Frequently asked questions
When is the Children’s Center open, and how many hours of child care can I expect?
The AS Children’s Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, and is able to provide full-day and part-time child care. We recommend a minimum attendance of three hours per day and two days per week.
I’m on a pretty tight budget. How much can I expect to pay?
Fees are on a sliding scale for students and depend on total family income. Forty percent of our spaces are subsidized by the California Department of Education for income-eligible families. It’s best to meet with the Children’s Center director or assistant director for a better idea of cost as it applies to your situation, or visit the Fees section for a general idea.
Does the Children’s Center have any particular philosophy of child development, and will the center meet the particular needs of my child?
The answer to both of these questions is yes. A total individualized child development curriculum is provided. Our philosophy is to provide an environment that offers meaningful choices for children, allowing them to learn how to make their own decisions. Our commitment is to the child’s positive self-image, and we believe that the interaction between teacher and child is one of the most important ingredients in early childhood education.
What is the teacher-child ratio?
For infants and toddlers, the ratio is 1 teacher to 3 children. For children ages 2 to 3, the ratio is 1 teacher per 4 children. For older children, the ratio is 1 teacher to 8 children.
What is the staff of the Children’s Center like?
The professional staff consists of a director and an assistant director as well as a master teacher and a teacher for each age group. All are certificated by the California Department of Education and have degrees in child development or related areas. In addition, teaching teams consisting of teachers, student assistants, academic interns and parent volunteers work to assist the master teachers in carrying out curriculum. Support services are provided by food services and clerical staff.
Do you provide meals and snacks for the children?
Yes. We provide a nutritious light breakfast, hot lunch and afternoon snacks at no additional cost.
Are there any programs or services for student parents?
Yes. A parent group produces a newsletter, organizes programs on various child development topics and provides cooperative services. The extent of your involvement depends on your priorities, although parents are requested to volunteer a minimum of one hour per week throughout the semester in the classroom or in some other capacity.