Child Development Center


Mission Statement

The Child Development Center (CDC) is a weekday children’s ministry of Canterbury United Methodist Church whose mission is to help families provide their young children with a nurturing, creative, balanced, and developmentally appropriate environment that promotes the growt'h of all children (spiritually, physically, socio-emotionally, and cognitively) as well as the understanding that each child is special to God.

Hours of Operation

Our hours are Monday through Friday; 7 am - 6 pm. to see Holiday closings.
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The center is open to any child.  Enrollment preference is given in the following order:
1. Children presently enrolled in our program
2. Children of  Full Time Canterbury UMC staff
3. Children of Canterbury UMC church members with a child already enrolled in our program
4. Children of Canterbury UMC members
5. Siblings of nonchurch members children already enrolled in our program
6. Nonmembers

How to Apply

Download and fill out the Application Form and return with a $25 application fee to Canterbury Child Development Center, 350 Overbrook Road, Birmingham, AL 35213. Your child's name will be put on the waiting list and you will be notified when there is a vacancy.

Tuition & Fees

For August 2013 - July 2014 the Monthly rates are:

Additional Fees are:

Application Fee...........................................$25
Annual Registration Fee (February)...........$150
Annual Supply Fee (August).......................$150
Security Deposit (Refundable)....................$200
Tuition is payable in advance and due in the CDC office on the first business day of each month.  After 6:00 pm on the 5th day of the month (or first business day after) a late fee of $25 per child will be charged.  If payment is not received by 6:00 pm on the 15th of the month, the child will be dropped from enrollment. Checks should be made payable to Canterbury CDC.
There is no reduction of fees for absences due to illness, vacation, holidays, inclement weather closings or circumstances beyond Canterbury UMC control.  
Returned checks will charged a service fee equal to the amount the bank charges plus a $25 late fee. After three returned checks in a year, tuition must be paid by cash, money orders or cashier’s check. Please notify the CDC office in writing if you need a receipt.

Security Deposit

A refundable $200 security deposit is due with the registration form. The deposit will be refunded if thirty (30) days written notice is received in the CDC office before the child is withdrawn and the account is up to date.

Supply Fee

A $150 annual Supply and Facility fee is due annually by August 1. The Supply and Facility fee is non-negotiable and non-refundable. The fee will be prorated based on registration date.

Registration Fee

Upon enrollment and every January, a $150 registration fee is due annually. Registration fees are non-negotiable and non-refundable. The fee will be prorated based on registration date.

If you need assistance with obtaining forms, please contact Mellissa Ward,
Assistant Director of Operations, at 205-879-2219 or

Curriculum & The Parent Handbook

Our goal is to provide young children with a program that is developmentally appropriate. Children learn best through exploration at their own pace. The program is designed to meet their needs cognitively, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually through a balance of structure and discovery. Children need opportunities to explore their environment and be guided by teachers who understand child development. Click here to read more about our curriculum. Click here to download the parent handbook.

Lunch/Snack Menu


Child Development Center Staff

Kathy Lounsbury, Director of Child Development Center
Amanda Payne, Assistant Director of Program