General Information

Child Development Lab
  • The Associated Students Children's Center & Child Development Lab (located at the north end of the campus) provides child care for student, staff and faculty families within the University community. Students are given first priority. Community families are also welcome when space is available.
  • The Center is licensed by the State Department of Social Services.
  • Infant and toddler classrooms care for children ages 8 weeks to 3 years in small, intimate groups. Preschoolers are in one of two open structure classrooms. The relationships within the classroom community both with peers and teachers are valued.
  • Interested parents are advised to put their child's name on the Center's waiting list and ask about our subsidized fee program for low-income families.


General Information

The Associated Students Child Development Lab

  • Provides safe, quality child care and development services in an environment that meets the needs of children emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually. Through our planned environment, anti-biased curriculum and trained staff we provide children with a variety of experiences and activities designed to stimulate curiosity, encourage exploration, and foster creativity. Fostering a positive self-image in each child is of major importance.

Young Children Learn Naturally While They Play

  • Through their play they discover themselves, their peers, and the world around them. Children learn by doing. Our environment offers the children to explore and the opportunity to choose from many daily activities.

These Activities Are Planned By Staff To Include Time For

  • Socialization, language development, creative art and play, large and small muscle activities, exploring the senses, music, discovering the world in which we live, cognitive activities, health and nutrition awareness. An anti-bias focus is woven throughout our curriculum.

These Children Centers Serve Children Between The Ages Of 8 Weeks And 5 Years

  • Our program serves primarily CSU, Chico student parents. The children of staff and faculty are served on a space available basis. The Center is licensed for 16 infants (zero-two) and 55 two to five year-olds.

Parent Participation

  • Is a vital component in the functioning of our program. Parents are encouraged to schedule a regular time each week to spend at the Center or to sign up for an alternative participation project of their choice. Each semester parents are elected at a parent meeting to serve on the Center's Board of Directors, Parent Advisory Board, and Fundraising committees. A parent class is also offered at the University covering current topics of interest to parents.

The AS Child Development Lab Operates On A Non-Discriminatory Basis

  • According equal treatment and access to services without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origination, ancestry or ability.

The Associated Students Child Development Lab Is Staffed

  • By ten full-time employees: A director, a resource teacher, four head teachers and four teachers. All teachers have earned a California Children's Center Permit which requires education and experience in Early Childhood Education. The Center also employs a secretary and a cook. Each semester approximately thirty-five students working part-time as teachers' assistants at the Center while completing their studies at CSU, Chico. Participating parents and volunteers from Psychology, Education and Child Development compliment our paid staff. At all times an adult-child ratio of 1:3 is maintained in the infant room; 1:4 in the toddler room and a ratio of 1:8 is maintained in the Preschool rooms.

Funding For The AS Child Development Lab

  • Is provided by the Associated Students Activity Fee, contracts with the California Department of education, fundraising, parent fees, and a University contribution. In addition the infant classroom is supported by a grant funded through the Department of the US Department of Education. Our food program is funded by the California Department of Education and the Department of Adult/Child food and Nutrition, providing breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack each day.

The Center Is Open

  • Each weekday between 7:45am and 5:30pm during the academic year, excluding summer and intersession. Children are enrolled according to the parent's school, study and work schedules. FEES are based on a sliding scale according to income.