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.


Our goal is for each of our classrooms to create a place for children to enjoy learning. They actively explore the materials around them, engage in activities appropriate to their skill level and expand their natural curiosity. The program works ongoing to achieve a minimum average score of “Good” on each subscale of the Environmental Rating Scale tool.
In addition, our environments are set-up using our adopted curriculum. The Foundations and Framework guide learning and is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills.

We Believe:

Children construct understanding through active interactions with
caregivers, peers, materials and events.
Learning is sequential, building on prior understanding and experiences.
Learning proceeds at different rates in each content area/domain;
children will show a range of skills and understandings in any one area of development.
Learning in each area is interconnected. Young children learn best
through integrated, meaningful experiences.
Learning is embedded in a culture. Children learn best when their
learning activities are rooted in a familiar cultural context.
Learning begins in the family, continues in early care and education settings, and depends on parent involvement and care giver guidance.
All children have the potential to achieve learning outcomes with the appropriate supports and instruction.
Each family brings a history of life experience and cultural heritage that is respected and valued within our Centers. Partnerships between families and the Center are essential to the growth and development of each individual child. Our efforts are continually directed towards identifying and improving upon the approaches and methods, which will most, contribute to the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of each child.

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 the California Department of Education Early Learning and Care Division and California Department of Social Services Child Care and Development Division

Non-Discriminatory Statement:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

For more information call our office or to be placed on our waiting list, fill out the Waitlist/Application Form and email it to: CDC@yccd.eduonly

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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