Children enjoying the outdoors at CDC (Cathy Lee Taylor)
If you have a child between the ages of 18 months through kindergarten, the Saddleback College Child Development Center (CDC) offers daily child care from trained early education professionals. Students have first priority for day care spots with the balance provided to faculty, staff and community residents.
Nick Schmidt, Administrative Assistant for CDC, said that both toddlers and pre-schoolchildren are encouraged to explore their environment and whatever interests them. When asked if this was similar to a Montessori program, Schmidt replied that they do not subscribe to any one philosophy of teaching but “try to individualize the program to each child.”
The Center strives to create an environment that reflects a child’s interest but also gives them room to discover new things. Of course it has to be developmentally appropriate for their age. They also strive to make sure the skill and challenge levels are enough to make the “child learn new things but not become frustrated in this process,” Schmidt said.
Currently the CDC has 6 to 13 toddlers and the ratio is typically one teacher to three or four children. There are also about 17 babies in the 18-30 months old category and they are not required to be potty trained.
CDC staff is keenly aware of the need for safety in their environment and all personnel are either degreed in child development or trained in early childhood education. All members know CPR and first aid.
The toddler program, ages 18-30 months, is offered for the full day.
The preschool program, ages 2 ½ to 6 years, is offered at both half-day morning and afternoon options as well as full-day options.
Minimum enrollment is 2 half-days per week; or 3 hours. Anything over 3 hours is charged at a full-day rate.
The Center offers the following program options:
2 days per week (Tuesday and Thursday)
3 days per week (Monday – Wednesday – Friday)
5 days per week (Monday – Friday)
Closed on weekends
You can call with questions or to enroll your child at (949) 582-4582. Ask for Lisa Cavallaro, CDC Manager e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Nick Schmidt, Administrative Assistant e-mail email@example.com.
More information can be found at:http://www.saddleback.edu/cdc/
A safe and fun learning environment (Cathy Lee Taylor)