The Child Development Center, which provides
childcare while parents attend classes, job training and/or
work, serves children between the ages of 2 and 5 during the
day. Evening child care is available for children between
3 and 12 years of age from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Childcare is free for income eligible parents and nutritious
meals are included. The Center is staffed by teachers trained
in early childhood education, and student assistants and college
lab students work with the staff to provide an environment
that is developmentally appropriate for young children. In
recent years the Center has experienced growth due to the
development of the Child Development program, a State Preschool
Contract that enables student/parents to receive free childcare,
and the availability of CalWORKs funding. The Child Care Food
Program provides free breakfast lunch, snacks and dinner for
children at the Center. Limited facilities for toddler care
in the surrounding community also has been cause for an increase
in applications for attendance. The limited nature of the
facilities of the Center at this time requires that the Center
maintain a waiting list.
Personnel - At this time the Center employs
three full-time faculty members, three part-time faculty members,
one full-time classified staff member and 17 student workers.
Equipment - The safety surface under the climbing
structure is in need of replacement.
Facilities - The current facility is isolated
from campus, and at times provides an unsafe drop-off and
pick-up point for children as it is located near a main thoroughfare.
It is too small and the area in Building I is in only fair
condition. The area in Building II, which is new, is in good
The size of the Child Development Center is
expected to increase at the same rate as the overall college
enrollment. Because of this increase, and because the Child
Development program needs more lab space for observations,
It is expected that a permanent facility for the Child Development
Center will be built within five years.
Personnel - See Projected Faculty and Staff
Equipment - At this time several pieces of
equipment need either repair or replacement, including a climbing
structure, an awning, tricycles, and a laminator. A tricycle
storage unit is needed now. A complete equipment list has
been created for the time when an all-new facility is available.
Facilities - Plans call for a new 12,000 sq.
ft. facility to be completed within five years. Architectural
drawings have been completed.
Staff Development - The Center conducts monthly
staff workshops on nutrition, curriculum, first aid/CPR, discipline
and other topics. A campus-wide disaster training sequence
|Projected Faculty and
/ Limited Faculty
Full-time Classified Staff