Child Development Center rated one of the best in town!

Publish Date: 
Oct 4, 2017

The Hartnell College Child Development Center (CDC) is a participant in the Monterey county Quality Matters Program, which aims to improve quality on early care and education in the Monterey County.  The CDC finished the first year with a total rating of 4 out of 5 stars. This is the reason why last week the Center received three certificates of recognition from Congressman Jimmy Panetta, Assemblymember Anna Caballero, and from the Monterey County Office of Education.

The rating was given based on a set of rubrics that were based upon: room arrangement, the quality and education of the staff, how the center screens for disabilities and makes referrals to the necessary agencies, how the Center plans and assess the children and the last area is the classroom size.  Achieving such a high score was a bit challenging for the CDC. However, with teamwork, compassion, dedication and training, the team collectively possessed the drive and resources to create a high-quality learning environment. Along with this recognition the Center received $28,000 to use for activities that relate to improving the quality of the Center.

The philosophy at the center is one of inclusiveness and diversity.  Having a Center that allows children of all levels to be together and learn from each other allows the children to choose what they are interested in and move around the Center at their pace. This choice is in conflict with the rubric for class size in the assessment.   

“The rubric that is used requires the class size to be less than 20 students,” said Director of the CDC, Dr. Susan Ratliff.  “We have 60 children therefore we have been given 4 out of 5 instead of the original 5 out of 5.” Congratulations to the CDC team for their exemplary work.