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Child Development Center

PlayhouseThe Child Development Center at Mount St. Mary’s College is a full-day child care program for children one-and-a-half years of age to four years of age. The Center offers full day child care for toddlers and preschool children. The Center is open from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

The Child Development Center is licensed by the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division. The Center complies with Title 22 Licensing Regulations and also follows the terms and conditions of Title V programs established by the California Department of Education. The licensed capacity is 74 children. The Center is generally full and uses the Los Angeles County Eligibility List (LACEL) to enroll families into the program.

State-Funded and Tuition Paying Programs

The California Department of Education provides funding for the Center. Families participating in the Center’s funded program meet the income requirements and parents are either working full time or participate in job training programs. Fees are charged on a sliding scale basis established by the California Department of Education. If families do not meet the criteria for the funded program, there are spaces reserved for tuition paying families in the non-funded program.

The Program for Children

The Child Development Center is located in a beautiful house built in 1902, with hardwood floors and a Tiffany skylight. It is a warm and home-like environment for young children. The outdoor area is a large enclosed grassy space with bike paths, sandboxes and a climbing structure. The toddlers have their own play yard, which has a fence around it that allows the toddlers to see and communicate with the preschool children.

The Center is a safe, comfortable learning environment for young children. Teachers follow developmentally appropriate practices as a guideline in working with children and are familiar with NAEYC’s code of ethical conduct. The philosophy of the Center is based on the belief that children learn through their play and that the teacher is the facilitator of their learning.

The Center offers a nutritionally balanced breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack each day, funded by the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

The Staff

The teaching staff are fully qualified early childhood professionals. Each of the four classrooms has a master teacher who has earned a BA degree in child development, has a current Child Development Teacher Permit, and experience working with young children. The director has an MA in child development and a current Child Development Program Director Permit.

The Foster Grandparent Program, administered by Pepperdine University, brings five elderly volunteers into the preschool classrooms each day. Students with special needs from our neighboring Lanterman High School also volunteer in preschool classrooms two mornings each week. The Center serves Mount St. Mary’s College as an observational site for college students.

The Child Development Center is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information, please call (213) 477-2977.