Child Development Center at MiraCosta College

Location: 1 Barnard Drive, #8000 Oceanside, CA 92056
Phone: 760-795-6656
Email: lhaar@miracosta.edu
Website: www.miracosta.edu/instruction/childdevelopmentcenter
Program Director: Linda Haar

Ages served: 18 months through five years
Enrollment capacity: 126
Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. August through May, Limited extended care is available for enrolled students and faculty/staff.
Type: Licensed, public-college related, urban

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Philosophy Statement

At the Child Development Center at MiraCosta College, we are committed to the belief that every child has a right to be treated with respect and a right to live each day with joy and self-fulfillment. Our center operates on the belief that children are trustworthy and with encouragement will mature to their fullest potential. As teachers, we support each child’s growth socially, physically, creatively, and cognitively. We believe that children learn through self-discovery, hands-on exploration indoors and outdoors, and interaction with others; that these experiences will help them develop confidence in their own abilities; and that play is the primary medium for early learning. The environment is carefully planned to meet children’s developmental needs and to provide opportunities for successful learning.

We believe that children learn through self-discovery, hands-on exploration indoors and outdoors,
and interaction with others.

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Special Center | Site Features

  • Rooms 1 and 2 Indoor/Outdoor Flow: Ages 18 month to 2.11 years. Enhanced outdoor environment with book area, gross motor, dramatic play, art, sand and water, garden area, block area, etc.  Indoor/Outdoor Flow begins when it is age appropriate. At that time, generally in the spring semester, children have the opportunity to choose between the two classrooms and the outdoor classroom.
  • Room 3, age three years, has an indoor/outdoor flow. Both areas contain all interest centers and children can choose to be indoors, outdoors or flow between these areas during the morning program.
  • Rooms 4 and 5 Indoor/Outdoor Flow: Ages four to five years. The indoor classroom interest areas are divided between two classrooms and the Outdoor Classroom encompasses all interest areas. Children are welcome to flow between these three areas during the free choice time.
  • Our lab school setting has a unique teacher training program that combines college classes (theory) with hands-on participation in the classroom (practice). The outdoor classroom concept is embedded in the theories and concepts presented to the students as part of their hands on training.
  • When families enroll, they are informed about our outdoor classroom and the benefits of outdoor learning. Family surveys are conducted at the beginning and end of the year to evaluate the effectiveness of the outdoor classroom for both children and families.
  • Our curriculum is developed using the Project Approach. Children and teachers collaborate to investigate topics of interest, using small groups to meet, discuss ideas and review resources to gain a deeper understanding of the topic. Children create artifacts that reflect the learning they have gained from these learning experiences.  The final phase is the exhibit in which children share with others the culminating events and artifacts of their investigation.

Additional Info

The Child Development Center at MiraCosta College serves as a campus laboratory school, providing a model of best practices in early care and education for the college and local community. Child development students can be granted paid internship as an apprentice and have hands-on training at the Center. This training program is comprised of three components that includes written plans, individual coaching and formal trainings. All students have opportunities to observe the growth and development of young children, including those from diverse backgrounds and with special learning needs. Our Center operates on the belief that children are trustworthy and with encouragement will mature to their fullest potential. We support each child’s growth socially, physically, creatively, and cognitively. We believe that children learn through self-discovery, hands-on exploration indoors and outdoors, and interaction with others; that these experiences will help them develop confidence in their own abilities; and that play is the primary medium for early learning. The indoor and outdoor environments are carefully planned to meet children’s developmental needs and to provide opportunities for successful learning.

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