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Free & Low Cost Child Care Available At Butte College

Free & Low Cost Child Care Available At Butte College In August For Those Who Qualify

Butte College’s Child Development Center (CDC) offers high quality care for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years old. This Fall 2016 semester, there is a new opportunity for qualifying Butte College students and area residents with preschool-aged children to receive free or low cost childcare.

Butte College’s Child Development Center (CDC)—located on Butte’s main campus—was recently awarded a California State Preschool Program (CSPP) grant by the California Department of Education. The California State Preschool Program is intended to support preschool-aged children in families who are low-income, have special needs children and/or are at risk. There are opportunities for 12 or more preschoolers (who turn age 3 or 4 by Sept. 1, 2016) to attend Butte College’s Child Development Center (“CDC”) free or at low-cost with a sliding fee scale. Funds are available to pay for full-time child care and part-time child care at the CDC (including during students’ study time)—unlike some other child care subsidies that are limited in availability and just cover child care costs when student parents are in class. Childcare will be offered at the CDC beginning on August 22, the first day of Butte’s Fall 2016 semester.

Why Apply?

The grant funds low- to no-cost, quality preschool, with low child/teacher ratios (only 8 children per 1 teacher – not 12 as at most preschools).

The CDC promotes children’s success in school by providing developmentally- and age-appropriate curriculum in an enhanced learning environment — with new equipment and high-quality educational supplies. In addition:

  • Free lunches will be provided for preschool children.
  • Parent-teacher conferences are conducted to share insights and support children.
  • Developmental screenings and assessments are conducted for all children enrolled more than 10 hours weekly.
  • Teachers are well-trained and highly experienced and use best-practices. They are assisted by Butte College practicum students studying Child Development and Early Childhood Education.

How to Apply:

Go to Butte College’s Child Development Center website at

  • If you want to learn more about the California State Preschool Program (CSPP), there is additional information, including how eligibility is determined. There is also a pre-screening application and a checklist that indicates documentation you’ll bring when you meet with the CDC director and/or secretary in early August.
  • If you’re interested in enrolling your child, but don’t meet the criteria for the low or no cost childcare, you can still download the application and apply.
  • The center is open during both fall and spring semesters. Hours of operation include: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and Fridays, 7:30 a.m.–12:30 pm.


To make an appointment or request additional information, please contact the CDC director Julie VanderEyck or secretary Nicole Junger at 530-895-2865. You may also email Julie VanderEyck at

Butte College | 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville CA 95965 | General Information (530) 895-2511

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