Child Development Center

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Child Development Center
10440 Black Mountain Rd. F-200 San Diego CA 92126
Mon - Thu: 7:45am - 4:00pm
Fri: 7:45am - 1:00pm

About the Center 

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Mission Statement

The Miramar College Child Development Center is committed to meeting the individual needs of children, their families and college students, preparing them to become contributing members in a diverse society. 

Program Philosophy

The CDC's program is planned and implemented to nurture the whole child--social, emotional, linguistic, and creative skills as well as cognitive and physical development. This is accomplished through observation and responsiveness to each child's interests and developmental levels. Our integrative curriculum is designed to utilize children's play and interests to support learning across developmental domains. 

We support children in taking control of their own learning whenever possible, and we encourage them to determine how and where they learn--in one of our indoor activity centers or in our outdoor classroom. 


Our toddler program serves children ages 18- 35 months. 


Our preschool program serves children ages 3-5 years.

Family Engagement

A bridge between school and home is critical for a child's learning, growth and development. Families are encouraged to engage actively in the life of the center. Opportunities to participate in special events, parent conferences, the child's classroom and the Parent Advisory Board are offered throughout the school year. 

College Laboratory Program

The Child Development Center is a laboratory preschool that provides environments for college students to observe, interact and implement the ideas and theories that are presented as part of the college program. 

The Child Development Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), licensed by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing, Title 22 (Facility #372005156) and meets the guidance of the California Department of Education, Title 5. The Center staff meets the education qualifications for Child Development Permits, issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentials.


First priority is for families who children are receiving child protective services or families who children are at risk of being neglected, abused, or exploited.  Second priority is for all children and families who are not within the first propriety for admission shall be admitted according to gross family income and family size.  Verification of family size will be by birth certificate of all children under 18 or current income tax return.  Verification of current income will be monies received on a reoccurring basis such as gross wages or salary, disability, unemployment or workers compensation, pensions/annuities, child/spousal support or public assistance. 

Children must be between the ages of 18 months and five years old, have a physical exam within 30 days of enrollment and a current immunization record.


Fees are assessed based upon family’s adjusted gross monthly income, family size, and contract for service provided.  Length of day for infant/toddler and preschool programs in defined as part time, less than 6 .5 hours and full time, 6.5 hours or more.  (Family Fee Schedule, California Department of Education, Child Development Division).  Fees are based on the child’s enrollment in the program, not their actual attendance.  There are NO refunds for absences, drops, or changes in class and work schedules.  Fees are payable in advance on a monthly basis, and are due the first of each month

Further details regarding admission regulations, enrollment procedures and program policies can be found in the  Family Handbook for Child Development Centers in the Important Documents tab or on our SDCCD website