History

History of Success

For more than forty-five years, our agency has been preparing children for success in school and creating a foundation for life-long learning. Beginning with an initial organization in 1969, then adding Continuing Development Incorporated (CDI) in 1976 and Child Development Centers (CDC) in 1984, CDI/CDC was founded to provide learning materials and services to both state subsidized and private child care centers. This business quickly expanded to become the preschool and school age programs we operate today. They are managed by Child Development, Inc. In addition to providing infant/toddler and preschool programs, after school programs on elementary campuses expanded dynamically in the late 80s and early 90s. Over the last 40+ years, we have grown as State subsidies and family needs have increased for Early Care and Education services and now CDI/CDC operates 159 centers throughout the State of California, serving over 20,000 children, birth through twelve years of age. Our programs serve children and families who qualify for State subsidies through the California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division, as well as private fee paying families during the school year and for Summer Camp. We partner with thirty-four school districts to provide before and after school academic and educational enrichment, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten readiness programs for children and families. Our centers are licensed by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division, the agency charged with health and safety reviews of child care centers. Headquartered in San Jose, CA, CDI/CDC has regional offices in San Jose, Sacramento, Irvine and Oxnard, CA. In addition, Child Development Incorporated manages the Choices for Children division, (CFC), which includes the Resource and Referral Program providing family referrals in El Dorado and Alpine counties; and the Alternative Payment Programs for families in El Dorado, Alpine and Santa Clara Counties. CFC also operates the Child and Adult Care Food Program for Family Child Care Providers in seven counties. Regional offices are located in San Jose, Cameron Park, South Lake Tahoe and Markleeville. Our programs are individualized, unique and specific to the needs of our families and local communities. Our commitment to meeting individual community needs is of the highest importance and at the same time a large agency view affords us the stability, resources and scale needed to make great things happen. If you want to learn more, check out our Frequently Asked Questions or Contact Us.

Company Message

Welcome to Child Development Centers. We are really happy that you have chosen our program for your child. We see every day as a unique opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of each child in our care.  We hope that you take a moment to look at our philosophy, programs, featured teacher and testimonials to get a better sense of our knowledge, dedication, creativity and resources. It is our goal to be your partner in the care and nurturing, learning and recreational experience your child will experience at our centers. The trust that you place in us to care for your child is accepted both as an extreme honor and duty to do our very best for your family, each and every day.

Mission Statement

At Child Development Centers and Continuing Development Incorporated, it is our mission to enrich children’s lives through quality, accredited child development programs and a commitment to developmentally appropriate practice. Our programs put children at the center of an interconnected circle of families, teacher and the community.

Our commitment to developing every center with the uniqueness of its local community in mind has helped us maintain a spirit of creativity and innovation. Our large agency affords us the stability, resources and scale needed to develop high quality programs for children and great places to work.

Licensing/Accreditation

Licensing

All of our CDI/CDC center programs are licensed by the State of California Social Services Community Care Licensing (CCL) Agency. Operating a licensed child care center in the State of California requires compliance with Title 22 regulations. Additionally, due to our contracts with the State we also follow regulations listed in Title 5.   CCL Program Analysts visit our centers unannounced to conduct health and safety inspections to ensure compliance with Title 22 and Title 5 regulations.

As an agency, we provide center staff with in-depth instruction on all Licensing regulations in order to ensure the health and safety of children in our care. Additionally, we have centers that are accredited by the National Association of Education of Young Children (NAEYC) that go above and beyond state licensing regulations. NAEYC performance criteria for curriculum, teacher-child interactions, classroom environment, and health and safety are the highest standards in the country.

All of our centers are licensed by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division, the agency charged with health and safety reviews of child care centers.

NAEYC Accreditation

Enabling Innovative Solutions

In keeping with our company’s mission statement to provide quality, accredited child development centers, we are committed to providing children with the highest standard of care and strive to have every preschool and infant/toddler program nationally accredited. Statewide, we have many programs participating in this process and we continue to pursue accreditation at every eligible center.

