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San Diego State University

Department of Child & Family Development

SDSU Children's Center

If you are a student with young children, the SDSU Children's Center can provide your children with loving care in an educational program while you are in class. All parents who are attending college and those working need resources. Don't add to your worries by wondering who will take care of your children while you are in school or at work.

The SDSU Children's Center, located on the campus grounds offers excellent child care and preschool programs for the children of SDSU students, faculty, staff, and community. The Center is licensed by the California Department of Social Services and staffed by certified child development specialists who will give your children lots of attention and tender loving care. Your children will be free to learn, explore and have fun in a loving and relaxed atmosphere--so you can be free to focus on your classes and your work. The Center is open year round and follows the university calendar for closures.

Separate Classrooms for Children of Different Ages

  • Infant (6 months to 18 months)
  • Toddler (18 months to 28 months)
  • Preschool (2 years to 6 years)
  • Fees Determined by Family Size and Income
  • Sliding Scales and Grant Programs Available
  • Snacks, Meals and Diapers Included

Certified and Caring Staff

  • Part-time and Full-time Programs Available
  • Convenient Entrance for Drop-off and Pick-up
  • Parent Involvement is an Intregal Part of the Center
  • Great indoor and outdoor play areas
  • Located across College Ave to the East between Parking Structure 1 and 6

See our website at for rates and more information.

Child Study Center

A rich training experience for Child Development Majors and Liberal Studies Students
with a Child Development Specialization.

In a collaborative effort with the Associated Students at SDSU, the Department of Child and Family Development provides "hands-on" training to its students. Many of the Child and Family Development courses use the SDSU Children Center for classroom laboratory experiences. In CFD 270 (Principles of Child Development), students have directed observations of children. In CFD 270L (Principles of Child Development Laboratory), they not only use directed observations but also learn multiple methods of recording individual and group behavior. In CFD 375/376L (Child Development Programs and the accompanying Laboratory Experiences in the Child Study Center), you will have directed experiences with children up to age five in a main streamed setting, study and participate in the designing and implementing of developmentally appropriate activities, learn communication techniques, basic skills and strategies for working with young children. The opportunities are endless!

Contact Information

Phone: 619.594.7941

SDSU Children's Center
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA. 92182-7803