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Admissions and Eligibility

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 emerging minds and bodies as well as a rich curriculum that nourishes their understanding of the world around them. 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. CDC classroom The Child Development Center operates with the support of funding from the California Department of Education, the American River College Health and Education Division and the Los Rios Community College District.

Authorization for admission to the American River College Child Development Center is made once a complete application packet is received. Applications are available at the center office, located in the Child Development Center CDC 300, on the east side of campus behind the cafeteria. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and children are enrolled based on space availability.

Infant/Toddler Program


The Toddler Program is based on the philosophy that toddlers flourish in an atmosphere of responsive care giving, develop at their own rate and are furnished a nurturing environment in which it is safe to explore and develop a positive self-image. This is provided through a nurturing environment, opportunities for toddlers to make choices, recognizing individual growth patterns and respecting individual needs and temperaments. The Infant/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, learn at their own rate, go through certain developmental stages of growth and with success in learning, will develop a positive self-image. This is provided through recognizing each stage of development and fashioning a curriculum that will nurture and facilitate growth. Children have opportunities for choices as they move throughout quality environments both inside and outside. Preschool classrooms are multi-age classrooms for children ages 2.9 until entry into kindergarten.