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Professional Development Division

Since 1972, The Children's Center at Caltech (CCC) has been offering high quality child care and education for children ages six month to six years. In 2000, our research lead us to adopt STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curricula as a focus of our early childhood program. As leaders in STEM Early Childhood education, we launched ECSTEM in 2011, and host an annual conference bringing together educators, policy makers, researchers and other vested community stakeholders to address the needs of our youngest citizens.

Due to the overwhelming demand for tours of our facilities, and requests for professional growth workshops, we have formed a Professional Development Division (PDD) that arranges tours, on-site visits and workshops at the CCC.



Form and Function

What is Form and Function? How do you teach it? Why is it important to teach young children? Join us as we present and show how to introdruce everyday items and specific materials to children, and why it is important to do so.  We will demonstrate how you can incorporate Form and Function into your curriculum, and how it can become your curriculum.

Saturday, March 30, 2019 (9am-12pm)
The Children's Center at Caltech
Presenters: Jackie Reyes, Lead Teacher

 Scale and Structure

Join us as we investigate Scale and Structure with toddlers.  We will dive into our journey with our future engineers as we explore how things are constructed and examine size.  We will provide you with age appropriate activities to expand their experience and support your own curriculum development.

Saturday, April 6, 2019 (9am-12pm)
The Children's Center at Caltech
Presenter: Amanda Lawson and Diana Ramirez, Lead Teachers

  Crawling into Gardening

Every garden is a community garden.  What is soil?  We will introduce infants and toddlers to the basics of soil.  We crawl in it, we dig in it, we grow with it; we explore it, discover and intigate with it.  Come and experience a developmentally apprpriate curriculum that introduces gardening to young children.  Learn how to build a gardening community for the youngest learners.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 (9-12pm)
Presenters: Mirella Rodriguez, Angeline Picasso and Stephanie Nguyen, Lead Teachers


If interested in an Educator Tour of The Children's Center at Caltech, please call the office at 626.395.6860 to schedule your visit, then please fill out the educator tour form and mail to us at the address below.

For questions regarding Educator Tours or the PDD Workshop Series, please call 626.395.6860.

The Children’s Center at Caltech, 1200 E. California Blvd. MC 1-133, Pasadena, CA 91125; Attention: PDD