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.