NAEYC Accreditation Overview:

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation system began in 1985 with the goal of providing an accrediting system that would raise the level of early childhood programs in the age range of Infant/Toddlers through Kindergarten. Today, over 6,500 programs are NAEYC Accredited. These programs invest in early childhood education because they believe in the benefits to children and families.  Early childhood experiences—from birth to age 8—have an enormous impact on children’s lifelong learning and positively contribute to their health and development.  Early childhood education programs, with the mark of quality, benefit children with greater readiness for and success in school.

Process to Achieve Accreditation:

The process of NAEYC accreditation engages programs in a voluntary but stringent self study and an outside Assessor visit. There are several steps in the process which include:

  • A self study process to create a strong foundation of leadership in the center, including the team of teachers, administrators and families working together to provide children with the highest quality programming.
  • A candidacy period that begins once the self study results are submitted to NAEYC.
  • An Assessor from the Academy visits the program and substantiates the results of the center’s self study. There are 417 criteria which are randomly assessed during the visit. The criteria are divided into 10 Program Standards in which the program must demonstrate substantial compliance on a consistent basis. They include: Relationships, Curriculum, Teaching, Assessment of Children’s Progress, Health, Teachers, Families, Community Relationships, Physical Environment, and Leadership and Management.
  • Finally, after all these steps are completed, the Academy makes a decision based on the evidence collected. Once accredited, the program continues the process of self improvement with a new visit every 5 years.

For more information about NAEYC Accreditation follow this link: http://www.naeyc.org/academy/families/overview

Testimonials

“I want to thank you for giving my daughter, Symai, such a strong educational foundation. Your Pre-K program really got her off to a great start! She was the top student in her kindergarten – and now, first grade class. She loves to analyze and learn new things – and it all started at CDI. I now understand the importance of all of your projects and interactive games that she played daily. Your hard work, dedication, and love have given Symai a foundation that will stick with her for life. You and the whole CDI program have been a blessing to our family and we can’t thank you enough.”

Mary, Prince and Symai
Raymond Case CDC, Elk Grove, CA

“You all play such an important role in the lives of the kids at the center, and like school teachers, you leave a lasting impression not just on the kids, but on the families that you help day in and day out. I hope you know that even though we don’t say it regularly, we appreciate you and the great care with which you approach the jobs we entrust you to do. You all do it so well!

I appreciate every one of you — Brian, Denise, Erica and all the CDC staff who have touched our family so positively.”

Liz De Nichilo
Deerfield CDC, Irvine, CA

“I don’t have to worry; the teachers are well trained, responsible, respectful and fun. They are so patient. The kids have learned a lot and so have I. Not to take away from all the teachers, but Cindy’s leadership is what sets the tone. Words cannot express how much respect I have for this woman. She puts her whole heart into this program. She truly loves each and every kid as they are. She is kind, responsible, hardworking, smart and has a great sense of humor. She knows what is going on and she makes sure all teachers follow suit. She hires great people. Cumberland CDC is a very well run center. I do not have to put my children in daycare. I have other choices, but the experience is so great. I cannot miss this opportunity.”

Margaret Curry
Cumberland CDC, Sunnyvale, CA

“I wanted to take a moment and compliment TMA CDC. First and foremost, we love the staff and we have seen our son grow and mature after one year of being in the program. We like how they track our son’s progress. We are able to see in black and white where he is socially and academically. This program has definitely excelled our son’s knowledge of several items. We love his interaction with other kids and the friendships he has developed. The staff has done an amazing job of planning activities both outside and inside of the center. Thank you again for all that you do for Joey and us!”

Conti Family
Tustin Memorial CDC, Santa Ana, CA

“What I like about CDC is the diversity of every day and every week. Also I love that it is very focused on summer activities so kids can have a lot of fun, but there are education activities so they can learn. My son has learned about not only places, things and professional people from the different field trips, but also how to play with other kids, how to share games/toys and to help others. Personally, I believe that the people who work at CDC make this program amazing.”

