The Children's Center, housed in the Family and Consumer Education Center (building
J), provides quality care for infants and preschoolers between three months and five
years of age. The center serves as the lab school for Early Childhood Studies students
who assist the credentialed staff in providing an enriched learning environment designed
to foster social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth for young children.
The Children's Center is open Monday – Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
The philosophy of the program is to provide each child with the tools and the opportunity
to be actively involved in the learning process, to experience a variety of developmentally
appropriate activities and materials, and to pursue his/her own interests. As an integral
part of the Early Childhood Studies program, the center provides a multicultural,
anti-bias inclusion approach where children have the opportunity to experience differences
in gender, race/ethnicity, abilities, learning styles, and individual needs.
The Children's Center is available to student parents en-rolled in nine or more units
during fall and spring semesters, six or more units during summer session, and/or
CalWORKs or Title V participants. Limited staff spaces are available. Applications
from student parents taking less than the minimum units are accepted on a space-available
basis. An orientation session is required prior to enrollment.
For further information, contact center director Thesa Roepke at 922-6966 ext. 3569
or email email@example.com.