About The Children’s Center

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The Children’s Center is designed to create an atmosphere where children can grow emotionally, intellectually, socially, and physically.Our children are regularly provided with opportunities for early literacy, math, and science through various types of books, songs and activities. Each classroom provides a language rich environment, and each is filled with things to write with, listen to, talk about and read.

About Our Programs

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The Cal Poly Pomona Children’s Center offers the following programs:

  1. A full cost parent paid preschool for children ages two to five
  2. A state subsidized full day Early Education CCTR program for children age two to three. This subsidized program also covers after school care for kindergarten age children
  3. A state subsidized full and part day CSPP preschool program for three, four and five year old children, prior to kindergarten entry.
  4. A Kids University program for school age children is offered during the summer months only.

The priority for enrollment into the Cal Poly Pomona Children’s Center is:

  1. First priority is given to children of students who attend Cal Poly Pomona.
  2. Second priority is given to children of staff and faculty of Cal Poly Pomona.
  3. Third priority is given to children of local community members.
  4. Among each of these priorities families are prioritized based on the following; children at risk of abuse or neglect, foster children, family size and income-lowest income first, full cost last.

The Student/Staff Ratio:

18 months (toddler) 1:4
2.5-5 Years 1:8
School Age Children 1:10

The goal of our program is to get the children ready for school by providing the necessary skills in the areas of literacy, math, and science. Various opportunities are provided for self expression creativity, communication, exploration, and friendships. Every child is valued as an individual learner and provided with a diverse and responsive environment.


Cal Poly Pomona Children's Center

The Cal Poly Pomona Children’s Center was founded in 1974 by student-parents looking for a safe and educational environment for their children while they attend class. Many of the student-parents brought with them a rich diversity in culture, ethnicity, language, interests and abilities. The Children’s Center priority was and still to this day is to serve the campus community by providing a balanced developmental-based curriculum that enhances the social, emotional, linguistic, physical and intellectual growth of each child. Today, the Children’s Center provides a variety of services for the children of faculty, staff and community parents on a space-available basis.

Cal Poly Pomona University and the Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) help support the Children’s Center through an active partnership. ASI is a recognized auxiliary of Cal Poly Pomona University. Operating under the administration and support of Associated Students Incorporated, and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona); the Children’s Center was founded in 1974, by students as an on-campus, full-day, childcare program for children, ranging in ages from two through five.

The Cal Poly Pomona Children’s Center has since developed into a high quality early education preschool center for families with young children. We are committed to providing an affordable educational experience for student-parents, faculty, staff and the community. State funding provides free or low cost services for low-income families enrolled at the center.

We provide a safe and nurturing environment where student-parents can leave their children with confidence while they fulfill their educational goals and working parents can have peace of mind concerning their children’s wellbeing. Preschool and early care is provided for children age 18 months through five years, or entry into kindergarten. We also have a summer school-age program for children ages six through age ten.

The Children’s Center is licensed, and accommodates up to 90 children for 246 full-time days year-round. The Children’s Center is a contractor in good standing with the California State Department of Education, Child Development Division.The Center follows Title 22 and Title 5 Education Codes and NAEYC standards.