Child Development Center

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The West Valley College CDC is a 45-year-old early childhood program dedicated to supporting the needs of children and families in our community. We emphasize creating an environment of respect and understanding that supports the development of the whole child. We accomplish this through low adult-child ratios, highly educated teachers, and a focus on diversity. The program also serves as a lab school for the Child Studies department, helping to train the next generation of early childhood educators.

Child Care Center

General Information

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.

Child Studies Connection

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.

Open for all

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.

An environment built for play

We believe play is the natural medium through which growth and development can best be realized for each child. Therefore, our program reflects an emergent play-based curriculum in a natural setting. We establish an aesthetically beautiful environment in which children are free to explore, create, learn and grow.

We believe children learn by doing and discovering for themselves, so adults provide opportunities for children to experiment and explore their environment. Adults serve as guides, facilitators, and co-discoverers, rather than direct instructors. Curriculum topics emerge out of the interests and needs of the children.

Adult / Child Ratios

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 four to eight children.

Commitment to Diversity

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.

About Us

The Child Development Center is an exemplary embodiment of the mission of West Valley College by:

  • Serving as a research-based teacher training school for the 700 Child Studies students
  • We are proactively addressing the achievement gap by providing children with high-quality early education while enabling their parents to achieve a college degree. Many of our parents are first-generation college students seeking to create a better life for their families.
  • We foster a spirit of inquiry through our emergent, play-based curriculum
  • Our presence on campus nurtures lasting relationships among children, students, departments, and the greater community
  • We practice sustainability in our outdoor classroom components


Our curriculum nurtures children’s language, cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. It is our goal to create an environment which provides children with the opportunity to:

  • Develop a positive self-concept, feel unique, and know they are valued individuals.
  • Establish lasting relationships with teachers and peers based on mutual respect and trust.
  • Learn to communicate effectively.
  • Build their strength, muscular coordination, and physical skills.
  • Establish a foundation for healthy and safe habits.
  • Grow in their ability to understand their social and cultural environment.
  • Develop problem-solving skills, to concentrate, and to think creatively.
  • Grow in their ability to recognize and express feelings appropriately.


Date Event
Monday, July 3, 2017 Center closed for Staff Development
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Center closed for Independence Day
Thursday, August 24, 2017 Center closed for Professional Development
Friday, August 25, 2017 Center closed for Professional Development
Monday, August 28, 2017 First day of class for the West Valley College Fall Semester
Monday, September 4, 2017 Center closed for Labor Day
Thursday, September 7, 2017 Parent Meeting (Adults only) at 6:00 PM
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Parade at 10:30 AM
Friday, November 10, 2017 Center closed for Veterans Day
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Center closes at 12:30 PM
Thursday, November 23, 2017 Center closed for Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 24, 2017 Center closed for Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, December 7, 2017 Family Breakfast Potluck from 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Saturday, December 16 West Valley College Fall Semester Ends
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Center closes at 12:30 PM
December 21, 2017 – January 1, 2018 Center closed for Winter Break
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Center opens after Winter Break
Monday, January 15, 2018 Center closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
Monday, January 29, 2018 West Valley College Spring Semester begins
Friday, February 16, 2018 Center closed for Presidents' Day holiday
Monday, February 19, 2018 Center closed for Presidents' Day holiday
Friday, March 30, 2018 Center closed for Cesar Chavez Day
Friday, May 25, 2018 Last day of West Valley College Spring Session
Monday, May 28 Closed for Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Family Promotion Potluck in the Park at 6:00 PM
Monday, June 4, 2018 West Valley College Summer Session begins

Tuition Schedule and Fees

Please note: Tuition fees are based on annual tuition and are paid in twelve equal payment installments. There is no vacation or absence credit.

Days Per Week Price per Month
Mornings (8:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
Price per Month
Full Day (7:30 AM – 6:00 PM)
2 days $385 $715
3 days $515 $1,020
4 days $650 $1,100
5 days $800 $1,380

To ensure full participation in our classroom programs, we ask that children arrive to school by 9:30 AM each day.

Additional Tuition Information

  • Tuition is due on the first of the month - late if received after the fifth of the month
  • Please make checks payable to: West Valley College CDC
  • Tuition Late Fee: $25 – if tuition is received after the fifth of the month
  • We require a 30 day notice for withdrawal from the program
  • Parents will be given a 30 day notice if a tuition increase is instituted
  • Fees are non-refundable

Fees Information

Fee Amount Fee Details
Application/Waitlist $50 Due with Application
Materials Fee $200 One time fee due with first tuition installment
Tuition Deposit Half of month's tuition Required. The deposit will be applied to your last month's tuition installment.
Returned Check Fee $25  
Tuition Late Fee $25 A late fee is charged if tuition is received after the fifth of the month. Late tuition payment may result in termination of your services.
Late Pick–Up Fees* $25 Under 10 minutes late
  $50 Up to 15 minutes late
  $75 Up to 30 minutes late
  $100 Beyond 30 minutes late*
Additional Time $50 per half day An occasional half or full day may be added to your child's schedule
Additional Time $100 per Full Day An occasional half or full day may be added to your child's schedule

*After 6:30 PM, if we are unable to contact parents or alternate contacts listed on your emergency cared, we are required by California State Licensing to contact Child Protective Services and the Campus Police Department.

Enrollment Process

  1. Application: Depending on the number of current openings, the application will be processed immediately or be placed on a waiting list. Subsidized tuition is available for qualifying families.
  2. Paperwork: All enrollment paperwork, subsidy documentation, immunizations, and physician reports must be completed before entry into the program.
  3. Tour: All families (child and parent/guardian) must tour the facility before enrollment. This is an opportunity to meet the teachers and become familiar with the classroom. Additional visitations can be arranged to ease the transition into the program.


last published: 3/21/18