruth Claiborne        COI Representative
Diane Dickey
Slocum Howland
Cathy McIntyre-Ross

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