We are open with adjusted hours

monday - friday 7:00 am - 5:30 PM








Proverbs 22:6

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”



The mission of the Brookland Baptist Church is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, through evangelism, education and economic empowerment.


Guided by Christian principles, the mission of the academy is the individual success of each child by providing a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment with age appropriate programs.


Our goal is to provide for the enhancement of spiritual, cognitive, emotional, physical and social development of children while involving families in collaboration with the community.


The objectives are to:

  • Educate children about Christianity through all genres of learning.
  • Help children to successfully demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate skills.
  • Promote positive family relationships through educational services.
  • Establish partnerships with various entities that will support and strengthen our children and families within the community.


The Philosophy of the Brookland Academy Child Development Center is based on the belief that each child is a worthy individual endowed with certain unique capabilities and talents.  All children are given opportunities to learn in their own way while pursuing their own interests and having their individual needs met.  We accept each child as they are and help foster their growth and development into a responsible, independent, and caring person.  We will strive to make all children more aware of the world around them through activities and experiences aimed at social, emotional, physical, spiritual and cognitive development.  We understand the importance of providing the opportunity for children to participate in group and individual activities, noisy and quiet times, large and fine motor physical activities, and time for observation to develop problem solving and listening skills.  We further believe that children need to have space to explore within a safe, nurturing and encouraging environment.


Students, Teachers, Parents and Community

The Brookland Baptist Church and Brookland Academy partnered together to create Brookland Academy Child Development, providing state-of-the-art facility and curriculum to serve the community's childcare/preschool needs.

Why does quality count?  Because national research shows that a high quality early educational experience makes a difference in a child's life long academic and social success.  The Brookland Academy Child Development Center will provide your child with the tools necessary to help them succeed in the future.


  • A developmentally appropriate, integrated curriculum for all ages.
  • Curriculum aligns with SC academic standards.
  • Provides daily parent communication.
  • Creates opportunities for family involvement.

Other Initiatives:

  • Seasonal Extra Curricular Activities

Our Contact Information

Jennifer M. McConnell, Director

(803) 744-7917 office

Samantha Gleaton, Administrative Assistant

(803) 744-7918 main line
(803) 744-7921 fax
1054 Sunset Boulevard
West Columbia, SC 29169 

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.



Brookland Academy Curriculum


Parents are the most important teachers. Success in school can be enhanced by parent and teachers working together. We encourage you to visit the classroom, participate in classroom activities, and extend school learning experiences at home.

BACDC believes that good infant care is a special kind of care, characterized by respectful and responsive relationships. Continuity of care is practiced at the Center when staffing allows. This approach allows the child and caregiver to remain together until the child moves to the preschool department. Caregivers are nurturing and understand the importance of building strong relationships with children and early brain development. The infant and toddler environment at BACDC is designed to ensure safety, offer infants appropriate developmental challenges, and promote optimum health and growth.

Creative Curriculum

BACDC offers developmentally appropriate method of learning from a Christian perspective that is facilitated by individual activities and interest centers. The teaching staff utilizes practices based on Christian principles and a hands-on approach to learn through the Creative Curriculum. This organized Christian approach to learning incorporates daily devotions, bible stories and character education in each component of its learning experiences. Guidelines for each program are based on the developmental stage of the children enrolled. Creative Curriculum is one of four developmentally appropriate approaches to curriculum recommended by the SC Department of Education. It is research-based and curriculum areas are integrated. Creative Curriculum aligns with appropriate SC Learning Standards. The curriculum/studies emerge from the children’s interests. Children make choices throughout the day that guide their learning and help them make meaningful connections to previous experiences. Teachers are viewed as facilitators of learning. They create carefully planned environments, encourage child-child interactions, and provide a positive climate for social growth.

Active Learning: Children are involved in direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, ideas, and events. While teachers share control and initiative with children, they are guided by 58 key experiences that all children need to have as part of their intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development.
Adult-Child Interaction: Adults observe and interact with children at their level to discover how each child thinks and reasons. Adults interact with children in ways that em¬power children to take control of their own learning.

Learning Environment: Classroom furniture and equipment are arranged in several clearly defined interest areas that enable children to find, use, and return the materials they need in order to explore, invent, and learn about their world.

Daily Routine: Each day follows a similar schedule of events, providing consistency for both children and adults. A daily plan-do-review process is at the core of the High/ Scope routine and gives children the opportunity to pursue their own interests, make plans, follow through on them, and reflect on their experiences with peers and adults.

Assessment: Teachers regularly record notes and collects work samples on children's behaviors, experiences, and interests to create their portfolio. They use these notes to assess each child's development and to plan activities that will facilitate their growth and development. They also use these notes in parent meetings to help parents better understand his/her child's development.

BACDC will also incorporate South Carolina Early Learning Standards promoted by the South Carolina State Department of Education. Other developmentally appropriate tools will be used to enhance language and literacy, mathematical instruction and science.

