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Children’s Center

About the Children’s Center

The Associated Students, CSUF, Inc. recognizes that many of the people who wish to attend the University are parents of young children, and that in order to attend classes these people must arrange for affordable, quality child care. Therefore, the CSUF Children’s Center has been established and operated, with Associated Student Inc. funds, for the purpose of making the educational opportunities at the University equally accessible to these parents of young children, regardless of sex, race, or financial status.

 

The Children’s Center is open year-round from 7:30AM – 7:00PM, Monday through Thursday, and 7:30AM – 5:15PM on Friday.We are closed on all University holidays and require specialized scheduling during Spring Break, Fall Recess, and the Summer.

 

For more information, please call (657) 278-2961.

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112

Children's Center Staff Members

457

Internships Awarded

321

Total Child Enrollment

17

Grants Awarded

Meet the Children’s Center Staff

Meet the staff of the Children’s Center that make sure the children under our careenjoy a safe, nurturing, and productive learning environment.

Lydia Palacios
Lydia Palacios
Director
Sonia Nunez
Sonia Nunez
Assistant Director
Deisy Hernandez
Deisy Hernandez
Program Coordinator
Jesse Beltran
Jesse Beltran
Master Teacher
Carlton Chase
Carl Chase
Building Engineer
Dana Dyment
Dana Dyment
Cook
Amanda Estrada
Amanda Estrada
Master Teacher
Marcia Garcia
Maria Garcia
Master Teacher
Cathy Higa
Cathy Higa
Master Teacher
Kelly Iiames
Kelly Iiames
Lead Teacher
Jennie Imatomi
Jennie Imatomi
Master Teacher
Hang Nguyen
Hang Nguyen
Master Teacher
Veronica Rosas
Veronica Rosas
Master Teacher
Stacey Wong-Goldfarb
Stacey Wong-Goldfarb
Master Teacher

Virtual Resources

The Children’s Center offers a variety of virtual resources for families as well as students. Resources vary from age appropriate and engaging hands on activity ideas to more curriculum based activity ideas for children. We offer a broad range of parenting resources. We also offer advising appointments to offer advice and resources on a specific child related topic. Additionally, students may request an appointment for advising on a child development related topic/course or career goal.

Child Hands on Activity Ideas

DateResourceSuggested Age(s)
September 15, 2020 Building with Recycled MaterialsToddler, Preschool Age
September 15, 2020 Corn Meal Sensory PoolInfant, Toddler
September 15, 2020 Frozen PaintInfant, Toddler
September 15, 2020 Hammering NailsPreschool Age
September 15, 2020 Hide and SeekInfant
September 15, 2020 Kool-Aid PlaydoughInfant, Toddler, Preschool Age, School Age
September 15, 2020 Lava Lamp JarToddler, Preschool Age, School Age
September 15, 2020 Making Chalk-PaintPreschool Age
September 15, 2020 Nature SuncatcherToddler, Preschool Age
September 15, 2020 Paper Boat Lego ChallengePreschool Age
September 15, 2020 Parts of a Pumpkin SongInfant, Toddler, Preschool Age, School Age
September 15, 2020 Raincloud in a CupPreschool Age
September 15, 2020 Ribbon BasketInfant
September 15, 2020 Shapes Sorting SuncatchersToddler
September 15, 2020 Shaving Cream SensoryInfant, Toddler, Preschool Age, School Age
September 15, 2020 Virtual Farm TourToddler, Preschool Age, School Age
September 9, 2020 How to Make Apple Oatmeal MuffinsInfant, Toddler, Preschool Age, School Age
September 9, 2020 MyPlate Snack Tips for KidsSchool Age
September 9, 2020 Nature ShapesToddler
September 9, 2020 How to Make Homemade PaintToddler, Preschool Age
September 9, 2020 Pom Pom SortingToddler, Preschool Age
September 9, 2020 Fluffy BinInfant, Toddler
September 9, 2020 Environmental Print PuzzlesPreschool Age
September 1, 2020 Banana Pancakes Infant, Toddler, Preschool Age
September 1, 2020 Bird Watching Tally Preschool Age
September 1, 2020 Cooking Kale Chips Preschool Age
September 1, 2020 Egg Carton Train Toddler
September 1, 2020 Homemade Tear-free Bubbles Infant, Toddler, Preschool Age
September 1, 2020 How to Make Fluffy Slime Infant, Toddler, Preschool Age
September 1, 2020 How to Make Playdough Preschool Age
September 1, 2020 Making Puffy Paint Preschool Age
September 1, 2020 Mystery Box Preschool Age
September 1, 2020 Scribble, Scribble Toddler
September 1, 2020 Sensory Bottles Infant
September 1, 2020 Water Painting Infant, Toddler, Preschool Age
September 1, 2020 What’s That Noise Infant, Toddler

