Thank you for considering the Mt. San Antonio College Child Development Center and Laboratory School. The Child Development Center is a nationally accredited facility (NAEYC) where Mt. SAC students, staff, and members of the surrounding communities may apply for early care and educational services. The Child Development Center provides a high quality, evidence based, and developmentally appropriate program to enhance children’s educational, emotional, physical, and social development needs. Research shows that high-quality early education provides the foundation that truly prepares children for school success and a life-long love of learning.
The Center serves children between the ages of 3 months to 5 years old. Once enrolled in the program, we practice an Open Door Policy. We warmly welcome and invite parents to participate in their child’s classroom by volunteering or simply observing. It is our intention to work closely with every family and attempt to meet the educational needs of each child. Children attend a minimum of 20 hours per week, except those children in the infant program who are younger than 4 months of age who may require a more individualized schedule.
Classroom spaces are filled based on program enrollment priorities and vacancies. When space is not available, a waiting list is maintained on a semester-by-semester basis. As space becomes available, families on the waitlist are contacted. Families who wish to keep their children on the waitlist reapply each semester/term. Accepted families will be notified by phone and or email.
Once accepted, the registration, insurance fees, and 4 weeks advance tuition are due. Assistance in paying fees associated with enrollment is available. Visit the tuition assistance area for additional information.
- Hours of OperationHours of OperationThe Child Development Center operates throughout the year, Monday-Thursday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and Fridays 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. All campus-approved holidays are observed.Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed on Fridays during Summer session
- Tours (Coming Soon)Center Tours (Coming Soon)
For those who wish to tour the Center, feel free to schedule a time and date by visiting the link provided. A lead teacher or a member of the administrative team will conduct a small group tour. Tours are approximately 30-45 minutes.Virtual Tour (Coming Soon)
The Child Development Complex was the first Measure RR project. 33,000-sf Child Development Complex of four buildings that house child development classrooms, labs, observation spaces, and all of the required facilities for providing child care for up to 200 children (infants to 5 year olds). The Complex also includes faculty and administrative offices, meeting and conference rooms, staff and lab preparation areas, and children's meal preparation and serving spaces. Estimated cost: $18.5M
- Cost of Care
Part – Time Rate
Up to 87 hours
¾ Time Rate
Infants (3 -15 months)
Toddlers (12-35 months)
Pre-School (36 mos-5 years)
- Registration Fees
- All fees/tuition must be paid in advance/prior to the start of care.
- $45.00 per child registration and insurance fee NON-REFUNDABLE; or
- $110.00 per child discounted annual registration fee (covers Fall, Winter, and Spring); and
- 4 weeks tuition paid by check, cashier’s check, or money order.
- Tuition Assistance
The Mt. San Antonio College Child Development Center and Laboratory School offers a full range of assistance to help cover the costs of care.
Funding Sources for Tuition Assistance:State Preschool Program Funding
A state preschool program is available for eligible parents of 3 and 4 year-old children. Children receiving Child Protective Services/or at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation have 1st priority, next priority is given to 4 year-olds, and eligible children with exceptional needs will be selected before eligible peers. A minimum monthly fee may apply. If applicable, the fees are based on monthly income and family size.General Childcare Funding
This program is available for eligible parents for children 3 months to age 3. Children receiving Child Protective Services/or at risk of abuse, neglect have priority. A minimum monthly fee may apply. If applicable, the fees are based on monthly income and family size.Child Care Access Grant Funding
Parents who receive or are eligible for a Pell grant and are attending Mt. SAC as part of a recognized course of study may qualify for this program. Grant assistance requires the pursuit of a certificate, degree or transfer.Alternative Payments/CALWORKS
The Center accepts funding from outside sources (i.e.: CalWORKS).
- Classroom Ratios
Teacher to Child Ratio
The Infant ratio of qualified adult to child is 1:3, meaning 1 Teacher to every 3 Infants. The Young Toddler classroom ratio is 1:4 and the Older Toddler classroom is 1:5. The Child Development Center, as a CDE contractor, may also apply Title 5 ratios and exemptions where applicable.Preschool section
The preschool ratio of qualified adult to child ratio is 1:8, meaning 1 teacher to every 8 preschoolers. Activities outside of the Center i.e. field trips, require greater adult to child supervision. In an effort to maintain the same level of safety, we increase our adult-child ratios by adding teacher aides and parent volunteers.
If a child’s challenging behavior requires a 1 to 1 ratio with teachers or otherwise significantly disrupts the program/classroom, the Center reserves the right to contact the parent to intervene and/or assist staff.
- Enrollment Dates
The Child Development Center encourages all Mt. SAC students, college staff/faculty and community members who need care to apply. Classroom spaces are filled based on Program enrollment priorities and vacancies. When space is not available, a waiting list is maintained on a semester by semester basis. As space becomes available, families on the waitlist are contacted. Parents who wish to keep their children on the waitlist reapply each semester.
Registration dates align with the campus’s enrollment dates. Commonly, enrollment begins in the following months during the semester/term:
- Fall semester = July
- Winter semester = November
- Spring = January
- Summer = May