The CDC is a non-profit on-campus center designed for students, college staff, faculty, and local community families with young children ages 2 to 5 years. Children do not need to be toilet learned in order to attend. Each classroom is licensed through the Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing and administered through the Child Studies Department at West Valley College.
The program is part of the Child Studies Department and is uniquely involved in the academic life of the college by serving as a teacher training and observation site for students and parents.
The program is staffed by full-time teachers who have degrees in Early Childhood Education. The CDC staff have training and experience in all areas of child development. One adult is scheduled for every six to eight children.
The program operates on a non-discriminatory basis, according equal opportunity for access to services and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual preference, or special needs and disabilities. No religious instruction of any kind is provided.
Our curriculum is ethnically diverse, non-sexist, and anti-biased. This is demonstrated in the use of appropriate materials, toys, books, pictures, and foods. We employ a diverse staff and are often assisted by our parents and Child Studies students in providing unique ethnic and culturally relevant experiences.