Butte College Main Campus
Director: Darrell Whitacre
Days and Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
For enrollment information or to be placed on the waiting list contact Tammy Bowling, CDC Secretary (530) 895-2865.
High Quality Care for Children (1-5 years)
The CDC is committed to providing children with high quality care, exceeding licensing standards. We provide care to infants, toddlers and preschool aged children (one through five years old). Group sizes are small, lower than licensing standards and those typically found in private child care settings.
Well-Trained and Experienced Teachers
All CDC teachers have a Child Development Master Teacher Permit, or higher issued by the State of California. Many have B.A. degrees in Early Childhood Education, the equivalent to what elementary school teachers possess - and our Prekindergarten teacher has her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Teachers stay current in the field, making continuous improvements and using "best practices" including updated curriculum and assessment techniques.
Convenience and Affordability
The cost of having your child enrolled at the CDC is comparable to that at other centers in Oroville, Chico and Paradise. The CDC is a convenient choice for Butte College students, faculty and staff. We're open to all community members and closer than you might think: only about 10 miles from Paradise with convenient parking.
Responsive to Families' Needs
The CDC director, teachers and staff are highly-motivated and responsive to parents' suggestions and requests. The CDC's new Parent Advisory Group gives a forum for providing input and feedback. Pick-up and drop-off schedules are tailored to individual families' needs.
Helping Parents Connect
Parent meetings provide parents with opportunities to connect with and support one another around the issues many parents have in common. Some parents set up play dates for their children with other CDC families. Butte College students working with children at the CDC are often prospective babysitters. Who love working with children.
The Butte College Child Development Center (CDC) strives to provide high quality care that is respectful and responsive for children by developing a partnership with the parents and families; that promotes optimal growth for their child, while supporting student learning in a variety of disciplines.
The Child Development Center offers programs for children 12 months to five years old.
Child and Family Eligibility
The CDC operates on a nondiscriminatory basis, affording equal treatment and access to services without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, or ancestry. The CDC is open to the Butte-Glenn communities, in addition to children of Butte College students and employees.
• Must submit Waitlist Application (click here)
• Must provide proof of income eligibility
• Must provide registration fee
• Must provide forms as required by the State of California
• Must attend Parent Orientation
Tuition (click here)
The CDC has set tuition based on the average price of child care in Butte County. The CDC does accept subsidized child care.
The CDC offers an array of individual and group activities every day. Through participation in self-selected activities, children have the opportunity to develop initiative, make decisions, and assume responsibility for their choices. A common theme that runs throughout the curriculum emphasizes the richness of cultural diversity issues, e.g., gender equity, ethnicity, ageism, and special needs.
A typical day at Butte's CDC includes the following activities, among many others:
• Cooking and Food
• Dramatic Play
• Health and Safety
• Language Arts
• Large and Small Motor Skills
• Water, Sand, and Mud
Meals and Snacks
The CDC provides two highly nutritious meals each day. The food program is funded by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the meals are prepared on-site by a food service worker. The menus have been develop through staff and parent input to meet the USDA and California Department of Education guidelines and recommendations.
Meals are served family style and children are encouraged to serve themselves when they are able. Children also learn about nutrition during mealtimes. Meals are intended to be a time for relaxing conversation and good nutrition.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C.20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 or 202-720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. FNS Instruction 113-1, page 15(1).
Lunch is provided by the family on a daily basis. Specific policies will be shared with each family prior to each semester to assure that nutritional guidelines are followed and health and safety concerns are addressed. These policies are found in our Parent Handbook.
Child Development Center Staff
Director: Darrell Whitacre
Secretary: Tammy Bowling