History of Kidopolis Child Development Center

The original idea for the center was spearheaded by Women in Medicine, a group of Tulane medical students.  The center was developed to meet the needs of the Tulane University Medical students, residents, faculty and staff.  At the time, there was little if any available care for the medical community families, and the center was established specifically to meet the needs of this unique group.  The center opened in January of 1988 with a total potential enrollment of 42 students. Originally located in the first floor of the student dormitory, Hawthorne Hall, the center offered care from 6:30 am – 6:30 pm.

In January of 1998, the center moved to its current location at 127 Elk Place and opened up enrollment to the Central Business District as well as Tulane University families. This expansion brought a new name, Kidopolis Child Development Center, and a much larger enrollment capability of 150 children. After Hurricane Katrina the center's enrollment shifted from a mix of Tulane and CBD families to a majority of Tulane University families.  In April of 2012, Bright Horizons took over managment of the center, but it still maintains its ties to the University.  For more information about Kidopolis by Bright Horizons please visit,

The center has always served infants through five year olds and focused on a constructivist philosophy, emphasizing a play based child centered curriculum. The teaching staff incorporates developmentally appropriate practices as they strive to meet the varied learning styles of each individual child.  The center has been continuously accredited by the National Association of Young Children. NAEYC Accreditation provides a national standard on the quality of programs for young children and represents the mark of quality in early childhood education.


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