Woods Road CDC

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      Woods Road CDC

      1400 Woods Road
      Florence, SC 29501

      Center Manager
      Tifani Merritt

      Director of School Readiness
      Dr. Catherine Sanderson



      In a diverse and inclusive community, Woods Road Childhood Development Center prepares and inspires students to lead authentic, purposeful lives through play, movement, and social-emotional learning.


      The staff at Woods Road Childhood Development Center believes that children learn best through a creative environment, education in social-emotional skills, opportunities to engage in play and movement, and participation in a diverse community.    



      - we see our students joyfully reaching their potential. 

      - we see our school thriving as an excellent, diverse, inclusive, and connected community.

      - we see our staff partnering with parents and caregivers to provide quality care and meaningful learning experiences.

      - we see our world made more hopeful because of the  Woods Road Childhood Development Center community.    


      Purpose: To engage children in stimulating experiences beginning the pathway for future success and life-long learning.


      3 and 4-year-old preschool students

      approximately 200 Average class size: 20  

      Woods Road Contacts

      • Diana Brown - Attendance

      • Debbie DeMarco - Nurse

      Programs and Incentives

        • All teachers are state-certified. 
        • Child Development Center at Woods Road offers High Scope Curriculum and the Montessori Early Childhood Curriculum. 
        • General education 4K classrooms follow Handwriting without Tears and/or Orton-Gillingham. 
        • The Conscious Discipline model by Becky Bailey is followed which allows for an alternate approach to discipline.
        • Exceptional education students are also served in the center and utilize the STAR (Strategies for Teaching through Autism Research) Curriculum. 
        • Special programs include developmentally delayed/Autism preschool, physical therapy, and inclusion-based occupational therapy and speech therapy.
        • A 4K Transition Program helps prepare exceptional students who are not ready for kindergarten. 
        • The school features a Sensory Room in which children having difficulty adjusting to the school environment can build the skills they need to be successful.  
        • The playground is handicap accessible.  
        • The Parenting Education Program is affiliated with Parent Child Plus; it is made up of parenting educators who engage with students to improve their social-emotional skills. These educators work with students at school as well as virtually. 
        • Afterschool Extended Day Academy (EDA) is an option for parents and is available following school's dismissal at 2:15pm until either 4:30pm or 6:00pm. This provides academic enrichment for the students. 
        • A relationship exists with Francis Marion University and their interns majoring in counseling and psychology. These interns will visit Woods Road and work with students. 
        • At Woods Road there is an on-site teacher cadet program in the fall semester. High school students will "intern" in classrooms to gain valuable insight from the teachers as well as the students.
        • Breakfast and lunch are both served as family-style dining in the classrooms. 
        • An open-door policy exists for parents and visitors.
        • The school employs a full-time, registered and National Board certified nurse with extensive early childhood experience. 


      ELIC 2022-23

      • 2022-2023 School Year


        Dr. Catherine Sanderson, Director of School Readiness  

        Tifani Merritt, Center Manager, Woods Road CDC

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