Child Development Center

Participation Handbook

Childcare openings at Mesa College Child Development Center in the preschool program, 3-5 year olds. Needed: current income, parent schedule, child's immunization record, child's birth certificate, State Preschool and Head Start.

Mission statement:

The Child Development Center is committed to meeting the individual needs of children, their parents and college students, preparing them to become contributing members in a diverse society.

Program Goals:

The Center provides a collaborative learning environment for students to develop skills for working with families and children.  It provides opportunities for children to achieve optimal growth and to develop in a high quality-learning environment.


Fees are assessed based upon family’s adjusted gross monthly income, family size, and contract for service provided.  Length of day for infant/toddler and preschool programs in defined as part time, less than 6 .5 hours and full time, 6.5 hours or more.  (Family Fee Schedule, California Department of Education, Child Development Division).  Fees are based on the child’s enrollment in the program, not their actual attendance.  There are NO refunds for absences, drops, or changes in class and work schedules.  Fees are payable in advance on a monthly basis, and are due the first of each month. 

What Do I Need To Bring With Me When I Apply for Enrollment?

To complete your initial enrollment application you must provide us with the following pieces of information:

  1. Your child's immunization record (front and back of record)
  2. A copy of child/children birth certificates
  3. Current proof of gross monthly income such as your most current payroll stubs for a month, a leave of earnings statement (bring in 2), or for families on public assistance, your statement (proof) of assistance (Notice of Action).

Child Development Center Enrollment Priorities

First priority is for families who children are receiving child protective services or families who children are at risk of being neglected, abused, or exploited.  Second priority is for all children and families who are not within the first propriety for admission shall be admitted according to gross family income and family size.  Verification of family size will be by birth certificate of all children under 18 or current income tax return.  Verification of current income will be monies received on a reoccurring basis such as gross wages or salary, disability, unemployment or workers compensation, pensions/annuities, child/spousal support or public assistance.

How Do I Know If I've been accepted?

New children coming into the program will be accepted as spaces become available.