• Art Studio

    The Child Development Center provides children with a very well stocked Art Studio. The atmosphere of this area provides a setting conducive to free exploration of materials. With both overhead doors open the children are provided with a flow of art activity into the outdoor setting....

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  • Library

    Even though literacy activities take place throughout the classroom environment, the Library is set up to give children a very clear message as to the importance we place on literacy activities. The room has a large window area providing natural lighting for quiet, focused literacy related...

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  • Dramatics Studio

    The Dramatics Studio has a two-story loft and a large quantity of materials, which encourages imitative, imaginary, and dramatic play. Water is always available for use from faucets with controlled flow and temperature in this area. Dress up clothing, furnishings, and play props rotate...

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  • Music and Dance Studio

    Materials in the Music/Dance Studio are available to encourage active movement which can flow quite naturally outdoors when the overhead door is open. Music-making materials, such as instruments, and movement materials such as scarves and hoops, provide creative, large motor dance and...

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  • Construction Zone

    This area provides a large open space for the use of unit blocks. Because the use of the unit blocks is where we want children to focus their attention, other supportive materials are kept to a minimum and frequently rotate so as not to dominate or control the block play. The natural,...

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  • The CDC Community Environment

    As you enter the classroom you will immediately notice a simple, clean and uncluttered environment without the feel of an institution. The physical environment has such enormous influence on human behavior and children take in a tremendous amount of information through their senses and by...

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  • Kids Cafe

    Children eat when hungry, seated at the dining table. This table permits small groups of children to engage in conversation with each other (as in a family) in a pleasant ambiance. The table is usually covered with a tablecloth and there is a centerpiece of flowers, candles or other...

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  • Math Lab

    Math Materials are used in a specific way to promote the development of mathematical knowledge. Children will manipulate unifix cubes in long trains, but with the focus on color patterns created, which one is longer, how many cubes are in the shorter train, etc. The math area houses math...

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  • Puzzle Place

    Puzzles range in level of difficulty and provide pictures relating to diverse interests of young children, which in turn, motivates them to complete the puzzle. Some materials are geared for individual use and others encourage cooperative play between children. The shelving provides...

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  • Sensory Station

    The sensory table is set up to provide children experiences with materials that can easily be poured so that children can dig into, fill containers and pour. The play dough table is close by. Play dough is a Manipulative activity but needs some separation from the puzzles and manipulative...

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  • Park

    In the Active Play Zone, that the children refer to as "The Park", you will see a large and complex climbing structure, which provides many challenges for the children as they grow and develop. Children are provided additional materials to encourage active...

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  • Gardens

    Children are offered several different kinds of gardens at the CDC, including a vegetable garden, flower garden, rock garden, and fairy garden. A wide variety of materials are provided to enhance their experiences, including boots for mud, watering cans and...

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  • Bike Path

    The Bike Path circles the hill where bikes, wagons, wheelbarrows and other wheel toys and balls are generally available to support children in their development of their large muscles and motor coordination skills.

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  • Sand and Water Station

    Children have access to sand and sand accessories and water, in different forms, with a variety of accessories on a daily basis.

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  • Reflection Alcove

    The light table is set up in an alcove surrounded by reflective surfaces so that children can explore transparent materials and discover the nature of light and reflection.

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  • Science Lab

    Science is everywhere - inside and outside. The science lab provides a place for focused observation where exploratory materials are readily available. Children know this is where to come when they find a worm outside and need a "bug house" and magnifying lenses for more extensive...

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  • Bathrooms

    According to State Licensing Regulations, children must be under visual supervision of adults at all times. Therefore, you will notice that the bathroom is not fully enclosed and a convex mirror in place to provide staff with visual access from the classroom. Hand-washing sinks are located...

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Child Development Center

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The Child Development Center Laboratory for Child Study supports the Hartnell College mission by serving as an observation and training site, giving Hartnell students the opportunity to observe, interact with, and study preschool children in an environment which utilizes varied teaching strategies and methods to assure developmentally appropriate experiences for young children. The Campus CDC lab serves as a model and sets standards for the larger community regarding quality education for children and provides quality educational opportunities for the youngest citizens of our diverse community. 


The CDC Lab provides:

  • students the opportunity to practice and demonstrate developmentally appropriate early childhood program planning and teaching competencies under the supervision of early childhood education/child development faculty and/or other qualified education professionals.
  •  a place for students to utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, develop professional behaviors, and build a comprehensive understanding of children and families.
  • an on-campus model program under the guidance and supervision of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division Dean, where students may fulfill their required coursework and observe best practices.
  • an environment that supports the development of a well-prepared early care and education professional workforce as students observe and work with children in a consistent, research-based program where practical application is connected to theory.
  • well-qualified, supervisory CDC teachers who give students ongoing guidance and feedback to ensure a continuous interplay of theory, research and practice linking knowledge, skills and professional dispositions.
  • a limited number of paid employment opportunities for students where hours are documented so that they have the proof of experience necessary to obtain a Child Development Teacher Permit.
  • children and parents the opportunity to participate in a high-quality, state-funded preschool program