Child Group Time Recorded Sessions

DateResourceSession Type
September 15, 2020 Aiken Drum SongStorytime
September 15, 2020 Chicka Chicka Boom BoomStorytime
September 15, 2020 Go Away Big Green MonsterStorytime
September 15, 2020 Going to Grandma's HouseStorytime
September 15, 2020 Grumpy MonkeyStorytime
September 15, 2020 I Believe I CanStorytime
September 15, 2020 Little Tiger Picks UpStorytime
September 15, 2020 Llama Llama Red PajamaStorytime
September 15, 2020 Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy ButtonsStorytime
September 15, 2020 Pete the Cat, Too Cool for SchoolStorytime
September 15, 2020 The Wheels on the BusStorytime
September 15, 2020 Un ElefanteStorytime
September 15, 2020 You MatterStorytime
September 9, 2020 Allie All AlongStorytime
September 9, 2020 It Looked Like Spilt MilkStorytime
September 9, 2020 3 Little Monkeys Jumping on the BedStorytime
September 9, 2020 Giraffes Can't DanceStorytime
September 9, 2020 5 Little LadybugsStorytime
September 1, 2020 5 Little Bunnies Storytime
September 1, 2020 5 Little Hot DogsStorytime
September 1, 2020 Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?Storytime
September 1, 2020 Just Be Who You AreStorytime
September 1, 2020 There Was One Little BirdStorytime

Child Curriculum Based Activity Ideas

DateResourceSuggested Age(s)
September 15, 2020 Addition With Loose MaterialsPreschool Age
September 15, 2020 A-MAZE-ING Letter MazeToddler, Preschool Age
September 15, 2020 Banana Peanut Butter PopsInfant, Toddler, Preschool Age, School Age
September 15, 2020 Cardboard Shape PuzzleInfant, Toddler
September 15, 2020 Do It Yourself Balance Beam and Follow the LeaderToddler, Preschool Age
September 15, 2020 Fine Motor Practice with ScissorsPreschool Age
September 15, 2020 Goldfish Alphabet SearchPreschool Age
September 15, 2020 Let's SignInfant, Toddler
September 15, 2020 Open Shut Them Finger SongInfant, Toddler
September 15, 2020 Round Up The Balls GameToddler
September 15, 2020 Stacking BlocksToddler
September 15, 2020 Sticker Matching - ColorsToddler, Preschool Age
September 15, 2020 Sticker SortToddler
September 15, 2020 Toddler Threading BeadsToddler
September 15, 2020 What's in the BagToddler
September 15, 2020 You Matter Activity PackPreschool Age, School Age
September 9, 2020 Pre-Writing with Shaving CreamPreschool Age
September 9, 2020 Nature Walk Scavenger HuntPreschool Age
September 9, 2020 Cereal Snack MixToddler, Preschool Age, School Age
September 9, 2020 My Self-PortraitPreschool Age, School Age
September 9, 2020 Color Sort HuntToddler
September 9, 2020 Chalk Mosaic DesignsToddler, Preschool Age
September 9, 2020 Tape PeelInfant, Toddler
September 9, 2020 Loose Material and LinesPreschool Age
September 1, 2020 Back and Forth Ball Roll Infant, Toddler
September 1, 2020 Counting Cats and Dogs Infant, Toddler
September 1, 2020 The Itsy Bitsy Spider Family Infant, Toddler
September 1, 2020 Frozen Berry Pops Toddler, Preschool Age, School Age
September 1, 2020 Journal Writing Preschool Age
September 1, 2020 Kleenex Dancing Preschool Age
September 1, 2020 Compound Word Game Preschool Age, School Age
September 1, 2020 DIY Calm Down Kit Toddler, Preschool Age, School Age
September 1, 2020 Color Hop Toddler

