Cradlerock Children’s Center (CCC) began as an outreach project of the
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia (UUCC) with the
intention of providing affordable, high-quality early childhood
education to a diverse range of families in the neighborhood and
throughout Howard County.
The center opened in August 2005 and has since become one of the
few childcare centers in Howard County to receive accreditation from
the Maryland Department of Education. CCC has also achieved its
goal of serving a range of families and has developed a successful
ESL program as well as a scholarship program for needy students.
CCC operates as non-profit organization independent of UUCC serving
over 75 families with children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age.

“Cradlerock Children’s Center has always been a grassroots initiative, driven by and deeply rooted in our local community.”


Our mission is to create a stimulating, nurturing, values-rich
environment for children of varied backgrounds. We offer an
engaging, play-based program that involves the whole child,
encouraging social, and intellectual growth, while empowering
each child to develop at his/her own rate. We treat our staff with
respect: recruiting, recognizing and rewarding excellence. We
strive to become a welcoming, transformative, and educational
resource for our families and for those in the surrounding