The West Valley College Child Development Center Lab School (CDC) is a 50-year-old early childhood program dedicated to supporting the needs of children and families of West Valley College students, staff/faculty and the larger surrounding community.
The non-profit, on-campus CDC fosters an environment of respect and understanding that supports the development of the whole child. This is accomplished through low adult-child rations, highly educated teachers and a focus on diversity.
Additionally, this program is part of the Child Studies Department and the CDC serves as its lab school and is uniquely involved in the academic life of the college by serving as a research-based teacher training and observation site for students and parents.
The mission of the West Valley College Child Development Center is to provide an exemplary laboratory for teacher training. It will demonstrate best practices for optimum child development and learning, using a play-based, emerging curriculum and outdoor classroom model.