Central Texas Children's Center

Learn. Educate. Grow.

Serving children 6 weeks-school age in an inclusive early childhood environment.


General Info

Executive Director: Jennie Schneider

Respite Coordinator: Rita Schupp

Program Director: Tara Stanley

Non-Discrimination Policy

Quick Info

Registration and Enrollment

To enroll, please first stop by and tour our facility so we can meet you and your child and determine if we have space.  At that time, you can pick up enrollment information and the front office will go through the paperwork with you.  We would love to have you join our school family!

What is NAEYC Accreditation?

A center can choose to follow NAEYC’s accreditation standards for early childhood which are research based best practices for early childhood programs.   “The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.”-www.naeyc.org 

Nature Explore Certified Playground

Nature Explore is a national nonprofit program of Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, which works collaboratively with a network of organizations throughout the nation. Our goal is to help nature become an integral, joyful part of children’s daily learning.  Nature Explore provides research-based workshops, design consultations and resources created to support programs as they continue to connect children and families to the wonders of nature.” –www.natureexplore.org

Tuition Assistance

“Childcare Services (CCS) promotes long term self-sufficiency by enabling parents of low income, working families to work or attend skills training or education courses by offering affordable, accessible parent child / day care services for their children. Each applicant must meet our eligibility requirements and Income Guidelines 2018-2019. CCS can help you pay for childcare / daycare while you are working or in training.”-visit www.workforcelink.com/childcare.html for more information

Infant Program

This stage is marked most radically by the infant’s need to develop as a unique individual with behaviors and growth changes  ever present.

Toddler Program

This stage can be seen as one of the most challenging and rewarding times.

Preschool Program

This stage encompass ages three to five years old.

Afterschool Program

Even after school’s out for the day children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment.


This stage is marked most radically by the infant’s need to develop as a unique individual with behaviors and growth changes ever-present. Each infant has different schedules reflective of his/her own personality. It is CTCC’s role to accept each infant’s uniqueness and provide a safe and stimulating environment in which to grow.

Our infant classrooms do not use restrictive devices such as bouncers or swings.

This stage can be seen as one of the most challenging and rewarding times. Important independence skills are being acquired during these years, including personal care such as toileting, feeding and dressing.  It is CTCC’s role to provide a safe, but stimulating environment in which the child can grow and practice new found independence skills. Our toddler ratios are 1 teacher to 6 children.

This stage encompasses ages three to five years old.  Preschoolers develop in many areas and independence is promoted by providing choices in a wide range of activities for these age groups.  Cooperative play and sharing begin to develop.  During these stages, conflicts can begin to be addressed with simple problem-solving techniques. Our Pre-K ratios are 1 teacher to 9 children.

Our Pre-K classrooms participate in the Texas School Ready program.

Even after school’s out for the day children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. The after-school program allows kindergarten and school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences.  From homework help to fun physical activities, our early education program is designed so that everyone goes home happy. Our School Age ratios are 1 to 13 unless a child's specific needs call for additional assistance.

CTCC receives a grant from the Children’s Special Needs Network to provide free monthly respite for families of children with special needs and their siblings. Teaching staff from CTCC provide care during respite. Respite ratios are tailored specifically to the child's needs and determined by the Respite Coordinator.

Respite is offered once per month. For more information, call 254-778-6785 or send an email to respite@centexchildrenscenter.com.

Our Mission & Vision

CTCC’s Mission is to provide educational, habilitative, and social programs to children and their siblings who have been identified as having special needs.

School Hours

Open Monday-Friday 6:30AM-6:00PM
Infant rooms open at 7:00AM

Phone & Fax

Phone: 254-778-6785
Fax: 254-778-6789

2024 Holiday Calendar

Feb 20

Teacher In-Service Day – CLOSED

Apr 07

Good Friday – CLOSED

May 29

Memorial Day – CLOSED


We participate with the USDA’s Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and follow their guidelines when preparing and serving meals to our children each day.

We provide breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack included in tuition.

Tuition Rates

Volunteer & Employment Opportunities

We are always searching for qualified individuals to join our school family. Fill out our application and bring it by the center.

Volunteers help with various projects around the center. We are thankful for our volunteers!

Our Nature Explore Playground

Our playground received Nature Explore Certification in 2018

Our outdoor environment is set up in learning centers and allows children to explore and appreciate nature.



What Parents are Saying

“All three of my children have attended Central Tx Children’s Center, one of which has a limiting physical disability. The staff are always super helpful and make sure my son gets around safely in his wheel chair The center Is clean and welcoming. I fully trust CTCC with my children!”

- Gabrielle Kennedy

“My little one has attended CTCC for 3 years. During that time, earnest teachers and staff have helped Eliza grow both socially and educationally.  Both Jennie and Debbie are attentive to the needs of the children at the center and the expectations of their parents.”

- Athenia Lee


Of Pre-K Children met school readiness indicators in FY 17/18

Years serving children in Bell County

Hours of Free Respite Services Provided in FY 17/18

Children served in FY 17/18

Get In Touch

Location: 2000 Marlandwood Rd. Temple, TX 76502

Telephone: (254) 778-6785

Email: ctcc@centexchildrenscenter.com

School Hours: M-F: 6:30am - 6:00pm

Non-Discrimination Policy

Central Texas Children’s Center does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any of our programs or activities.