The Developmental Learning Center (DLC) is a faith-based inclusion nonprofit child care center for children of all abilities, with and without developmental delays, where each child is taught at their own pace.

Programs and Admissions

At DLC, our attitude gives every child the opportunity to say “Yes, I can!”

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  • The Developmental Learning Center (DLC) provides year-round high-quality education, nursing care, and therapies to children of all abilities so that children and families have the opportunity to reach their maximum potential.
  • Children with Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Spina Bifida, Microcephaly, seizure disorders, g-tubes, apnea monitors, Congenital Heart Defects, HIE, Treacher Collins Syndrome, Autism, genetic disorders, and other special needs are welcome at DLC. Our services include: child care, preschool, VPK, PPEC, extended day programs, registered nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, early intervention, developmental screening and low adult to child ratios for more one-on-one attention to individual goals for each child.
  • DLC has provided childcare in Jacksonville, Florida since 1989. We have classrooms for infants 6 weeks - 5-year olds, including VPK for 4-year olds. We also have after school programs and summer care for children up to 22 years of age.
  • DLC has maintained a “5 Star Rating” from the Early Learning Coalition of Duval for over 15 years.
  • Our program is based upon the idea that children with special needs are children first and their potential is ours to discover.
  • All Teachers have a Child Development Associate certificate (CDA), First Aid and CPR certified, and have successfully passed a criminal background check. Many classroom Teachers also have an Associates, Bachelors or Master's degree. Staff receives training in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), Child Abuse/Neglect (CAN), Seizure and Epi-Pen. They are also required to obtain 10-20 hours annually of continuing education through classes, seminars, workshops, conferences, and other related early childhood events. The teachers strive to create a warm, fun-loving atmosphere for each child enrolled at DLC. We maintain low classroom ratios for students and teachers.
  • Nursing care, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Early Intervention are available at our school.
  • Childcare services provided by DLC allows the parents freedom to work, attend school and provide for the family; thereby the entire family is strengthened. We utilize the State approved curriculum, FunnyDafer, and integrate it with WeeLearn (a faith-based curriculum), focuses on self-help, cognitive/pre-academics, social and behavior, motor and speech/communication.
  • Staff is trained in M.O.V.E. (Movement Opportunities Via Education) for children with physical disabilities.
  • In each classroom DLC administers an assessment called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. This Questionnaire will allow the teachers and therapists to understand what level each child is at developmentally. After the assessment is completed the DLC team will compose 3-4 goals for your child to work on daily. Once we have composed the goals we will have a parent meeting with you and whoever else you would like to join. DLC partners with parents at these meetings so that all providers are on the same accord and can work on the same goals together. Our team will inform you of accomplishments over time and also daily accomplishments as well.
  • To secure your space, there is waiting list fee of $25.
  • We Provide: Wipes, 2 snacks, whole milk and juice.
  • You Provide: Breakfast, Lunch, Formula (specialized milk and water at intake), Diapers, Physical Form, Shot Records, written Prescriptions for Therapy (if applicable), $75 enrollment fee, extra clothes and if needed, any required medication.
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Prior to Enrollment Checklist

  • Completed Enrollment Packet
  • Enrollment Fee $75
  • Signed Contract for Tuition Agreement
  • Shot Record/Physical Form from Pediatrician
  • Therapy Scripts for any Therapy Services your child will need
  • Doctor Orders for any medical procedures (daily oral medication, g-tube feeding, catheterization, etc.)
  • Copy of Insurance Card (if applicable for therapy and nursing care)

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School/Child Care and Special Education Tuition Fees

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Full Time Rates

Age / Class Weekly / Monthly Rate
6 weeks to 1 year $250 weekly / $1,000 monthly
1 year old $225 weekly / $900 monthly
2 year old $200 weekly / $800 monthly
3 year old $175 weekly / $700 monthly
4-5 year olds $150 weekly / $600 monthly

VPK Rates

DLC VPK with Voucher Weekly / Monthly Rate
Volunteer Pre-Kindergarten -VPK (9am-12pm) Free with ELC Voucher
Before & After VPK (7am-9pm, 12pm-6pm) $135 w. / $540 m.
After VPK (12pm-6pm) $120 w. / $480 m.

Before/After School Rates

(Space Permitting. Students 3 years old to 22 years old for students attending school outside of DLC. Transportation is NOT provided however DLC may be considered a DCPS bus stop. These arrangements must be made by the parents with DCPS Transportation prior to enrollment).
DLC Nurse & Learn Weekly / Monthly Rate
Before School Only (7am-8:30am) $50 w. / $200 m.
After School Only (3pm-6pm) $100 w. / $400 m.
Before & After School (7am-8:30am, 3pm-6pm) $125 w. / $500 m.

Summer Care Rates

Summer Rates Weekly / Monthly Rate
Developmental Learning Center Year-Round Student (7a-6p) $150w. / $600 m.
Developmental Learning Center Summer Only Student (7a-6p) $175 w. / $700 m.

PPEC Rates

(Space Permitting. Ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Transportation is NOT provided). Hours are Monday through Friday, 7am to 6pm.
DLC accepts Medicaid for the PPEC Program. Rates are dictated by Medicaid.

Additional Fees & Rates

Item Rate
New Student Enrollment $75, onetime fee
Annual Supply Fee $50, annually
Classroom Evaluation $120, per evaluation
Therapy Evaluations $120, per evaluation
Nursing Services $200, monthly, when needed
Extra full day for after schoolers $20, per day
Waiting List Fee $25, one-time fee
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20% with two or more children enrolled

Scholarship Information

Students may apply for a DLC scholarship for a partial or full tuition assistance which is based upon an income verification and review. Some students may also qualify for a partial or full scholarship for therapy services due to the lack of authorizations through health insurance providers, including Medicaid HMO’s. You can request a scholarship application from the DLC Staff.