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.

Infant and Toddler Program

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 12 months of age.

Preschool Program

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.

Hours of Operation

We are not a drop-off facility, and children must be enrolled to attend our program. Because we are unable to guarantee child care due to limited space, we recommend that you have alternative childcare plans.

Fall and Spring Semesters
Infant and Toddler Program and Preschool Program

Monday to Thursday
7:30 am to 4:30 pm

8:00 am to 2:30pm

Hours of care are based on family need, CDE regulations, and the availability of the classroom.

Summer Session
Infant and Toddler Program and Preschool Program

First 6-Week Session
Monday to Thursday

Partnership Philosophy

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. A Parent Advisory Committee is established each semester and meets regularly to discuss center policy, rules, and programs. Positions on the committee are filled by election at the first meeting of each semester.

ARC Student Opportunities

This program offers opportunities for students in early childhood education, nursing, child development, 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.


Dean: Diana Hicks
Supervisor: Cheryl Watt (Interim)
Assistant: Jennifer Lewin
Phone: (916) 484-8651
Fax: (916) 484-8639


Currently closed


The Child Development Center is located on the east side of campus.