The Child and Family Center, located in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at CSULB, is an educational program which provides training of early childhood professionals in Child Development and Family Studies. The Center also provides quality childcare services primarily for CSULB employees and their families, and families from the surrounding community, as enrollment permits. Promotion of educational resources to campus parents is an important component of the Center’s mission. The Center is tied to the mission statements of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences; the College of Health and Human Services; and California State University, Long Beach.
The Child and Family Center is a nationally accredited program for children ages 18 months-5 years. The Center is designed to model the philosophy of Developmentally Appropriate Practices from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Student teachers are observers and participants in the daily program, designed to meet the developmental needs of young children in the areas of physical/motor, cognitive, language, and affective development.
The Center’s educational environment enhances the developmental skills that are both age and individually appropriate for each child. A healthy and safe environment is the top priority of faculty, staff, and student teachers. The professional staff designs the program to be rich in interactive materials for the children in the program and includes a balance of child-initiated and teacher-initiated activities.