L.A. Valley College Child Development Center

Location: 5800 Fulton Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91401
Phone: 818-947-2931
Email: teplinte@lavc.edu
Website: www.lavc.edu
Program Director: Terry Teplin

Ages served: 2.5 through 12 years
Enrollment capacity: 165 preschool and 60 school-age children
Hours of operation: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for preschool; 2:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. for school-age
Type: Private, Non-profit, Urban


Philosophy Statement

The Los Angeles Valley College Campus Child Development Center recognizes the parent as the child’s principal teacher from the beginning of life. The child arrives at the Center as an eager learner. Emergent Curriculum methodology produces the experience.

Comprehensive learning evolves from the interaction of classroom participants: child and teacher. Exploring ideas and concepts, which are socially relevant, intellectually engaging, and personally meaningful to the child, creates the framework on which Emergent Curriculum builds. Emergent Curriculum permits child and teacher to take initiative, to make decisions.  Choices for the child reflect social, intellectual, and personal values while choices for the teacher address planning which is open-ended and responsive to the child. Emergent Curriculum directs decision and decides direction.  It sometimes means that curriculum is negotiated between what interests the child and what the teacher knows supports growth and development.

In the play environment, children are able to sequence their own learning and move at their own pace.

Play environments are more likely than work environments to permit utilization of materials other than paper and pencils. Children in the play environment are afforded access to the concrete world and its diversity as well as provided with developmentally appropriate preschool and school-age curriculum.

The child is a model and a co-player. Teachers are the stage directors; curriculum is a teacher responsibility. Teachers organize, set the stage, time the acts, and keep the drama together. Teacher ideas and vision guide their exploration.  Children provide source curriculum reflecting the complex nature of their lives.

Emergent Curriculum recognizes a need for, and requires, a safe and nurturing environment, multi-cultural awareness, and gender equality to promote self-sufficiency, self-image and self-esteem. It further demonstrates applied teaching experiences, in a classroom setting, for related disciplines, and exhibits appropriate practices based on current research for the future early childhood education workforce.

Exploring ideas and concepts, which are socially relevant, intellectually engaging, and personally meaningful to the child, creates the framework on which Emergent Curriculum builds.


Special Center | Site Features

  • Licensed Childcare Facility
  • State of the Art, LEED Certified Nature Based School
  • Natural Landscape
  • Fully functional children kitchens in each classroom
  • Edible Gardens
  • Providing Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
  • Lab School
  • Demonstration Site for the Outdoor Classroom Project.
  • Farms to Preschool Model Site.

Additional Info

Los Angeles Valley College Child Development Center is a licensed childcare facility providing developmentally appropriate programs for the children of students, staff, faculty, and the community. Our mission is to provide access to high education for low income parents.

Los Angeles Valley College Child Development Center serves as a model site for Child Development Centers within the Los Angeles Community College District. The Center is a state-of-the-art, LEED certified, nature-based school, featuring natural landscape, edible gardens and fully functional children’s kitchens in each classroom. The children’s classroom kitchen is equipped with a fully functional home-style kitchen offering children with hands-on-experience in preparing, cooking, eating and learning the nutritional value of food.

Los Angeles Valley College Child Development Center remains on the cutting edge of new and innovative approaches to children’ s learning as evidenced by its inclusion of cooking centers, a lending library, parent workshops, and the outdoor learning environment. Children have the opportunity to be active learners who can

experience the world through their senses, physical involvement, and active play, and from behaviors modeled by adults and peers. The outdoor environment is of high quality; we have cultivated the concept and practice that all children need and benefit from more time outdoors. The outdoor space is considered an extension of the classroom. There are designated learning centers set-up in the outdoor environment as well as the indoor environment. The outdoor environment is a high priority in our curriculum. Children and teachers have the opportunity to connect to nature through hands on learning. The outdoor curriculum constitutes an emerging approach in early education that integrates indoor and outdoor learning in a unified environment that optimizes children’s learning experiences.

Los Angeles Valley College Child Development Center serves as a lab school for students at the College. We also welcome visitors from the community to come and observe our unique implementation of the Outdoor Classroom in action. The Outdoor Classroom Project’s long term outcome is to increase the quantity and quality of outdoor experiences.

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