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Bakersfield College

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Child Development Center

The Child Development Center at Bakersfield College (CDC) offers a student service with the primary goal of providing a comprehensive child development program that serves student families and their children.

Our role is to provide the time and support to assist student families in achieving their chosen academic/career goals.

The CDC demonstration laboratory classrooms offer a model of best practices in early childhood education while providing students learning opportunities through observation and on-floor interactions with young children and their families.

The centers are licensed through the California Department of Social Services. All teachers are professionally trained in the field of early childhood education, and are certificated through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Placement in the program is made according to state priorities and date of application. The program is designed for income eligible families who are enrolled in college courses leading to a specific career/professional goal.


Bakersfield College Child Development Center

Preschool: License #153801812

  • 1801 Panorama Dr.
  • Bakersfield, CA 93305
  • Leticia Cabrera Mendoza , Site Supervisor: (661) 395-4733
  • Marina Mancera, Site Supervisor: (661) 395-4801
  • Denise Ehret, Department Assistant III: (661) 395-4386 or dehret@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Open Monday through Friday, 7:30AM to 4:30PM.

Free Three Hour State Preschool - Now at Bakersfield College

Currently enrolling children 3-5 years of age

Hours of operation Monday through Friday 9:00AM to 12:00AM or 12:00PM to 4:00PM.

Contact 661-395-4386 for more information.

Desired Results Developmental Profile

Understanding how children learn and documenting what children learn is an essential part of our program. All Center families are invited to be partners with us in this process!

The Child Development Center maintains compliance with the California State Department of Education (Title 5), Child Development Division (CDD). As required by CDD, the teaching staff assesses each child's overall growth and development using the DRDP. The DRDP is an observation tool for teachers to record individual progress toward the achievement of the following:

  • Children are personally and socially competent
  • Children are effective learners
  • Children show physical and motor competence
  • Children are safe and healthy

The DRDP lists behaviors that, when fully mastered, would indicate the achievement of these desired results for children. The assessment of children drives the curriculum which, in turn, supports the learning and acquisition of skills. Teachers share a summary of each child's development during the bi-annual parent/teacher conference.

Goals, Objectives, Philosophy

Welcome to our child development center community. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to be a part of your child’s development. We look forward to building a partnership that will support your child’s experiences at the center. Because the family has the most influence on your child’s learning potential it is important for parents and center staff to acknowledge their joint responsibility for the education of your child, and work together cooperatively. We encourage you to share your ideas and suggestions. Please feel free to ask questions.


Our program will provide an atmosphere where individuals are respected and recognized for their uniqueness. We will offer encouragement and support to foster each person's self esteem, autonomy, competence and success.


To accomplish this vision, our mission is to provide . . .

. . . children

  • a safe, healthy, developmentally appropriate learning environment
  • recognition of their unique talents and contributions
  • respect for their ability to think, learn and solve problems
  • guidance to help them successfully interact with others as they seek to discover answers

. . . parents

  • support and recognition of the interconnectedness of child and family
  • encouragement and understanding of the challenges parents encounter
  • recognition and respect of the family culture(s) and values
  • provisions for frequent communication with staff

. . . staff

  • opportunities for professional growth in child development and in facilitating learning
  • information, resources and support which assist their efforts to promote program quality
  • encouragement to act as advocates for children and the child development profession
  • provisions for frequent communication with families

. . . college students

  • an exemplary child development model based on current child development research
  • a climate of mutual respect and trust where we encourage open communication
  • an atmosphere which views successes and failures as opportunities for learning
  • information regarding advocating for children and the child development profession

Our Philosphy

We believe . . . .

  • Each person is a unique individual, full of discovery and knowledge
  • A positive self-image is essential to the full development of each individual
  • A child develops trust by the constant, caring response to his needs by the adults in his environment beginning with the primary caregiver in infancy
  • Children need opportunities for expression through art, music, and language
  • Children need an environment that they can explore and discover on their own with adult support
  • Children with special needs are more similar to their peers than different from them, and all children benefit from learning together
  • A safe, warm, supportive environment where children’s emotional, social, physical, and intellectual development are enriched is vital
  • Diversity is to be honored and celebrated
  • Positive learning experiences in the early years set the stage for lifelong learning

Our Program Goals Are . . .

  • To adapt to the changing needs, interests, and abilities of each child in our care
  • To provide a safe, consistent, inclusive environment for children and their families
  • To create an atmosphere of honesty and trust by openly communicating with one another
  • To provide college students with a model program where they can apply their knowledge about children, families and their development
  • To provide quality child care services to support KCCD college students in reaching their educational goals
  • To achieve the California State Department of Education Desired Results for Children and Families, which are:
    • Children are personally and socially competent
    • Children are effective learners
    • Children show physical and motor competence
    • Children are safe and healthy
    • Families support their children’s learning and development
    • Families achieve their goals