Child Development Center
American River College operates child care programs for student-parents who are continuing their education, Los Rios Community College District staff, and the community at large. The Child Development Center provides education and care for young children and a laboratory for students preparing to become teachers in the field of early childhood education.
Children enjoy play spaces designed to engage their developing minds and bodies as well as a rich curriculum that nourishes their understanding of the world. As part of the American River College Center for Early Childhood Teacher Preparation, the Child Development Center supports students and staff with child care and development services. It also serves as a state-of-the-art student teaching laboratory for students from many academic disciplines as they prepare to work with families and young children.
The Infant and Toddler Program is based on the philosophy that children flourish in an atmosphere of responsive care giving and develop at their own rate. They are given a nurturing environment in which it is safe to explore and develop a positive self-image. Children are given opportunities to make choices, recognition of their individual growth patterns, and respect for individual needs and temperaments. The Infant and Toddler classrooms enroll children beginning at 6 months of age.
This program is based on the philosophy that children can learn the skills necessary for success. Children learn at their own rate and go through certain developmental stages of growth to develop a positive self-image. We recognize each stage of development and fashion a curriculum that will nurture and facilitate growth. Children have opportunities for choices as they explore quality environments both inside and outside. Preschool classrooms are multi-age for children ages 2.9 until entry into kindergarten.
Our centers are not only here to serve children, but also to serve families. Our success in working with families depends on hearing from them. We value your thoughts and ideas. Every family comes to us from different circumstances and with different points of view. We respect the family and child relationship, support its growth, understand it as a process, and trust its outcome.Caregivers are welcomed and valued. We are partners in learning to work together. When caregivers and staff communicate, children's needs are met more effectively. When caregivers participate, it enhances children's’ learning. This is a family center, and our doors are always open. By being supportive and nurturing of each other, we create a caring community for all who walk through our doors.
The Child Development Center offers opportunities for students in early childhood education, nursing, child development, nutrition, American Sign Language, and psychology to work with young children while pursuing their educational goals. These students provide an exceptional adult-child ratio and many marvelous experiences for the children.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, or from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation.
The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
- Or fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442;
- Or email: Program.Intake@usda.gov
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Enrollment in the Child Development Center
Submission of an application does not guarantee enrollment. In order to be placed on the waitlist, a complete application packet is required.
Child Development Center: Information for Current Families
Information for families currently enrolled in the Child Development Center.
Dean: Dr. Nicole Porter
Supervisor: Cheryl Watt
Assistant: Jennifer Guerra
Phone: (916) 484-8651
Fax: (916) 484-8639
Summer 2023:Monday through Thursday8:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Child Development Center is located on the east side of campus.