Beyond ATC

Children painting with teacher

Albany Technical College Child Development Demonstration Center in conveniently located on the main campus in Albany, Georgia. The Center was established in 1980 as a campus laboratory school, for the purpose of providing a training site for Early Childhood students at Albany Technical College. A new state-of-the-art facility was constructed in 2001 and is licensed by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL).  The program serves infants (two months) – children five years of age (not eligible for kindergarten) and gives first priority for enrollment to Albany Technical College Students, faculty, staff and individuals living in the Enterprise Zone.

Child Development Center (exterior)The Albany Technical College Child Development Demonstration Center is comprised of competent early childhood care and education professionals with profound education and experience who are committed to executing the most effective strategies in guiding young children. Classic and modern methods are united to provide the most appropriate childhood experiences as each child progresses through the various stages of development.

The Albany Technical College Child Development Demonstration Center is a State of Georgia Center of Distinction – the highest credential available for child care programs in Georgia, which is awarded by the DECAL Standards of Care Program. Additionally, the center is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the highest credential available for child care programs in the Nation and a widely recognized mark of high quality.

Program Philosophy & Goals

The program revolves around the philosophy that each child has the right to be cared for in a nurturing environment as they learn through exploration, play and hands-on experiences. The program is committed to incorporating  strategies and daily practices that yield lifelong results by employing measurable goals in guiding young children.

Low Teacher-Child Ratio    Available Programs
Infants 1:4
1-year-olds 1:5
2-year-olds 1:6
3 & 4 year-olds 1:8
Georgia's Pre-K 1:11
Infants (2-12 months)
Georgia's Pre-Kindergarten
Extended Day
Summer Enrichment


Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers and Georgia Pre-K WINGS Curriculum is based on the premise that engaging primary-aged children in active and interactive play is the way of implementing curriculum. In a WINGS classroom, children are busy in learning centers, groups, and outdoor play actively learning content from various subjects that has been incorporated within single activities.

WINGS Curriculum incorporates an emergent curricular process promoting the learning of cognitive, physical, social-emotional, and language & literacy content through developmentally and culturally appropriate practice. With the understanding that teachers must assess and evaluate before planning activities that are developmentally and culturally appropriate for young children, WINGS Curriculum encompasses critical areas of development in the assessment/evaluation and lesson planning processes. Both the assessment/evaluation and planning processes include supportive tools, such as Developmental Goals & Skills Charts, lesson plans, individualized and group assessments, and progress reports from infancy through age five.

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Staff Information


Instructional Staff have earned credentials in Early Childhood Care and Education programs of study. Each staff member is required to participate in a minimum of 20 hours of training each year, which enables the program to stay abreast of the most current issues, discoveries and practices in child development.

Meals & Snacks

The Center participates in the Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Child and Adult Care Food Program. Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks are served daily in accordance with USDA guidelines.

The Facility

6 spacious children's classrooms with observation windows, 3 admin offices, 4 faculty offices, large lobby, 3 adult classrooms, student lounge, stainless steel kitchen, separate infant/toddler and preschooler outdoor play areas, covered patio for outdoor play, teacher resource center, parent resource center, laundry room, computer lab, assessment-observation rooms, well-secured building with card access, monitoring system with cameras at each entrance and in each classroom and DVR recording system


Hours of Operation

Albany Technical College Child Development Demonstration Center is open:
Monday-Friday | 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Extended Day is offered to:
Onsite Pre-K students
Monday-Friday | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm



Mrs. Vieliene Jones
Director of ECCE/CDDC
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Go Back Move Ahead

Albany Technical College's Go Back, Move Ahead initiative is part of Georgia's Complete College Georgia efforts shared between the Technical College System of Georgia and the University System of Georgia. The program is designed specifically for Georgia residents who did not finish college to return and earn a one-year certificate, associate degree, or bachelor's degree.

Why are college degrees needed?

  • By the year 2020, more than 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require some type of postsecondary degree. Currently, only 42 percent of the state's young population is prepared to such a level.
  • To reach 60 percent and remain economically competitive, Georgia's public and private colleges must add 250,000 college graduates – whether they earn a one-year certificate, an associate degree, or a bachelor's degree – beyond current graduation levels.
  • Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and University System of Georgia (USG) institutions are more affordable than for-profit colleges, and both offer numerous scholarships and grants to students who return to college.
  • The TCSG and USG include well-established institutions that you know and trust, offering a large selection of certificates, associate degrees, and bachelor's degrees.
  • Approximately 35.8 million working-age adults nationwide have attended college for some time, but did not earn a degree. An estimated 22 percent of Georgians (1.1 million) fall into this category)

Why is finishing college important?

  • College graduates may earn $1 million more than high school graduates in their lifetime.
  • Four-year degree and two-year degree holders earn an average of $21,000 and $9,400 more, respectively, each year than high school graduates.
  • In 2010, full-time employees with only a high school diploma earned an average of $626 a week. Those with bachelor's degrees made nearly twice as much.
  • College graduates had an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent in 2012, compared to 11.2 percent for high school graduates.
  • Forty-seven percent of adults born in poverty who did not obtain a four-year degree remained in poverty.
  • College graduates are more likely than high school graduates to obtain retirement benefits, tuition reimbursement, and health savings accounts from employers.
  • People with a higher level of education are more satisfied in their jobs than people who only have a high school diploma.

How can Albany Technical College help you get back on track with college?

With a simpler enrollment process and more ways to transfer your college credits, one of our personal advisors can help you get back to college sooner than you think. You'll have more options – online or on campus – to fit your schedule. And, the best part is, you'll be earning a degree with real value from a respected and affordable Georgia college.

You had to put college on hold - Now college is calling you back. Life can get in the way of finding your degree, but it's never too late to go back. Witha simpler enrollment process and more ways to transfer your college credits, oneof our personal advisors can help you get back to school sooner than you think. Let's ifnd the way back that works for you. - Brough to you by GA's public colleges, technical colleges and universities.

Let's find the way back that works for you today!

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