Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Welcome to Harrison County Child Development Center

The Harrison County Child Development Center holds the mark of a quality educational program which includes a broadly based series of opportunities for children who require individualized learning materials and specially trained teachers.

Students who meet the criteria for this center are provided with a program of educational opportunities and social development to help him/her reach their highest potential. Students are accepted ages 6 weeks to 21 years.

Each class is directed by a state certified Special Education Teacher and a teacher's aide. This provides a teacher/student ratio of 1-5.

Special services offered to the students of the Harrison County Child Development Center include: parent counseling, psychological evaluation, speech/language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and audio logical evaluations. Special education classrooms are designed to meet individual student's developmental needs and long range post-school goals.


Vicki Carter, Principal

  • Infant Program: Specialized developmental activities are used to address the needs of babies ages 6 weeks to 2 years. Here, the curriculum includes self feeding, mobility, and visual awareness all utilizing a language based curriculum.
  • Toddler Program: This program addresses the development of children ages 2-3 including such activities as fine motor and gross motor skills; verbalizations; self help which includes independent living skills; and other developmentally appropriate milestones.
  • Preschool Program: Children ages 3-5 with developmental delays are provided with language based instruction to meet the developmentally appropriate age of the students. The objective of this program is to expose students to enriching activities which allow them to develop as normal children of this age group. Skills addressed include pre-academics such as pre-reading, math, socialization, and self help activities. Upon reaching entry age, these students are transitioned into the regular kindergarten classroom in the neighborhood schools if appropriate.
  • School-Age Program: This level of instruction is designed for those school-aged students whose disabilities interfere with their ability to transition into the regular neighborhood schools. The need for individualized instruction is essential for the overall goal to prepare these students to function in a group/living environment.
  • Vocational Preparation: The aim of this program is to provide exploratory experiences and training to further the vocational options in the community setting. Here, the students learn preoccupational skills needed for a variety of job placements. Students are also informed of the work placements available upon completion of the program.
  • Autism Program: This program is divided into two age levels, a school age and preschool level. These programs provide a highly structured classroom environment with specialized teaching methods and techniques utilizing the TEACCH method as well as Applied Behavioral Analysis. The overall goal of the program is to enable spontaneous communication by providing a language rich environment using picture exchange, sign language, and augmentative communication devices.



Congratulations! Sherry Stockstill

  • Psychological Services: A state licensed psychologist evaluates all students for emotional, developmental, and intellectual functioning. The psychologist provides parent, student, and teacher consultation. The psychologist develops and supervises behavior management programs in cooperation with the student's teachers and parents.
  • Nursing Services: Two full time nurses administer first aid, distribute physician prescribed medications, and perform other health related tasks.
  • Case Manager: The case manager functions as a liaison between the parents and school. This service also has the responsibility of coordinating all admission requirements and necessary follow-up procedures.
  • Occupational-Physical Therapy: The therapists work with the students who have physical disabilities or some type of motor delay. Individual treatment programs are developed and implemented to improve muscle strength, range of motion, and physical endurance. Improvement of hand-eye coordination, sensory integration status, motor planning, and self improvement skills such as feeding and dressing are also addressed.
  • Speech/Language Services: Speech-language pathologists help children develop their communication abilities as well as treat speech, language, swallowing, and voice disorders. This service includes identification, evaluation, and treatment.
  • Adaptive Music: Music provides students with an opportunity to express themselves through various activities such as singing, dancing, and rhythm instruments. The students also present seasonal plays and programs for the entire school, parents, as well as the community.
  • Audiological Services: A fully equipped audiometric suite is available for testing the hearing of students enrolled in the Child Development Center as well as students enrolled in any other city or county school within Harrison County. A certified audiologist accepts referrals from speech terapists, school nurses, private physicians, and teachers. Services available include hearing tests, hearing aid evaluations, tympanograms, DP Otoacoustical Emissions, ear molds, and swim molds.
  • Visually and Hearing Impaired Services: Itinerate services are available for students with varying degrees of hearing and vision loss. The program focuses on individual and small group sessions involving auditory and tactile awareness activities. Braille and mobility orientation activities are a major focus for this population.

Harrison County School District

(Part A: No Child Left Behind Act of 2001)

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires school districts to publish report cards containing certain information. The required information falls into three general areas: school improvement, teacher qualifications, and test data. A school that fails to make adequate yearly progress in achievement must be identified for school improvement. The report must contain information about the professional qualifications of teachers in core academic subject areas [English, reading, language arts, science, mathematics, foreign languages, arts, civics and government, economics, history and geography]. Highly qualified teachers are those who satisfied the NCLB criteria during the school year. The report must also contain achievement data for specific subgroups, two-year achievement trends and student participation rates.

Please contact the principal of your child's school if you have questions about this report.

Click here to view HCCDC Report Card