Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Our Children’s Services programs provide top-quality, comprehensive early childhood services that get your child ready for kindergarten at no cost to your family.

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Services to children and families include vision, health, and dental screenings in addition to high-quality early childhood education. Our Children’s Services programs are located throughout North Alabama in 16 counties:  Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, and Winston.

Services for children ages birth to 5 vary by county. Please click the Find a Classroom button to find a site near you.

Infant/Toddler For-Fee Service Available at Decatur’s VCT Early Learning Center

Vivian Conatser-Turner Early Learning Center in Decatur offers a for-fee service for Infants and Toddlers ages 0 through 3.

Children’s hours of attendance are Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  In addition to high-quality care, tuition provides for breakfast, lunch, and one snack, as well as early learning materials for planned daily activities.  Subsidies are accepted.

Tuition for the Infant/Toddler program is based on child’s age, as follows:

  • 0 to 24 months $225/wk
  • 24 to 36 months $200/wk
  • 3 years $175/wk

To apply or schedule a tour, please contact the Vivian Conatser-Turner Early Learning Center directly at 256.318.8993 or email Center Director Melanie Watson at

The center is closed for designated agency holidays.  The center does not provide transportation.

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