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March 19 , 2007
DH 07 JH40
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CSUDH Child Development Center Participates in State Department of Education Food Program

Carson, CAThe Associated Students, Inc. Child Development Center (CDC) on the campus of CSU Dominguez Hills participates in the California Department of Education's Child Care Food Program. The program provides nutritious meals that meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for children in the CDC.

Children are served nutritious meals that meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Child and Adult Care Food Program’s child care component is a state and federally funded program that gives financial aid to licensed child care centers and day care homes.

The objectives of the program are to improve the diets of children under 13 years of age, by providing them with nutritious, well-balanced meals and to develop good eating habits that will last a lifetime. Through the program, breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack are provided at no additional cost.

Additional funds are supplied by a general grant form the California Department of Education, an annual allocation from the California State University Office of the Chancellor, CDC parent fees, and the USDA Food Program. The CDC has implemented the program for 20 years. In accordance with Federal Laws and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex age or disability.

The primary purpose of the CDC is to provide affordable, quality child care and developmental services for the children of University students, faculty and staff. Children enrolled in the CDC interact and learn in a family-grouped environment with a team of trained teachers, assistant teachers and volunteers. The CDC falls
under the administration of Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) and the College of Education. Enrollment is limited to children between 2.9 and 10 years of age, who are toilet-trained and in good health.

Student fees to use the CDC vary based on hours of enrollment, (ranging from?). A limited number of families may be eligible for state-subsidized fees, under guidelines set by the California Department of Education and based on family size and income. Students have priority in terms of enrollment and are eligible for a full or partial subsidy to help with CDC fees. Faculty and staff are next in priority, with services available at a discounted rate. Local community members are charged the full fee. Part-time or full-time care is available with flexible scheduling, and discounts are available if more than one child from a family is enrolled at the Center.

A waiting list of interested families determines priority for new enrollment at the CDC. It is recommended that interested parents sign up on the waiting list at least one semester in advance. Parent participation is a very important component of the program, with required meetings at the beginning of each semester. In addition, parents must contribute 10 hours of volunteer time at the CDC each semester.

As an adjunct facility of the University, the CDC serves as an on-campus site for research, fieldwork, observation, participation and other instructional and academically related experiences for CSUDH students. All academic work must be requested in writing by the course instructor and approved by the Center Director.

For more information on the CSU Dominguez Hills CDC, contact Chiquita Waters, director, at cwaters@csudh.edu.

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Last updated March 19, 1:43 p.m.
by Joanie Harmon-Whetmore