North Florida Child Development provides high quality, center-based, early childhood development with research-based curriculum, individualized for each child’s development stage. At NFCD, we make sure children learn and interact in age-appropriate classrooms, and playgrounds, where they can develop emerging language and literacy skills.

We provide nutritious, family-style meals and opportunities to learn self-help skills such as brushing teeth daily. We also offer sensory, developmental, and health screenings and/or evaluations for each child. Below are the programs we offer.

Voluntary Pre-K

Provides three hours per day of educational services during the school year or 300 hours of service to all four year old children who will be attending kindergarten in the upcoming year.

Early Head Start

Provides comprehensive services to children and families from pre-natal to 3 years old including parent education, health, dental and child education. Learn more about Early Head Start.

Head Start

Provides comprehensive services to children ages 3-5 including Medical, Dental and educational services. Learn more about Head Start.


Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngster (HIPPY) is a home base, early intervention program that helps parents create experiences for their children that lay the foundation for success in school and later life. Our proven model delivers 30 weeks of lessons to parents at home who in turn teach their two to five-year-old child for 15-20 minutes each day. The HIPPY activities include reading, math, science, motor, and language skill in which cognitive, creative, social, and emotional development is addressed. 

North Florida Child Developments, HIPPY program serves children in Gulf, Calhoun, Liberty and Franklin Counties.  Please contact the HIPPY Coordinator, Ashley Ferrell, for more information.

School Readiness

Provides a sliding fee for childcare for families when the parents are either working or in school. Sliding fees range from .20 per day up.


Child Care Resource & Referral

United States Department of Agriculture

Provides funding for meals.

Disabilities Services

Provided to children who are diagnosed as needing special services.

Elder Care

Foster Grandparents Program — Matches eligible senior citizens to programs where they serve as mentors to children.