Infant-Toddler Program

Infants and toddlers experience rapid growth and development, especially during the birth year. Building strong emotional attachments with family and caregivers is the foundation for optimal psychological and physical development. At the CEC, infants and toddlers are able to develop at their own pace with the loving support and encouragement provided by their caregivers. Our team of highly-qualified teachers focus on mirroring children’s at-home routines as closely as possible and meeting each child’s unique needs and individual rhythms. We use a respectful approach where caregivers establish trusting and meaningful relationships with each child by understanding their cues and allowing them to actively participate in their own routines and encouraging the growth of autonomy.

As infants become toddlers, their needs evolve, as does our program with increasingly complex activities and more challenging outdoor environments. Additional group experiences promote overall development, build self-confidence and social awareness. These opportunities include language activities such as conversations, singing, reading, storytelling, and music. Daily experiences indoors and out provide rich stimulation for cognitive and physical growth.

During this year of a young child’s life, they are eager to learn more about the world around them, understand how things work, and exert increasing control in their life. This is a time marked by increasing language skills, emerging cooperative play, and increased understanding of cause and effect. The capacity for increased levels of problem solving as well as toilet learning are also significant hallmarks of the two-year-old year. Using this knowledge of children’s physical, social and cognitive development, our caregivers focus on supporting and expanding these interests and skills. As two-year-olds experience significant strides in all areas of their development, our environments and curriculum expands to meet their individual and collective needs. Our hilly, looping bike path, swings, versatile climbing experiences, as well as writing, painting, and building with a variety of loose parts and manipulatives are just a few of the activities that are available daily to stimulate their bodies and minds.

Families interested in enrollment in our Infant-Toddler and Preschool Programs are invited to call us at (818) 354-3418 to schedule a tour. In addition, we encourage families to complete and submit the program application to begin the enrollment process. Completed applications can be submitted to Director of Administration, Helen Ruppel or at the CEC office at 140 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada.

Although most of our actual admissions into the program occur between mid-May and mid-September of each year, with planning done between April and June, we do experience some vacancies mid-year. We hold everyone's applications in our waiting pool throughout the year in the event a vacancy appears. Each year in January, we update the waiting pool list by sending out a form to each family on the list and ask that it be completed and returned. Only those families who return the form are kept in the pool.

Upon offer of enrollment, a time is scheduled for the parent(s) and child(ren) to meet with a Program Director. Once enrollment is confirmed, a set of licensing forms must be filled out and signed before the child enters the program. The family is also encouraged to visit as much as possible before their child's first day. An enrollment fee will be added to your initial billing, to cover processing your child's enrollment; as well as a health and safety fee.*

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Our Learning Environments

Our dedicated indoor and outdoor spaces for infants and toddlers help them develop and blossom into young preschoolers. Each unique environment is separate from the other developmental groups, allowing it to be appropriately safe, yet challenging. 

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Our Teachers

Our low teacher-child ratio allows teachers to offer loving, individualised care to all children, as well as provide fun and engaging activities that support emerging skills.


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Preschool Program

Infants and toddlers experience rapid growth and development, especially during the birth year. Building strong emotional attachments with family and caregivers is the foundation for optimal psychological and physical development. At the CEC, infants and toddlers are able to develop at their own pace with the loving support and encouragement provided by their caregivers. Our team of highly-qualified teachers focus on mirroring children’s at-home routines as closely as possible and meeting each child’s unique needs and individual rhythms. We use a respectful approach where caregivers establish trusting and meaningful relationships with each child by understanding their cues and allowing them to actively participate in their own routines and encouraging the growth of autonomy.

As infants become toddlers, their needs evolve, as does our program with increasingly complex activities and more challenging outdoor environments. Additional group experiences promote overall development, build self-confidence and social awareness. These opportunities include language activities such as conversations, singing, reading, storytelling, and music. Daily experiences indoors and out provide rich stimulation for cognitive and physical growth.

During this year of a young child’s life, they are eager to learn more about the world around them, understand how things work, and exert increasing control in their life. This is a time marked by increasing language skills, emerging cooperative play, and increased understanding of cause and effect. The capacity for increased levels of problem solving as well as toilet learning are also significant hallmarks of the two-year-old year. Using this knowledge of children’s physical, social and cognitive development, our caregivers focus on supporting and expanding these interests and skills. As two-year-olds experience significant strides in all areas of their development, our environments and curriculum expands to meet their individual and collective needs. Our hilly, looping bike path, swings, versatile climbing experiences, as well as writing, painting, and building with a variety of loose parts and manipulatives are just a few of the activities that are available daily to stimulate their bodies and minds.

Families interested in enrollment in our Infant-Toddler and Preschool Programs are invited to call us at (818) 354-3418 to schedule a tour. In addition, we encourage families to complete and submit the program application to begin the enrollment process. Completed applications can be submitted to Director of Administration, Helen Ruppel or at the CEC office at 140 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada.

Although most of our actual admissions into the program occur between mid-May and mid-September of each year, with planning done between April and June, we do experience some vacancies mid-year. We hold everyone's applications in our waiting pool throughout the year in the event a vacancy appears. Each year in January, we update the waiting pool list by sending out a form to each family on the list and ask that it be completed and returned. Only those families who return the form are kept in the pool.

Upon offer of enrollment, a time is scheduled for the parent(s) and child(ren) to meet with a Program Director. Once enrollment is confirmed, a set of licensing forms must be filled out and signed before the child enters the program. The family is also encouraged to visit as much as possible before their child's first day. An enrollment fee will be added to your initial billing, to cover processing your child's enrollment; as well as a health and safety fee.*