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"Children are our most valuable resource"
- Herbert Hoover


Child Development Center services are available on campus for the children of current Merced College students. The CDC is an infant/toddler/preschool educational program and serves as a laboratory to students majoring in Child Development. We are state licensed and serve children between the ages of 3 months to 5 years.

Hours of Operation

The CDC operates in conjunction with the Merced College Academic Calendar. The CDC does not operate a Summer Program

Days Hours
Monday-Thursday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 2:00 pm

Our Focus

Our curriculum is based on current early childhood educational theory.  We believe that children learn first about themselves and then the world around them.  Through self-exploration of their environments, teachers are able to guide children based on their individual interest, learning styles and cultures and encourage positive growth and development.  We focus on the individual need of every child, recognizing that each child is unique and learns at their own pace.  We provide a developmental program which:

  • Nurtures and facilitates growth
  • Fosters each child's sense of self
  • Fosters diversity amongst all
  • Encourages critical thinking
  • Fosters each child's positive self esteem