Center for Child Development
The Center for Child Development (CCD) is the Preschool Department of Wesleyan University - Philippines. It started in 1970 through the initiative of the late President of the University, Dr. Gloria D. Lacson. She solicited funds for the facilities of the school and for the initial salaries of the teachers. The late Rev. and Mrs. Lauro Marquez donated an initial cash of five thousand pesos (Php 5,000.00) in memory of Vanessa Ann, their granddaughter who died at the age of five (5), bitten by her pet dog. In honor of this innocent young girl, the Wesleyan Pre-school was named after her: Vanessa Ann Kindergarten.
In February 1991, The Association of Christian Schools and Colleges—Accrediting Agency, Inc. (ACSC-AAI) evaluated the program along with the Elementary Department and was granted Level 1 accredited status for three years.
Again, in September 1995, the Vanessa Ann Kindergarten with the Leadership of Prof. Mildred T. Ancheta was accredited by the same Accrediting Agency and was awarded Level II, Five Years Re-accredited Status.
The principal of the Elementary Department managed the Pre-school Department from its inception up to the school year 1997-1998 when it was converted to Wesleyan Montessori School for the reason that Montessori is perceived to be more child-centered and produces better quality graduates. The pre-elementary teachers underwent training to familiarize them in the Montessori way of teaching. Prof. Lucille Grace C. Hilario was designated as its head from 1997 to May 2000.
In November 15, 1997 the Dr. Patrocinio S. Ocampo Building was dedicated. It was constructed under the Administration of Dr. Emmanuel G. Cleto, then University President, to house the Wesleyan Montessori School.
In 2000, Prof. Angelina P. Juan, a graduate of George Peabody College for Teachers in USA with specialization in Early Childhood Education, was invited by the then president Dr. Emmanuel G. Cleto to initiate programs in Early Childhood Education (ECE). Through her guidance, the University administration opted to adopt the Child-Centered Philosophy which is developmental and holistic in approach.
Thus, beginning school year 2000-2001, the preschool department was renamed the CENTER FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT. Official communication to DepEd (formerly DECS) Region III was made to this effect.
Because of the shift in philosophy and approach, a great restructuring of the learning environment and curriculum/program was undertaken. Parents had to undergo re-orientation.
With the support of the new President, Dr. Zenaida P. Lumba, accreditation was pushed through in February 2001, and a three-year re-accredited Status was awarded to CCD. In 2004, the CCD was awarded a three-year re-accredited status.
Starting School year 2005-2006, the CCD was merged with the Elementary Department under one supervising principal, Prof. Mildred T. Ancheta.
As a result of the restructuring, the Basic Education including Pre-Elementary Education was placed under the umbrella of the College of Education headed by Dr. Corazon T. Cleto, as its Laboratory School.
In February 20-24, 2007, CCD again submitted itself for formal accreditation re-visit by the Association of Christian Schools and Colleges —Accrediting Agency, Inc. (ACSC—AAI). The CCD was awarded a Level II Re-accredited status.
In 2009, with the new set of University Board of Trustees led by Atty. Teodoro C. Pascua, and the University president, Prof. Manuel G. Palomo, Prof. Lucille Grace C. Hilario was appointed Supervisor of the CCD to strengthen the Pre-school Program.
It was during this year that CCD revisited its philosophy and came up with strong belief on building a “Whole Child”, hence, created its own Vision and Mission based on the Vision—Mission of the University.
In August 2009, the renovated playground was inaugurated and a new playroom complete with valuable toys was also set up.
In March 2010, CCD submitted itself for Interim Survey Visit by the ACSU-AAI. Result of the survey showed that all the recommendations of the previous accrediting team were accomplished.
From School Year 2012 up to present, Hon. Pacifico B. Aniag, University President, commissioned Dr. Lucille Grace C. Hilario as Principal of the CCD and Elementary Department. CCD continues to embrace its commitment to develop the potential of each pupil. It promotes enjoyable program that responds to the needs and interests of pre-school children.
With the collaborative efforts of all stockholders, CCD can truly realize its vision to build a community of young learners who are happy, healthy and “Whole”.