Mendocino College Child Development Center has been serving
the college community since 1978. It is a pre-school and
child development center for 18 month to 5 year old children
and is designed to serve three goals:
Development students observe and work with children in the
College offers a quality child care and education program for
young children, eighteen months through age five, Children of
students, staff, faculty and the community participate in a program
of developmentally appropriate activities, facilitated by a caring,
professional teaching staff.
- The Mendocino
College Child Development Center is licensed for 57 children
from 18 months through 5 years.
- The Center
adheres to the college calendar. In addition, the Center offers
an "inter-session" between semesters to conform with
the Ukiah Unified School District calendar. The Center is open
from 7:45 am until 4:30 pm for the Toddler group and 7:45 am
until 5:15 pm for the Tweener and Preschool groups.
- The teaching
team in each classroom consists of a Child Development Specialist
who is highly trained and experienced in the field of early
childhood education, an Associate Teacher, and one or more Assistant
- The Center
also serves as an integral part of the training program in child
development, providing child development students with a "hands
on" opportunity to practice skills and techniques learned
in the classroom. Student parents with children at in the Center
enroll in a parent participation class and participate two hours
a week in their childs classroom.
parents, staff, faculty, and community families may enroll their
children in the Child Development Center. Student parents must
be enrolled in an academic or vocational program leading to
a certificate or degree.
- Low income
families are encouraged to apply for subsidized child care.
Families who do not qualify for a subsidy may enroll their child(ren)
as private pay and pay a daily fee for child care.
We wish to
offer the best possible experience for your family.
- The philosophy
of the Mendocino College Child Development Center has its basis
in a humanistic view of the child as an independent and individual
- The aim
of the program is to respond to the needs of each child as he/she
develops awareness of the world and readiness for learning.
- Each group
provides developmentally appropriate materials and activities
for children in the areas of social/emotional, intellectual
and aesthetic growth and psychomotor development, while fostering
a positive self-concept.
planned activities, children are challenged to explore ideas,
solve problems, and develop and expand skills, language and
concepts. Their sense of competence and self-worth is encouraged
by empathetic, caring teaching teams.
- The emphasis
is on active, hands-on learning with pre-math activities such
as shape identification, sorting games and one-to-one correspondence,
and pre-reading activities such as alphabet bingo, dictation
is consistent with research based on longitudinal observation
of young children, which indicates that children learn best through
their senses, needing many opportunities to initiate learning
on their own, and needing periods of choice that alternate with
periods of guidance.
of these developmentally appropriate "academics", a
strong foundation is built for the kindergarten experience that
will follow the years at the Child Development Center.
The teaching staff carefully plan the curriculum at the Center.
Broad objectives for each month, as well as retrospective documentation
of daily activities are posted in each room and throughout the
Center. We believe that curriculum should be carefully planned,
and that good teaching also involves being ready and able to catch
the "teachable moment" by following the interests of
an individual child or group into activities that may not have
The Center provides activities that offer a variety of choices
designed to encourage physical skills, cognitive learning, problem
solving and independence. Active physical play, conceptual learning,
art, music, science, literature and dramatic play are part of
the daily program. Materials and encouragement are available for
children who are developmentally ready and who are interested
in more formal academic learning.
An important component of all curriculum planning is the embracing
of the entire human family. The books we read, the songs we sing,
and many of our cooking projects follow this theme. We thoroughly
enjoy Halloween (with trick-or treating visits to campus offices);
we touch on our heritage at Thanksgiving; we celebrate winter
and our appreciation of loved ones in December; and we construct
and mail valentines in February. While we do follow the events
of the year in our planning, especially in our science projects,
we do not have a holiday-directed approach.
Curriculum varies according to age. As children mature, they engage
in increasingly intricate and challenging activities. Curriculum
also varies from year to year because no one group of children
is like another. This flexibility allows out teachers the opportunity
to assess the nature of their group and design their plans accordingly.
enrolled children are automatically members of the Parent Club.
The Parent Club serves as the Advisory Board of the Center.
are held throughout the school year with parenting information,
planned Center activities, fundraising, and special events as
topics for discussion.
- The Mendocino
College Child Development Center is operated on a non-discriminatory
basis without regard to race, creed, religion or national origin.
with physical or learning handicaps will be accepted when judged
to be in the best interest of the child and within the capabilities
of the Center.
- The Mendocino
College Child Development Center does not engage in religious
instruction or worship.
- The Mendocino
College Child Development Center offers care to student, staff,
faculty and community families with children who are at least
18 months old through 5 years of age.
for subsidized child care is determined by family income, with
priority given to children of students attending Mendocino College.
College 1000 Hensley Creek Road
Ukiah, CA 95482