In 2012, the Center for Child and Community Development (CCCD) received a grant from the Office of English Language Acquisition at the U.S. Department of Education to provide professional development opportunities for districts serving English Learners (ELs). The Excellence for English Language Learners (ExcELs) Program serves to build capacity for educators of English Learners through research-based professional development opportunities for districts through the DFW Metroplex.
The Center of Child and Community Development is dedicated to the cognitive, affective/social, and cultural development of children in ethnically diverse communities through the provision of research-related educational programs and services to schools, families, and community organizations.
The mission of the Center for Child and Community Development is to provide educators with high quality training to better serve their EL students. The Center aims to facilitate interactive workshops and conference opportunities for educators to acquire tools necessary to transform their instruction through integration of research-based teaching strategies, to become leaders in their schools and communities, to empower students as leaders, to prepare students to be college- and career-ready, and to increase parent involvement.