Hampton, VA. – The Hampton University Child Development Center is, hands down, the best of its kind in Hampton Roads and HU couldn’t be more proud of the program’s Director Ms. Joy L. Phelps. On April 4th, 2017, Phelps was recognized by Old Dominion University for her achievements at Hampton. Surrounded by friends and family at a luncheon on ODU’s campus, Phelps stood before the crowd and received the 2017 Darden Fellow Award. ODU’s Darden College of Education Alumni Fellows program honors one graduate from various departments for their outstanding efforts.
"It was not just an honor in receiving the award, but an honor to know that not just the community, but other universities are watching the success that unfolds here at Hampton University and at the Hampton University Child Development Center," said Phelps.
Phelps has been in the early childhood education field for 23 years. Her expertise and background has allowed her to expand the HUCDC to provide care for children with autism and other learning disabilities.
“Children learn through others and through their environment in rich settings,” she said.
Today, the HUCDC serves 28 children and has a waiting list that spans from 6-months to a year.
The HUCDC won the Best of Hampton Award in the Child Care category in both 2016 and 2017.
The HUCDC was also recognized for their dedication to helping children with learning disabilities when they were awarded the Charles A. Wornom Helping Hands Award from the Hampton Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities.