History, Mission and Philosophy

  • History

    Keystone Child Development Center (KCDC) was opened in 2013 by Dr. Katie Falwell, Ph.D., to serve children 18 months old through kindergarten. Dr. Falwell believes passionately in research that supports the importance of providing individualized instruction and support as early as possible in a young child’s life. She designed KCDC to focus on all aspects of a child – mind, body and soul – to offer your child the best opportunity for success in elementary school and throughout life.

    Dr. Falwell is a Florida licensed psychologist who specializes in child development. She serves children as a clinician, educator, consultant and researcher.


    What We Do

    KCDC originally offered two levels of classes, pre-K for 3-year-olds and VPK for 4-year-olds. In 2015, we added kindergarten classes. From the beginning, KCDC has focused on small class sizes with two professionals in each classroom. We now offer classes from infancy (3 months old) through kindergarten. And, we have expanded our offerings to include an After-School Enrichment Membership Program for all children, 3 to 8 years old, regardless of whether they are enrolled in our school.


    • KCDC is a kind, caring and understanding organization that helped my family and child in a holistic approach.


    What We Believe

    Each child’s unique learning style should be honored and supported.

    Our mission is to be the area’s premier child development center, providing a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment to promote your child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth. We believe in honoring each child’s unique learning style.

    We continually adjust our interactions to accommodate each child’s learning style, needs and interests. We encourage both teacher-directed and child-initiated curriculum. We support individual exploration that leads to higher-order thinking and discoveries. We will work closely with your family to ensure that your child feels supported, respected, self-confident and ready for elementary school and beyond. Our goal is to promote the intellectual, social and behavioral success of your child, Right from the Start!


    Family involvement is critical in the success of early child development programs.

    Research indicates that when your family plays an active role in your child’s learning, remarkable gains are made for both your family and your child. We know that your family is the real expert when it comes to your child. We welcome your involvement to help us create a meaningful and memorable learning experience that bridges the boundaries between home and school.

    By working with you to improve your child’s quality of life and increase language and social development, we enhance your child’s confidence and improve family relationships.

    We provide you with a real-time feed of your child’s activities throughout the school day through brightwheel, a computer application that can be downloaded on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. In addition, teachers provide daily communication notes describing how your child’s individual goals were addressed and achieved each day. In turn, your family is encouraged to communicate regularly with KCDC staff through communication notebooks. Our staff also provides your family with quarterly progress notes that indicate areas of your child’s strengths and needs and will meet with you each quarter to review your child’s progress and plan for the future.

    Throughout the year, KCDC hosts special school events that offer families the opportunity to gather for socialization, community support and fun. We also offer ongoing family training and workshop opportunities, presented by Keystone staff and child development professionals from the Jacksonville community.

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