Employee Photo Contest

How does your CDC staff like to spend their time off? We asked employees to submit photos of what they are busy doing on the weekends. This helped showcase how active, fun and loving our staff is. We garden, volunteer, travel, exercise, bake, dance, cook, play in the snow, spend quality time with our families and seek adventure. The same kind of passion we bring to our jobs shows in our free time too. It was hard to narrow down winners from all the submissions, but here are a few favorites:

Winner : Cheyenne, Assistant Teacher- Hiking up to Hollywood sign

Runner’s Up: Elvie, Teacher-Gardening

Josh, Teacher- Announcing engagement

Thomas, Teacher- Feeding ostriches


Winter Camp Raffle Winners

Winter Camp Raffle Winner:

Our winners received baskets full of great winter fun. This included local gift cards, activities from our Programs Department and a cookbook provided from our Nutrition Department. Our activities included rainy day ideas for kids, directions to make bird feeders and materials and directions to make crystal snowflakes and materials. Congrats to all our winners! Mound CDC winners featured.

Lights on Afterschool Event at Montgomery CDC

In celebration of Lights on Afterschool, Montgomery CDC held an event with their families that included a Mexican themed dinner buffet and desserts along with activities such as painting pumpkins, bingo and live music. This event, sponsored by the center was a wonderful example of how our programs connect with our communities, families and the important impact they make on our children.

Learn more about Lights on Afterschool or Sign the Petition here: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/loaPetition2016.cfm

Center Photo Contest Winners

Our centers have been participating in a photo contest over the last couple of months. We think these photos capture some of the great things happening in our programs. Our children are captivated, curious, helpful, growing leaders. They have fun, learn, explore, create, climb, read, laugh and so much more. Our contest winners were Canyon View CDC and Nordstrom CDC. Our runner-up centers were Santa Teresa CDC, King City CDC, Stonegate CDC, Herk Bouris CDC, and Canyon View CDC. Congratulations to our winners!

We’re Growing! New Centers Opening this Year

CDICDC RCWe are excited to announce that this fall we will be opening 14 new centers! The centers will be opening in Rocklin, San Jose, Lathrop, and Oxnard.

In Rocklin, the Rocklin Unified School District and Rocklin Educational Excellence Foundation have chosen CDI/CDC to manage the Club Rocklin and Rocklin Preschool programs. We will have school age programs on all 11 Rocklin Unified School District elementary school campuses and preschool programs at Rock Creek, Ruhkala, and Sunset Ranch elementary schools. For more information about upcoming registration events and paperwork, visit our Club Rocklin Information Page.

We will also be opening a new full and part day preschool program at Alex Anderson Elementary School in San Jose. Information and registration events will be taking place July 16th and August 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Anderson Elementary School campus, 5800 Calpine Dr., San Jose. Go to our Anderson Information Page for registration information.

At STEAM Academy in Lathrop, we will be opening a new center with Infant/Toddler, Preschool, and Before and After School programs. We will be having orientation events July 13th at 6:00 p.m. and July 14th at 10:00 a.m. at STEAM Academy, 17901 Commercial Street, Lathrop. We will be answering questions about our programs and handing out/accepting registration documents. For registration information, visit our Lathrop Information Page.

Rio Real CDC will be opening their preschool program at Rio Real Elementary School in Oxnard this fall. Contact information can be found on the Rio Real Center Page.

We are delighted to be joining and expanding in these communities and look forward to furthering the development of even more children!

How Local Grants Help Restore Access to Preschool Programs


Picture: Video of Preschool

“Research shows that preschool is important. But research also shows that poor quality (preschool) is a detriment,” said Rachel Champagne, program director for Child Development, Inc., which provides preschool programs in Oxnard, Rio, Hueneme, Fillmore and Ventura districts.

On Wednesday morning, Champagne stood inside a preschool classroom at Oxnard’s Rio Del Norte School — one of the programs local officials say is a model.

Students sat in small groups. One group read a book with a teacher, another cut shapes out of paper. The room was full of activities, from a puppet theater to outdoor reading center.

It’s not just preparing 4-year-olds for kindergarten, Champagne said. Providing families with high-quality preschool also helps sustain the workforce and economy, she said.

“We’re supporting the workforce on both ends — the current workforce and our future workforce,” she said.

Click here to read full article and watch the video!

Center Openings

We have had two centers that have recently been opened, one in Dixon and another in Tracy.

In Dixon, Silveyville CDC officially relocated on July 18th to the campus of Anderson Elementary School at 415 East C. Street as Anderson CDC on July 21st.

In Tracy, Villalovoz CDC officially opened its doors on August 11th on the campus of Villalovoz Elementary at 1550 Cypress Drive.

Anderson CDC has full and half-day preschool programs available. Full day programs run from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., while half-day programs run from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Villalovoz CDC has a morning Preschool program from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and an afternoon Preschool program from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The goal of the Preschool program is to develop and grow school readiness skills which lead to success in school and beyond. Our curriculum provides a balance of child discovery and teacher guidance and is aligned with the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks and the K-12 content standards.


Autism Speaks – Walk-A-Thon /Community Involvement

When Sedgwick CDC wanted to participate in the community they decided to work on a cause that was currently impacting children at their center. Since they had two children with autism, they chose the charity Autism Speaks. The CDC teachers spoke to the children about the challenges that children with autism face and how this charity helps them. They all agreed this was the charity they wanted to help.

The children collected donations by filling out little hearts with the donators name and amount. At the end, they gathered all the small hearts and made one large heart to hang in the center to show all the support from their families, friends and school classrooms.

The children worked on their charity project during club time at the center. They made flyers for donations at the school and made signs and table themes for the walk-a-thon. The walk-a-thon was done on their school’s field. Since the children were given 4-5 laps to complete for the charity, club time helped them prepare for the big day. They practiced laps, learned about hydration and the proper gear to wear. They also made numbered race bibs for the event.

The day of the walk-a-thon the children raised $1,000 for their charity! They completed their laps, some with the help of their parents. They stopped at the themed tables along the way such as the luau, minion, healthy snack and photo booth. Our walkers joined in the fun at the booth while taking a break from their laps.

The event was such a success the staff wanted to reward the children for their hard work. They gave them York Peppermint Patty medals for finishing their laps. A few days later the children had an awards ceremony were they got a certificate for categories such as most enthusiastic, most donations, fastest runner, having a positive attitude and for being the silliest.

Sedgwick CDC along with many other of our centers plan to continue with their goal of giving back to the community during the 2014-2015 school-year.