Child Development Center


As a teaching lab school, children benefit from the school readiness program prepared and implemented by our highly trained early childhood staff. Students also benefit from HCC students enrolled in the Early Childhood classes. We provide a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young children.

Our mission is to provide students, staff and faculty with campus-based, affordable and accessible quality child care for children ages two to five years old. The center’s philosophy is based on a developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) model. The Child Development Center is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It is also a Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)-approved center and partners with:

  • Early Literacy Matters (ELM)
  • Hillsborough County School Readiness programs
  • University of South Florida Positive Social Skills Teaching project
  • Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County Quality Counts for Kids project

The Child Development Center has earned the Department of Children and Families Gold Seal award as well as a five-star designation.

Who can use our services?
We provide child care to students, staff and faculty members from all campuses. We offer a reduced tuition rate for students who are Pell Grant eligible.

Child Development Center Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Childcare Tuition/Fees and Payment Information

Fall/Spring Monthly Payment (August - May) Amount
Full Time Child Care for Students, Faculty or Staff $729.17
Full Time Child Care for Community Members $833.33
VPK Before/After Care $307.50

Registration Fee (per family each academic year): $100.00

Monthly Payments:

  • Payments are due by the 5th of each month
  • Payments are made online (see the link below)
  • Late Payment Fee (after the 5th of the month): $25.00

Link to HCC Childcare Tuition Payment

Ybor City Campus Child Development Center
1505 E. Palm Ave. Tampa 33605
(Please Note: Entrance is located on 15th St.)
Hillsborough County Child Care Licensing Program #CTA431168

Contact Information: For more information, please contact us by email at or phone at 813.259.6400 

Child Development Center Waitlist:
Families are placed on the waitlist in order of applications received. However, HCC CDC gives priority enrollment to HCC students, faculty, and staff.

Waitlist Information & Application 

2021 - 2022 School Year Calendar

Center Closed – Classroom Prep/Staff In-Service August 2-6, 2021
Orientation August 2, 2021, 5:30 pm
Meet the Teacher Open House August 9, 2021, 2:00-4:00 pm
Fall Term Preschool and VPK Programs Begin August 10, 2021
Labor Day – Center Closed September 6, 2021
Veteran’s Day – Center Closed November 11, 2021
Fall Break – Center Closed November 22-26, 2021
Winter Break – Center Closed December 20, 2021 – January 3, 2022
Spring Term Begins – Return to School January 4, 2022
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – Center Closed January 17, 2022
President’s Day – Center Closed February 21, 2022
Spring Break – Center Closed March 14-18, 2022
All College Day – Center Closed April 8, 2022
Spring Day – Center Closed April 15, 2022
Last Day of Preschool and VPK Programs May 25, 2022
Center Closed – Classroom Prep/Staff In-Service May 26-27, 2022
Memorial Day – Center Closed May 30, 2022
Summer Preschool Program Begins May 31, 2022
July 4th Holiday – Center Closed July 4, 2022
Last Day of Summer Preschool Program July 29, 2022