Parent Resources

DateResourceSuggested Age(s)
September 15, 2020 16 Ways Loose Parts Can Ignite CuriosityToddler, Preschool Age
September 15, 2020 A Year of PlayInfant, Toddler, Preschool Age, School Age
September 15, 2020 Breast Milk and FormulaInfant
September 15, 2020 Cooking with ChildrenInfant, Toddler, Preschool Age, School Age
September 15, 2020 Eat Smart to Play HardInfant, Toddler, Preschool Age, School Age
September 15, 2020 Handwashing/span>Infant, Toddler, Preschool Age, School Age
September 15, 2020 Help Your Child Develop Early Math SkillsToddler
September 15, 2020 Help Your Preschooler Get Ready to ReadPreschool Age
September 15, 2020 Multicultural Books for PreschoolersPreschool Age
September 15, 2020 Potty Training Your ChildToddler
September 15, 2020 PreK Tips - Helping Your Child Solve ProblemsPreschool Age
September 15, 2020 Racism and Violence - Using Your Power as a ParentToddler, Preschool Age
September 15, 2020 Tips on Playing with Babies and ToddlersInfant, Toddler
September 9, 2020 5 Ways to Promote Fine Motor SkillsToddler, Preschool Age
September 9, 2020 Build Your Child's Literacy Skills While Doing Laundry TogetherPreschool Age, School Age
September 9, 2020 Kitchen HelperToddler, Preschool Age, School Age
September 9, 2020 Helping Our Children Love Their DifferencesToddler, Preschool Age, School Age
September 9, 2020 Nine Elements That Power Positive ParentingToddler
September 9, 2020 Managing Your Own Emotions The Key to Positive, Effective ParentingToddler Preschool Age
September 1, 2020 10 Things Every Parent Should Know About PlayToddler
September 1, 2020 10 Ways Babies Learn When We Sing to ThemInfant
September 1, 2020 Breathing Exercises for KidsToddler, Preschool Age, School Age
September 1, 2020 Cooperation - Tips for ParentsInfant, Toddler
September 1, 2020 Feeding NutritionInfant, Toddler, Preschool Age
September 1, 2020 Making the Most of Reading AloudToddler
September 1, 2020 Nature as Stress Relief for KidsToddler, Preschool Age
September 1, 2020 Oh Poop! Infant, Toddler, Preschool Age
September 1, 2020 Playdough Helps With DevelopmentToddler, Preschool Age
September 1, 2020 The Power of PlayInfant, Toddler
September 1, 2020 The Power of RoutinesInfant, Toddler, Preschool Age, School Age
September 1, 2020 The School of YouInfant, Toddler, Preschool Age, School Age

Advising Appointments

Parent Advising Request

 

If you would like to request an appointment for advising on a specific child related topic, please complete a Parent Advising Request Ticket.

Student Advising Request

 

If you would like to request an appointment for advising on a child development related topic, course, or career goal, please complete a Student Advising Request Ticket.

Enrollment & Fees

The Children’s Center serves children beginning at three months of age and through
the pre-kindergarten year, as well as kindergarteners for our after-school program
which begins at 12:30PM or later.

Enrollment Applications

 

Fall 2020
We are no longer accepting Fall applications. At this time, the Children’s Center remains closed until further notice. No return to operation date is available at this time.  As always, the health and safety of everyone remain our main priorities. If you have any questions regarding enrollment, please email Deisy Hernandez at deihernandez@fullerton.edu

Student Rates (Hourly / Weekly)
Effective 7/1/20

  • Infants under 18 months

    $8.11 / $292.00
  • Toddlers 18 to 35 months

    $7.77 / $273.00
  • Preschool 3 years & older

    $5.94 / $211.00
  • Sibling of preschool age

    $5.14 / $180.00

Non-Student Rates (Hourly / Weekly)
Effective 7/1/20

  • Infants under 18 months

    $11.63 / $411.00
  • Toddlers 18 to 35 months

    $11.09 / $395.00
  • Preschool 3 years & older

    $8.38 / $298.00
  • Sibling of preschool age

    $7.30 / $262.00

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some commonly asked questions. Need help with something else? Contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.