Gemma Vincente
Collins CDC, Cupertino, CA

“What I like most about CDC is that it is not only a place for my daughter to be after school but a place where she continues to learn and interact with other kids instead of sitting at home watching TV by herself. During the summer I love that CDC is transformed into a summer camp atmosphere with weekly themes, activities and field trips for my daughter to continue learning and make memories. What I like most about the CDC at Evans Ranch is the staff and location. Ms. Erin, Ms. Crystal and Mr. Jeremiah and the rest of the staff have always been helpful, caring and treated me and my daughter very well. If I ever have any issues I know that I can communicate them to the staff and if needed it will be resolved. Whether in person, in my parent mailbox or email I am always kept informed. “

Jennifer Liesemeyer
Evans Ranch CDC, Menifee, CA

“We love our friends at CDC Irvine.  We no longer live there, so we’re sad not to have my son enrolled, but their kindness and care for my son will never be forgotten.

When my son, Paul, went there he felt like a superstar and they did a great job with building his self esteem.  They worked with them on his homework and kept him on track.  The kids have fun in a structured environment.  There was always great communication with them via email, phone, or text so I knew what was going on with Paul.

Our lives changed when two years ago, my husband very suddenly passed away.  They stepped in as I was trying to keep a normal life for Paul and packed his school lunches for him for two weeks. They went over and above their jobs and showed us kindness and compassion. They would say it was no big deal, but it really meant the world to us.

My son still asks to go there.  On summer or winter breaks, the activities are great so we still try to enroll him when we can. Mrs. Kristine still keeps in contact with us and checks in on us from time to time”.

Natalie Davis
Deerfield CDC, Irvine, CA

Philosophy

Our programs reflect our knowledge of child development and are based on the work of prominent developmental theorists like Piaget, Erikson, Vygotsky, Dewey, and Gardner. We support NAEYC and NAA guidelines for Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs and Accreditation Criteria. We believe that each child grows and develops in a sequential manner at his/her own pace and, with the support of peers and observant, caring adults; children are challenged to reach higher levels of competence. We believe that a child’s intelligence is demonstrated in many ways and that each child has a uniquely different learning style and temperament. Therefore, we support emergent curriculum based on the interests of children. We support each child’s need to act on his/her own ideas within an encouraging and accepting social context of children and adults.

We believe in a community of respect

We believe that it is not only our similarities but also our differences that help us build a community of respect within each child development center. We strive to be inclusive, respecting each other’s worth and uniqueness. We strive to understand each other within the context of family, culture and individuality. Our programs are based on interconnected relationships between and among families, children, staff and the community.

We believe children should discover, explore and express themselves

We believe children should have opportunities to discover, explore and to express their curiosity. We believe that children are inherently competent. By exploring materials and sharing experiences, children make discoveries that build knowledge, awareness and skills. We believe that children should have opportunities to share their ideas and feelings, to listen to others, to resolve conflicts and to develop compassion. Through their interactions with others, children develop trust and confidence.

We believe in the importance of family

We believe that family members are the most important people in children’s lives and our program and staffs work to support those relationships. We strive to work together with families as true partners for the benefit of each child. While we bring knowledge of how children develop and learn, the family brings intimate knowledge of their child. Together we create an environment in which children are the center. We value family connections to their extended community and understand that the strength of these relationships supports children.

We believe in teachers and staff

We believe that teachers and all center staff play a critical role in the development and implementation of an innovative child development program. We believe that a quality program is built on individual interactions between adults and children and the facilitation of collaborative explorations and projects in a richly equipped environment. We strive to create a supportive, trusting environment in which staff members are respected for their ideas, their work with children, and their own unique program contributions. We believe in the importance of providing and supporting professional growth opportunities for staff and including staff in decisions that directly affect them.