Yuba College Child Development Program

Purpose Statement:

The main objective of the Child Development Program / Lab School is to serve families of children on our college campus and in our community by providing an exemplary, developmentally appropriate early childhood program for children, families, college students and faculty through modeling best practices in the field of early childhood education.


The Yuba College Child Development Program is dedicated to providing a high quality learning program for children, parents, students, and faculty. This includes the needs of the “whole child” (the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and creative self). The center values each individual as both a learner and as a teacher.

The Yuba College Child Development Lab School follows the California State Foundations & Framework when planning activities/lesson plans for young children.

Infant / Toddler Philosophy:

Daily routines are at the heart of infant / toddler care giving. They provide important opportunities for one-on-one interaction between the caregiver and the child during which both learning and the deepening of emotional bonds can take place. Program staff works diligently to maintain continuity of care for infants/toddlers in order to align with best practices set forth with Partners of Infant/Toddler Care (PITC). Our basic premise is that of early social-emotional growth and socialization and their application to the group care context. An emphasis is placed on the development of a nurturing relationship between the infant and caregiver. We address the importance of responsive caregiving, the individualization of care through an understanding of infant temperament, the critical role of family and culture in early identity development, and the stages of emotional development. We believe in the positive impact of responsive caregiving routines, well-designed learning environments, and individualized care has on the well-being and development of children from birth to three. Attention is also given to how the policies of primary care, small groups, continuity of care, individualization of care, culturally responsive care, and inclusive care of children with special needs provide the foundation for high quality infant/toddler care. We present the four P.I.T.C. domains of the infant’s curriculum: physical development, social relationships, language development, and intellectual development. We have embraced PITC’s view of infants as active, self-motivated learners. The perspective can be summed up in the following way: “All children are born wired for feelings and ready to learn” when provided nurturing relationships and a peaceful but engaging environment. We present the five keys that help infant/toddler care programs implement culturally responsive care and five keys infant care teachers can use to support their efforts to become more aware of their own and others’ cultural perspectives as well as to work through cultural conflicts and misunderstandings.

The Yuba College Child Development program has been open since 1994 and is funded by California Department of Education.

Non-Discriminatory Statement:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at https://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or by fax (202) 690-7442 or by email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

For more information call our office or to be placed on our waiting list, fill out the Waitlist/Application Form and drop it by our office located at:

Yuba College Child Development Center
2088 N Beale Rd., Building 1600 #E (located behind the campus police department)
Marysville, CA 95901

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