Our Learning Environments

Our engaging indoor and outdoor classrooms are full of provocations, areas intentionally designed for exploration, and learning opportunities that intrigue and delight children. Each unique environment is separate from the other developmental groups, allowing it to be appropriately safe, yet challenging. 

Our Teachers

Our experienced teachers are child development professionals specializing in early childhood education. Our excellent ratio of adults to children permits individual attention, differentiated curriculum based on children’s emerging skills, and strong relationships among children, teachers, and families.

Infants 1:3.5 1:4
Toddlers 1:4 1:4
Twos 1:5 1:12
Threes 1:7 1:12
Fours 1:8 1:12

NAEYC Accredited

The CEC’s Infant-Toddler & Preschool Program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). From guidelines for teacher preparation through safety standards, NAEYC Accreditation ensures that programs are safe, well prepared, and intentional about ensuring children's success.

Our Infant - Toddler and Preschool program is also licensed by the state of California as a community care center under Title 22 - license #191223838 (Infant-Toddler) and #191203783 (Preschool). 

Enrollment schedule options:

Hours of care: 6:45 am - 5:45 pm

  • Full Time: Monday to Friday

  • Three Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

  • Two Days: Tuesday, Thursday

  • Half Days: AM or PM, Monday to Friday


View the current tuition rates and visit us here for information about Tuition Assistance.

*Infant-Toddler and Preschool Programs have an annual registration fee of $200.

Tuition Deposit

A tuition deposit will be assessed based on the enrollment schedule. For a full-time position (5 days), the deposit is $1,000; for part-time $600.

Tuition deposits will be refunded upon leaving the program. In order to obtain full credit for your tuition deposit, you must 30 days notice of intent to leave the program. Upon departure from the CEC, you may also donate your deposit to the CEC (a tax-deductible donation) as your child takes flight into school!

Current Openings:

Age Group

If your child was born:

Current Openings


February 2019 - Not Yet Born

Applications Welcome for Wait List


9/1/18 - 3/31/19

Applications Welcome for Wait List


2/1/18 - 9/1/18

Applications Welcome for Wait List


9/1/17 - 3/31/18

Applications Welcome for Wait List


9/1/16 - 8/31/17

Applications Welcome for Wait List

Preschool - 3/4s

9/1/15 -8/31/16

Applications Welcome for Wait List

Preschool - 4/5s

9/1/14 - 8/31/15

Applications Welcome for Wait List

Please know that openings are subject to change and that enrollment is dependent upon a variety of factors, including, but not limited to affiliation (JPL, Caltech, or community), date of application, philosophic compatibility with program, and special needs.