The University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) Edgar L. and Rheta A. Berkley Child and Family Development Center (CFDC) was established in 1993. UMKC’s School of Education and an interdisciplinary team of experts worked together to develop a state-of-the-art early childhood program.

Berkley is part of UMKC’s School of Education and serves as a learning laboratory for early childhood students. As a NAEYC nationally accredited program, Berkley enrolls children of UMKC employees, students, and the community. We offer full day twelve month a year early care and education. Building an equal relationship between family, child, and teacher is a cornerstone of our philosophy.

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The Berkley Child and Family Development Center strives to create a community /neighborhood focused on the importance of relationships between our families and staff.

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Enrollment and tuition

Find out how to joining the waiting pool for open slots that arise in the program.

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Family involvement program

FIP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation of the UMKC community which enables it to support the Berkley CFDC and the children on its own. There are annual elections for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and anyone may place themselves into nomination for an active role in FIP.

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