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The Los Angeles Community College District Child Development Center’s philosophy, curriculum and goals are based on the following tenets:

  • Childhood is the most important time in one’s life, as it sets the pathway; it is not to be hurried or short changed.
  • A child has rights and is to be respected.
  • A child is valued as an individual, and therefore, a child’s learning pace is respected.
  • A child is an individual, creative, and capable of problem-solving.
  • Teaching must build on the child’s developmental level.
  • Learning should be enjoyable.
  • A child benefits from developmentally appropriate stimulation and learning experiences.
  • Children need to be interactive in their environment and have hands-on experiences.
  • Play is the most important way in which a child learns.
  • A child learns from parents, peers, teachers, and self-discovery of pride in one’s self, family and community. A child must experience life in a genuine and worthwhile way.
  • A child needs to develop a healthy self-esteem, develop competencies, which help him/her to feel confident and self-reliant, and develop a strong sense community.

The Child Development Center offers children’s services:

  • To promote access to higher education for low-income parents, especially women and minorities, thereby, promoting self-sufficiency.
  • To provide quality childcare for unemployed and under-employed student-parents who are entering the work force through welfare-to-work programs.
  • To provide a safe and nurturing environment for children.
  • To provide and enhance appropriate parenting practices.
  • To provide information and referrals for parents and prospective parents.
  • To provide applied teaching experiences in a classroom setting for related disciplines on the Los Angeles Community College District campuses.
  • To provide educational opportunities for the future child development workforce in appropriate practices based on current research.
  • To provide a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate early childhood (birth-age 5) educational programs designed to foster optimum growth and development of the total child.