Child Development Complex

Child Development Complex

Welcome to the Mt San Antonio College Child Development Complex, which also serves as the (Learning/Teaching) Laboratory School for the Child Development Department. We provide high quality full and part day early childhood education services to the children of students, staff/faculty and community families. 

Our  National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)  accredited program serves children aged three months through five years and incorporates best practices and a developmentally appropriate curriculum for all children. 

After-school care for kindergarteners is available as well. 

As the Child Development Laboratory we welcome college students from multiple disciplines to observe and learn from and about children.

Infant/Toddler Program

The infant/toddler program serves children from birth to 3 years of age and consists of the following components:

Small Group Size

Small groups support high quality, quality interaction between caregiver and child. In small groups, children are more cooperative, more likely to engage in spontaneous verbalization, and more responsive to their peers. The infant/toddler program is staffed as follows:

  • Infants - 1 caregiver: 3 children
  • Young Toddlers - 1 caregiver: 4 children
  • Older Toddlers - 1 caregiver: 5 children

Primary Caregivers

Upon enrollment in the program, infants and toddlers are assigned to a primary caregiver who is responsible for the daily care of a small group of children. When infants and toddlers develop secure attachments, they are more likely to explore their environment. It is through this primary caregiving process that children develop a sense of trust, security, and comfort.

Continuity of Care

Infants and toddlers remain with the same caregiver from birth through 3 years old. This allows children, caregivers, and families to develop and maintain trusting relationships over time.

Preschool Program

The preschool program provides an adult-child ratio of one adult for every eight children in an environment that fosters creativity, discovery, and self-expression. Teachers model respectful social behavior and provide complex activities and materials for children to explore at their level of abilities and learning styles. The teaching staff maintains ongoing anecdotal records and assessments of children’s progress which are regularly shared with parents.

Enrollment Eligibility

Enrollment eligibility is established each semester. Student parents enrolled in six or more units receive priority. College staff and faculty as well as the community may enroll their children as space permits.

Fees and Funding

Fees are charged by the hour and are dependent upon the age of the child. Several types of financial assistance are available to student parents who qualify and will be determined upon application.

Children not qualified or accepted for any Center funded program may be enrolled in the Fee-based program. (If you qualify you may be eligible for funding from off-campus sources. The office can provide you with a list of resources and phone numbers).

For more information on fees and funding, please contact the Mt. SAC Child Development Center at (909) 274-4920.

Food Program

A federally funded food program provides breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner, meeting the nutritional needs of the children. Meals are free of charge to all enrolled children.


Formal application must be made in person at the Child Development Center, Bldg. 70, located next to Parking Lot H. Final acceptance into the program will be determined when all of the following have been completed:

  1. All paperwork completed and signed by the parent
  2. The Physician’s report signed (stamped signature not accepted) and dated by the child’s physician and the Immunization Record is currently up-to-date
  3. The Registration and Insurance fee, PLUS 4 weeks advance tuition paid IN CASH (or money order) for children enrolled in the Fee program.

Center Hours

The Mt. SAC Child Development Center is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays. All College holidays and semester breaks are observed.

Parent Participation and Education

The Center offers parent participation and education opportunities throughout the year. Parents are encouraged to engage in these activities as they strengthen and enhance the parent-teacher-child partnership, which promotes school readiness and success.

Laboratory School

The Child Development Center is a laboratory site for Mt. SAC students enrolled in a variety of disciplines, including Child Development and Nursing. Students observe and participate in the children’s classrooms to fulfill course requirements and gain practical experience in working with young children.

If you have any questions, call the Mt. SAC Child Development Center at (909) 274-4920.