What Makes Us Special

Fulfilling the Promise of Every Child

The CEC is devoted to ensuring that each child’s individual needs are met and that his or her unique gifts and talents are developed. Serving children with a range of special needs is an integral part of our commitment to families.

The Child Educational Center was founded in 1979 with the goal of fulfilling the promise of childhood. That goal remains true today.

Preserving the Experience of Childhood

Children are often pushed into experiences before they are ready. The CEC recognizes children need time to be children so they can develop into healthy adults.

Creating a Caring Educational Community

Modern life is challenging for most families. Many don’t have extended family living close by to support child-rearing efforts. The CEC serves as a community for children, parents, staff, Board members and volunteers to support each other in a loving environment.

Meeting Parents’ Individual Needs

Parents also have individual needs. While the CEC does not attempt to be “all things to all people,” it does strive to meet parents and families individual needs through parenting support and parent education.

Quality in Service

The CEC is committed to providing the highest quality services possible. The program has been continually accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since 1988, maintaining more than 150 standards that define quality in early childhood programs.

Service to Caltech/JPL

The CEC was established at the request of Caltech and JPL and continues to maintain service to their employees as a priority.

Providing a Quality Work Environment

The CEC recognizes that the quality of its program depends upon the well-being, care and respect of its staff. As a result of this commitment, children and families benefit from a high percentage of staff working with the organization for 10 years or longer.

A Model Program and Training Site

From its inception, the CEC has served as an internationally renowned model for developmentally appropriate and play-based programs for children. The Center also serves as an observation and training site for child development college students.

Consulting and Educational Outreach

Since 1994, the CEC has provided consulting services on the design, development and implementation of child care programs through a separate operating division, Child Care Planning Associates. Since its inception, the CEC also has maintained a program of educational outreach, dedicated to improvements in the field of early care and education world-wide.

Come Visit Us!

We invite you to visit us and see for yourself what makes us special.