Hello, my name is Yolanda Christian. I am thrilled to be the new director of Russell Memorial Child Development Center. I have worked with infants and children since I was a certified American Red Cross Babysitter and Child Care Trainee. I am a mother of five. My passion is to not only nurture a child but help them become foundationally sound mentally, socially, emotionally, and educational to succeed now and throughout life.
Russell Memorial Child Development Center aligns itself with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development importance of learning through play. In a child’s natural environment of play, learning can be fully accepted and enhanced, therefore our chosen curriculum is the Creative Curriculum. “It is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills. It is designed to help educators at all levels of experience plan and implement a developmentally appropriate, content-rich program for children with diverse backgrounds and skill levels” (“The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool Touring Guide”, 2016, p.6).
Although we are under new management, the history of Russell Memorial Child Development Center is long withstanding. The Russell Memorial Child Development Center began operation on August 20, 1973 under the administration of the Russell Memorial C.M.E. Church as a private school. During the first year of operation, parents of our children worked very well in assisting to help make the school a success. The Center’s aim then was total development for the preschool child and competent staff.
Now, RMCDC’s, a five star nonprofit non-religion based vision is to foster education, child care and developmental services to all ages of children in partnership with parents, families and the community to provide the necessary skills, knowledge, and care to succeed academically, emotionally, and socially in kindergarten and beyond.