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About the Center

The Center for Children and Families (CCF) opened its doors in 2007.  As the on-campus childcare center at CSUSM, it provides convenient, quality childcare to the students, faculty, and staff of CSUSM, as well as families in the larger community. 

CCF provides childcare and preschool education to children from six weeks to five years old with low teacher-student ratios.  The Center's research-based curriculum, Guided Discovery, is focused on play, which means that children learn through stimulating and age-appropriate games and activities. 

The state-of-the art facility boasts 12 spacious classrooms, three age-specific playgrounds, a full-service kitchen, a kid's kitchen, a children's garden, Internet-accessible cameras, and a private nursing room for new moms.  CCF proudly holds accreditation through National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  The program is managed by Kindercare Learning Center, formerly CCLC. For more information on the programs offered please visit the Kindercare website for the Center for Children and Families

CCF also acts as a resource to various programs on campus, including Psychology, Nursing, and Education, providing CSUSM students with one-way observation areas and cameras for distance observation and teaching. 

For more information about the facility or to schedule a tour, please contact the CCF staff at (760) 750-8750.  For more information about classroom observations, please contact Dr. Kim Pulvers, University Liaison for the Center.