The DOCC at Darden
The Darden DOCC is a university affiliated drop-off childcare program located on East Carolina University’s campus in the Nancy Darden Center. The DOCC at Darden is designed to help ECU faculty, students, faculty, and staff parents by providing childcare during the evening times of their day. The program focuses on providing developmentally appropriate drop-off childcare to families within the ECU community. We prioritize teaching every child in our care respect, kindness, and self-control in an environment with fewer distractions, more movement, and relational learning.
To provide high quality and dependable drop-off childcare during non-traditional hours to ECU staff, faculty, and student parents.
Our vision is to support academic success; to recruit and retain high quality staff, faculty, and student parents at the University.
Meet the Team
Business Hours & Service/Calendar
The Darden DOCC will be open from 6PM to 9PM, Monday-Thursday – all year round. We service ECU faculty, staff, and student-parents who have children the ages of 1 to 8. We occupy two classrooms of the Nancy Darden Center. One classroom is for one- to four-year-olds, and the second classroom is for ages five- to eight-year-olds.
The DOCC will officially be open May 15th, 2023!
Close of Business
ECU’s Spring Break
ECU’s Winter Break
*The DOCC is open all year-round
*The DOCC at Darden follows closely to ECU’s academic Calander
How to Book
- Schedule a date Monday-Thursday, 6PM-9PM for your child(ren) on bookings: DOCC Bookings PageYou must book each day and child separately in Bookings.
- Fill out this form before your child’s drop off: DOCC Drop Off Form You only need to fill out the form once for your child(ren) and can put up to 3 children on one application.
You must book each day and child separately in Bookings.
- Pay before your child’s drop off: DOCC Store Page
Below, click products, scroll down and click drop off childcare, complete payment process.
- Find your affiliation to ECU to determine your price
- Your total should reflect your affiliation to ECU, how many children you have, and how many days you are paying for.
You can book up to 4 drop-off days in advance.
COMPASS Student Parents
First child is free per day + $10 for each additional child per day.
Non-COMPASS Student Parents
First child is $15 per day + $10 for each additional child per day.
Faculty & Staff Parents
First child is $30 per day + $15 for each additional child per day.
*All ECU student parents are free of charge for the Summer ’23 (until August 10th).*
To be eligible for a full refund, you have until 5PM, the day of your scheduled child drop off to cancel through your bookings confirmation email or phone (252)-737-2731.
The parent handbook contains everything you need to know about the DOCC. It includes general information, emergency procedures, behavior management, how to book, and how to contact us.
*To access link, be sure you are logged in with your ECU email.*
We are located in the Nancy Darden Child Development Center, inside the Rivers building. The Nancy Darden Child Development Center (NDCDC) is NAEYC-accredited (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and has a 5-star rated license from the Division of Child Development and Early Education. The classrooms are Reggio Emilia inspired and the space is supplied with ample play materials and equipment.