WHAT WE BELIEVE

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MISSION

 The  Mission of TCDC is to provide quality, affordable early care and  education to children within our economically and ethnically diverse  community. We strive to provide stability and support to the children in  our care and to their families, so that together we can truly impact  future generations.

TCDC seeks to accomplish its goals:

  • Serving 48 children so that each child and family feels comfortable and secure in a family-like atmosphere.
  • Serving  a variety of races, cultures, and family backgrounds, using diversity  as a positive attribute in a place where children grow and develop  attitudes for life.
  • Our grounds, facility, and caring community  literally put their arms around toddlers and young children in order to  appreciate, nurture, protect, and guide them while they in turn develop a  healthy respect for themselves, for others, and for the world.

VISION

 Our desire is be  an important link in a communal group of organizations, working to  establish strong roots for children and a feeling of community for their  families by offering the best quality and most affordable care  possible. We envision a world where young children are given priority by  the adult community around them and where families of all economic  circumstances have equal access to quality early care and education for  their young children. The hundreds of parents who are on waiting lists  for subsidized child care find safe, educational, high quality care for  their children. Society and individuals alike affirm the importance of a  strong early foundation and of quality interactions between young  children and the adults in their lives. We also envision a world where  child care teachers and staff are given respect, education, and  compensation that are commensurate with the importance of their work. 


PHILOSOPHY

Trinity Child Development Center purposefully focuses on the developmental levels and needs of young children. We recognize the essential connection between social, emotional, physical, cognitive, language, creative and spiritual development as parts of each individual. We honor and celebrate diversity and uniqueness of each individual, and plan for differences in abilities, interests, learning styles and experience.

VALUES

 

THE WHOLE CHILD

  • We work to build a strong foundation for every child’s body, mind, and spirit.  
  • We strive to build a child’s self-esteem by developing competence and confidence.
  • We provide and teach unconditional love.


COMMUNITY

  • Trinity CDC is an extension of a loving family.
  • We care for one another: the children, the parents, the alumni, the teachers, the administrators, and the supporters.  
  • We stay small to keep a sense of family.
  • We work as a team for the benefit of the families in our care.


INTEGRITY

  • We are honest with one another and with the children.
  • We celebrate each person’s contributions and listen to all points of view.  


QUALITY

  • We hire teachers of the highest quality who seek new ways to grow in their profession.
  • We strive to be the best child development center by maintaining the highest standards.


RESPECT FOR THE WORLD

  • We care for the earth and are aware of the ways we can affect our environment.
  • We teach the love of and curiosity about our natural world through hands on learning experiences.


HEALTHY BEHAVIORS

  • We appreciate who we are and take care of ourselves.
  • We work to develop our physical skills and take part in daily, joyful physical activity.
  • We practice good nutrition because we understand that what we put in our bodies affects our health.
  • We practice resolving conflict by listening to each other and by using our words to share feelings and ideas.


SPIRITUALITY

  • We value connections with people, with animals, with nature and with God.
  • We believe that gratefulness is important every day.
  • We believe in the power of love.


DIVERSITY

  • We  know that Trinity CDC is better because our families, staff, and  supporters are diverse racially, economically, and spiritually. We value  all of these differences and work to be inclusive.  
  • We strive to maintain racial and economic diversity.
  • We rejoice in each person’s uniqueness.


These values permeate what we do every day and reflect who we are.


Our Story

A COMMUNITY


Trinity CDC has always been more than just a child development center; it is a community of people from many generations devoted to learning and growing together. We value our history. In the mid 1960s the school was started by a Presbyterian church. In addition to the children’s instruction, the founders felt physical, spiritual, and social-emotional development was instrumental to the holistic growth of a child. In 2001, when the Presbyterian church could no longer support the center, the leaders decided it should become a stand-alone non-profit center. In 2015, the leadership worked to develop a statement of values to replace the original religious statement. They felt it was important to continue the legacy and state what is important to Trinity CDC.  
 


CHANGES OVER THE YEARS


Trinity Child Development Center (TCDC), an independent and incorporated 501(c)(3) organization, originally opened in 1964 as a morning preschool program during the school year. As the needs of families in northeast Austin have changed, TCDC has evolved to caring for children full-time and year-round. Flexible schedules are offered in order to support the needs of parents with alternative work schedules. The center serves a diverse group of children in terms of ethnic background and socioeconomic level. TCDC is in the same location but the building has a new owner, the Austin Mennonite Church. TCDC has an excellent location next to the Windsor Park Branch Library and near two elementary schools. Our grassy courtyard has large trees and two separate and beautiful age-specific playgrounds.

LICENSING


TCDC is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. In 1995, TCDC became a designated vendor with Texas Workforce Child Care Solutions, and has held its highest rating since 1997. In 2001, TCDC became an NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited institution. We admit without discrimination in favor of or against any child on the basis of race, national origin, religion or challenging conditions


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We have regular and one time volunteers that help to keep this a great place for kids

Volunteer Partnerships***






Our Alumni


You can imagine that with more than 50 years of serving Austin we have many Alumni. Every year many of them come back to visit at various events. For more information about them, or to update your own information about us click below.

INFORMATION ABOUT ALUMNI