Center for Children & Families at CSUSM

  • Jody Carmichael, Director
  • 453 La Moree
  • San Marcos, CA, 92078
  • Ph: (760) 750-8750
  • Fax: (760) 750-3210
  • Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
  • Hours: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday - Friday

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The Center for Children and Families is a play-based learning center that focuses on the whole child both individually and in group setting. Our curriculum is rich with a variety of hands-on experiences and our educational philosophy guides children to discover the world around them. Our goal is to prepare each child to leave our center well-adjusted, with a high self esteem, and ready to take on first grade socially, physically, emotionally and cognitively.

- Jody Carmichael, Center Director

Business Partner Message

As a strong partner with California State University San Marcos, our school is used as an example and a canvas for college students. The university has the benefit of observing our children and the teachers to learn from the best. This makes us a unique learning center for all ages. Over 400 student observers visit our school each semester.

Programs Offered

  • Infant Programs (6 weeks-1 year)

    Infant Programs (6 Weeks-1 Year)

    When your infant is in our care, we are committed to providing a nurturing and caring environment that meets your needs and the needs of your child. As your infant grows and changes – which happens on a daily basis at this stage – we make changes, too, so development and learning unfolds naturally.

  • Toddler Programs (1-2 years)

    Toddler Programs (1-2 Years)

    Toddlers are explorers on the road to learning. They walk all over, eat table food and often take just one nap a day. In a safe and nurturing environment, your little adventurer will find his voice, make new friends and develop confidence in newfound abilities.

  • Jr. Preschool (2-3 years)

    Jr. Preschool Programs (2-3 Years)

    Let us help your 2-year-old develop her independence and confidence in a setting that encourages a sense of community. We plan your child's activities based on a program grounded in early childhood fundamentals. Your young learner will increase her language ability, practice early counting skills and learn to cooperate with friends through group activities.

  • Preschool Programs (3-4 years)

    Preschool Programs (3-4 Years)

    Preschool kids are in the process of becoming confident learners. We take their confidence to the next level with hands-on education. Your 3- to 4-year-old child is ready for structured learning activities that touch on early literacy, math, science and social studies. Our program balances these subjects with opportunities for independent exploration – and a healthy dose of running, jumping and dancing.

  • Prekindergarten Programs (4-5 years)

    Prekindergarten Programs (4-5 Years)

    With our expert educators guiding the way, your child will feel confident taking the big step into the kindergarten classroom. With lower student-to-teacher ratios, your child will get more individualized attention. Our comprehensive, full-day kindergarten program encompasses reading, language, math, science, arts and physical fitness to keep your child excited about school. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so your child will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

  • Private Kindergarten Programs (5-6 Years)

    Private Kindergarten Programs (5-6 Years)

    With our expert educators guiding the way, your child will feel confident taking the big step into the kindergarten classroom. With lower student-to-teacher ratios, your child will get more individualized attention. Our comprehensive, full-day kindergarten program encompasses reading, language, math, science, arts and physical fitness to keep your child excited about school. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so your child will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

Learning Adventures &
Enrichment Programs

  • Spanish

    Spanish Adventures

    Learning a new language at a young age builds a child's brain power, increases confidence and contributes to long-term academic success. We teach language using age-appropriate methods, such as music, games and children's Spanish literature. Your child will have multiple opportunities to hear, practice and see the Spanish language.

  • Music

    Music Adventures

    Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason and create. Your child will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments. Note by note, he may identify an early passion for music and will gain confidence to perform well in all aspects of his young life.

  • Fit and Fun, Little Innovators

Other Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Holidays Observed & Professional Development Days

We are closed on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Accreditation

  • We are very proud to say we are accredited through NAEYC! For more information about the NAEYC accreditation please visit, www.naeyc.org

  • The Eco-Healthy Child Care program assesses 30 critical care factors including biodegradable, non-toxic cleaning products, non-toxic art supplies, PVC-free toys and more. To learn more go to: www.ecohealthychildcare.org

Upcoming Events

  • March's Learning Focus

    Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

    Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

    Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

    The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

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  • April's Learning Focus

    Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

    What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

    Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

    For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

    The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

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