Child Development Center

The Preschool

at Children’s Beach House, Lewes, DE.

The Margaret H. Rollins Child Development Center’s (CDC) mission is to serve early childhood learners who are typically-developing, as well as those with speech and language delays, hearing impairments, and/or mild orthopedic challenges, utilizing a “team approach to mastery” (TAM) inclusion classroom setting. All areas of development will be explored while creating a secure, welcoming environment where students will feel safe to take risks, explore and discover, and function peacefully as members of a diverse community of learners. This initiative will allow CBH to expand current programming by identifying and serving children at younger ages.

By engaging speech, occupational and physical therapists and utilizing each child’s individual assessments, the CDC’s skilled team of educators will create an integrated approach to education in which children will master skills to prepare them for success in Kindergarten. The curriculum is designed in accordance with Delaware’s Early Learning Foundations for Preschools. The preschool program uses the High Scope Early Childhood curriculum, in conjunction with Teaching Strategies Gold for assessment and Ages & Stages Child Development Screening. These well-researched child development tools are approved by the Delaware Stars Program and help monitor children’s progress and growth during the early years. Fun & Engaging exploration activities will be implemented throughout the day, incorporating games and peer-interaction to strengthen foundational skills.

5 Reasons to choose the Child Development Center (CDC) for your childcare needs:

  1. The CDC is located on Lewes Beach (Delaware Bay)!
  2. To meet the needs of the families that we serve, the CDC offers options for preschool & childcare services that include:
    • Part-time childcare (includes half-day or 2 or 3 days per week)
    • Full-time (extended care/daycare)
    • Preschool program
    • Summer program
  3. The CDC maintains a lower staff to child ratio & highly qualified staff that enhances the staff, child, family partnerships!
  4. The CDC has affordable tuition & accepts POC Plus!
  5. The CDC is a Delaware STARS Level 5 rated childcare center!

Teachers support early learners by encouraging the following:

  • Math: shapes, patterns, numbers
  • Language & Literacy: letters & sounds, syllables, rhyming, conversational language, pre-writing practice
  • Science: nature, ocean, animals, space
  • Dramatic Play: puppets, community helpers, role-playing
  • Creative Arts: painting, textures, ceramics, music, cooking
  • Outdoor Play: playground, sand area, beach

In this prosocial environment, each child will learn at his or her own pace. The environment will enhance social skills, emotional development, and a sense of individuality.

Teachers support families by encouraging the following:

  • Increase their understanding of the child’s needs and the implications for education
  • Access and coordinate community and educational services available to families
  • Adequately plan for a successful transition to Kindergarten

In keeping with the philosophy of the CBH, the CDC will focus on the abilities and strengths of each individual child. Children will learn independence to build confidence and self-esteem.

The State of Delaware has licensed the center whose design meets all requirements of a Level 5 Delaware STARS school. In addition, the CDC strives to meet all standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s most distinguished early childhood organization.


We are scheduled to reopen the preschool on September 1, 2020

In order to create a diverse community of learners, The Children’s Beach House has an application process for those seeking childcare for their 3 & 4-year-old children. Once the application is completed our board will decide acceptance on a case by case basis. Please complete and submit the application to begin the enrollment process today!

Click the button below to fill out the online application.

To speak with our Head Teacher, Pam VanSant, please email:



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