Can anyone enroll their child/children at the Childrens Center?

Priority is given to children of students at Cal State Fullerton. An additional twenty spaces are available for the children of CSUF faculty & staff. We sometimes have spaces for others after enrollment is complete. Because the Center runs on the campus academic year, and is closed for campus observed holidays, it is not always the best option for non-students. Enrollment applications are due four times per year. Once your child is accepted, well do our best to provide continuous care each semester. If your schedule is flexible and youre not looking for full time care, were often a good match for your needs.

 

Is financial aid available?

Yes, the Childrens Center offers state subsidized child care. Subsidy applications are available at the Childrens Center and can be picked up when an enrollment application is filled out.

 

Is there a waiting list?

Because the Childrens Center offers a flexible, hourly scheduled program, there is not a standard waiting list. Rather, we take names and information and keep them on our waiting list by date of inquiry. This date is entered on each specific term application that you submit. We then prioritize the applications by the waiting list dates. Returning parents have priority, and then we enroll new children in the remaining spaces. The days and times that you request will be a determining factor in being admitted.Waiting list names remain active for two years, reserving your place in line for child care. Referrals to alternate child care locations are available upon request.

 

Why do applications have to be turned in every term?

Student parents needs for child care vary as their class schedules change each semester which necessitates a need for updated applications for every semester that a parent is requesting child care.

Parenting Resources

The PDFs below require Adobe Reader Version 9.40 or greater. This is a free program available from the Adobe website. Follow the download directions on the Adobe website to get your copy.

Parent Handbook

Sample Food menu

Children's Center IPM Plan

Pesticide Letter to Parents

Enrollment Application

Financial Aid Form

Internships

An internship at the Children’s Center provides students the opportunity to gain practical experience with young children while also earning academic credit. We currently offer internships in Child & Academic Studies, Psychology, and Human Services.

Who can apply?

We are looking for dependable students who are open to new ideas, excited about learning, and who enjoy working with babies, toddlers, and/or preschoolers. We currently offer internships to students majoring in Child & Adolescent Studies, Psychology, and Human Services.

 

What you’ll do

Intern duties and responsibilities vary depending on the classroom to which you are assigned. Generally speaking, you will be asked to participate as part of a team with Master Teachers and student staff in the care and education of preschool children. You will work with individual children, small groups of children, and the larger group in the learning environment. You will have the opportunity to observe, assess needs, and plan developmentally appropriate activities to meet needs and interests of the children. The average involvement for internships with academic credit is 5-8 hours per week. Interns will be scheduled for 2-4 hours on alternating days and on Fridays from 1:30 – 3:00PM during staff meetings.

 

What we’ll offer you

You will gain experience in all aspects of working with children in the learning environment: physical, social-emotional, cognitive, and creative. You will set goals for yourself and plan activities for children. You will participate in weekly staff meetings and staff training sessions designed to help you learn more about working and communicating with children. And best of all you will be someone important in the life of a child.

 

How to apply

Download the internship application and turn it in at the Children’s Center. For more information, call (657) 278-4265 or email Assistant Director, Sonia Nunez.

Children’s Center Parents & Pals (CCPAP)

The Children’s Center Parents & Pals (CCPAP) aims to benefit the Children’s Center’s children, parents, staff, and facility. CCPAP will provide insight and input to the Children’s Center Director and staff, regarding suggested program changes and improvements. CCPAP will also sponsor activities that support the children, parents, and staff of the Children’s Center. CCPAP also hopes to provide early childhood information and resources to the larger campus and community.

CCPAP consists of:

  • President
  • Vice President/Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • 1 Faculty Advisor

 

Annual Fundraising Events include:

  • Fall Country Fair & Petting Zoo
  • Bake Sale
  • Trike-A-Thon
  • Swap Shop

 

Contact Us:

If you are interested in participating in CCPAP, please email us at csuf.ccpap@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram at @csuf.ccpap.