Director's Welcome to Brookland Academy

Director's Welcome

Dear Parents: Thank you for choosing Brookland Academy Child Development Center to enhance your child’s early developmental needs.  The enclosed policy manual will provide you with essential information about the rules and regulations of our program.  Choosing an early childhood program is one of the most important decisions you will make during your child’s early years.  We believe parents want a safe and nurturing environment for their children.  The Brookland Academy Child Development Center is a direct response by the Brookland Baptist Church to address the growing need for quality early childhood care and education.  The Brookland Academy represents the church’s deep commitment to ensuring that children have the best start possible on their educational journey.  As an extension of the church, the Brookland Academy has incorporated a Christian-based education into its curriculum. Our goal is to provide for the enhancement of spiritual, cognitive, emotional, physical and social development of children while involving families in collaboration with the community. 
We are excited about the coming year and are confident that both parents and children will find the experience at Brookland Academy very rewarding.  Please call Jennifer McConnell, Director, if you have any questions regarding our program at (803) 744-7917.  We look forward to a most prosperous and successful year with your child.


Brookland Academy Child Development Center
1054 Sunset Boulevard • West Columbia, South Carolina 29169
Phone: 803.744.7918 - Fax: 803.744.7921

Brookland Academy Testimonials

“I love the HiMama app! It is so fun to see what my daughter is up to during the day! Also, thank you so much for creating a safe and healthy space. It’s a blessing to come to work and know that she is okay.”

-Staggers Family 

"I would like to thank Ms. Jennifer McConnell and the staff of Brookland Academy for keeping the kids safe during the pandemic.  The hard work you all are doing is not going unnoticed.  I appreciate you all." 

-S. Harry
“It is a wonderful feeling when you know that your child is safe, getting the best care, in the best academic program, and with the best teachers! They say it takes a village to raise a child and you all have been part of our village, and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for absolutely everything you have done and everything you all continue to do. Thank you for instilling in our children the love of God, and keeping God in their hearts and in their minds!”

-Melvin Family

Brookland Academy Board of Advisors

Brookland Academy Board of Advisors

Margaret Warren, Chair
Jerrell Davis, Co-Chair
Loretta Brunson, Secretary
Katerri Pringle-Green, Treasurer
Deacon Lenell Geter, Parliamentarian
Jamie Devine, Parent Liaison
Jennifer McConnell, Director
Dr. Lesly James
Dr. Sherry Rivers
Dr. Thomas Rivers
Jeanette Samuels


Brookland Academy TWW Scholarship

Brookland Academy Child Development Center Taimeka Walker Williams Scholarship

July 3, 1974 – August 11, 2006

Taimeka Walker Williams was a spirited, gifted, and kind young woman that gave her all to the education of young children. She had a contagious smile and laugh like no other. When she was with us she always wanted to know how she could lend a helping hand. Brookland Academy CDC was honored to have her be a part of the strategic plans in developing our program. In August of 2005 Taimeka began her role as the three year old lead teacher. The parents, students, and staff naturally gravitated to her warm spirit.

On August 11, 2006, Taimeka came to work and did what she loved best and that was to teach her three year old students. After a full day of showing us how to endure and to always do your best she would leave us to only never return. While traveling home to Johnston, SC, Taimeka was in a single car accident that ended her life.

The passing of Taimeka was a tremendous shock to our school and church community. Collectively we all wanted to do something to pay homage to the life and legacy of such an outstanding person. We all knew how much Taimeka loved Brookland but we knew that her true love was to work with children. By the fall of 2006, Brookland Academy CDC Board of Advisors approved the Taimeka Walker Williams Scholarship. The scholarship would be awarded to currently enrolled families experiencing economic hardship. Through monetary donations Brookland Academy has awarded numerous families with the scholarship.

In an effort to continue providing scholarships we ask that you consider making a donation to the Taimeka Walker Williams Scholarship. All donations will be used to help families experiencing hardship continue their enrollment in our program. Every child in every community at every income level deserves a quality education.

Brookland Academy CDC is a 501 (c) 3 organization and donations are tax deductible. 

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Quick Facts

Academy Quick Facts

Inception August 2005

Licensed and regulated by the State of South Carolina Department of Social Services

Department of Social Services ABC Voucher Program accepted

Rated Level B+ by the Department of Social Services ABC Voucher Program

Full-time program open 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Children ages 6 weeks -  4 years

Camp Brookland ages 5 years - 10 years

Students wear uniforms Monday - Thursday

All staff CPR and First Aid certified

Seven spacious classrooms with developmentally appropriate materials and learning centers

Three-age-appropriate outdoor play areas

Media Center equipped with iMac Computers, lending library, and writing stations

Monitored classrooms

Two nutritious meals and snacks provided daily

Health Room

8 Bed Garden

First Steps 4K Program

Academy Calendars


2023-2024 Holiday Schedule

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2023-2024 activity Schedule

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