Child Development Center


Child Development Center

The Child Development Center (CDC) and Learning Lab offer half-day and full-day preschool programs for children ages 2-5. The Center serves children of students, faculty, staff and the community, with locations at both the Liberal Arts Campus and the Pacific Coast Campus open year-round.

Operated in partnership with the College’s Child Development Department, the Center follows best practices for early childhood education based on years of professional experience, as well as the latest research and technology. Toddlers and preschoolers benefit from activities and interaction in an engaging environment that fosters positive social growth, relationships and the joy of learning. Center staff includes dedicated student teachers specializing in early childhood education.

The CDC employs the practice of Leave No Child Inside, inspired by Richard Louv’s book, Last Child in the Woods. From his book, the teachers at the CDC make a conscious effort to spend more time outdoors in nature and focusing on outdoor classrooms, formerly known as the playground. More focus was placed on outdoor play and an emergent curriculum project involving water play quickly evolved.

The outdoor reading area is designed to allow guest readers to stop by and share a favorite story. Some of our guests have included the Ƶfaculty & staff, police officers, librarians, family members of enrolled children and CDC alumni.

Both locations are open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, except on holidays and during the winter and fall semester breaks. Rates are affordable, and the tuition may be reduced or free for families who qualify based on income. Programs also offer nutritious lunches and snacks at no extra cost for eligible children.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at the Filing a Program Discrimination Complaint as a USDA Customer page and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. Fax: (202) 690-7442
  3. Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.​