2013-14 Unit Plan
Child Development Center

Mission Statement

The Butte College Child Development Center (CDC) strives to provide high quality care that is respectful of and responsive to 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.

Program Description

The CDC serves nearly 400 students per semester. These services range between offering laboratory opportunities to providing child care to students from all disciplines. The CDC serves as a lab for the following programs: Child Development/Family Relations (CDF), Nursing, Paramedic, and Foods and Nutrition. The CDC is conveniently located on the main campus. Last year nearly one hundred families were served. These were made up of college students, faculty, staff and the greater community.

Our funding sources come primarily from the College and parent tuition. The CDC has four classrooms serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Breakfast and afternoon snack are offered to all children in our program. The CDC is reimbursed for meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CDC utilizes some Perkins IV grant money and offers vouchers to offset the cost of child care, to students who qualify.

The Strategic Plan directs us to focus on student success and increase student success.  The CDC serves a population that is not mentioned in the strategic plan, namely parents.  Many of our students have young children and need high quality child care.  The CDC is supportive of student success and provides high quality child care on-campus, thus alleviating the students’ worry of transportation and care of their young children. The CDC fulfills an essential need for these students and therefore is a vital link to their success.

The CDC is continually looking at ways to help students.  For the past four years, we have offered vouchers to help with, or offset the cost of child care tuition. This service is offered to students who are on a Career and Technical Education Program pathway and who qualify under the Perkins IV grant. 

In the past few years the CDC and Child Development and Family Relations (CDF) instructors have been working on the Curriculum Alignment Program (CAP) to develop foundational core courses that can be easily transferable between community colleges and California State University system.  The CDC is moving forward to provide students the best experience within these core classes which utilize the lab.

As we look to the future, it is important that the CDC continues to fulfill its mission as well as develop new plans. By increasing quality early care and education the CDC is aligned with a campus strategic initiative, enhancing an innovative, flexible, responsive and accountable culture, as well as increasing the availability of critical services. The community’s need for high quality early care and education is recognized and plans are being developed to better meet these needs.  Collaborations with outside agencies will be necessary for the continued success of the CDC.  Relationships with State Preschool, Head Start, CSU, Chico and Enloe Medical Center have been established and more will be developed.

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1



Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 2



    Initiatives
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 3



    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 4



    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 5



    Initiatives
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 6



    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Required Resources

    Strategy 1 - Pursuing Accreditation

    • Enrollment - Self Study = $575.00
    • Application/Self-Assessment = $300.00
    • Candidacy/Site Visit = $875.00
    • Additional Fees = $1,575
    • Part time evaluator = $3,000

    Strategy 2 - Security/Safety of CDC

    • Out Door Digital motion cameras = $10,000.00
    • Indoor = $4,000.00
    • DVR System = $7,000.00
    • Security gates = $1,600.00
    • Window Tinting = $2,200.00

    Strategy 3 - Child Care Support for Student Parents

    • Student parent support through vouchers = $60,000.00
    • Student parent support through free/reduced child care = $60,000.00

    Strategy 4 - Update Technologies

    • 6 Apple iPad w/ WiFi = $4,200.00
    • 6 BluTooth Speakers = $300.00

    Strategy 5 - Renovating the CDC Interior Environment

    • Removing/replacing tile = $10,000.00
    • Window Tinting = $2,200.00

    Strategy 6 - Student Intern Support

    • 2 Student Interns = $11,000.00

    Current Revenue Stream

    The CDC is presently being funded beyond the Child Development Program by the following:

    Perkins IV $ 18,000.00

    Foundation account (donations)  $1,000

    Parent Tuition/Registration $160,000.00

    CACFP (Food Program) $ 5,000.00

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Art/Fam (CDC) Operating Expenses Accreditation Pursuit 11-000-520-1-130500 55100 $6,325.00 $0.00 In a highly competitive market and an ever improving field, national accreditation would help the CDC to continue to be a leader in the community and the field of Early Childhood Education. This would help the CDC in the following ways: • Collaboration with other agencies such as Head Start/Early Head Start and State Preschool for services would be seamless. • Grant funding would be more readily available. • Planning would be better focused for future endeavors, making the CDC a sustainable program. • Students would have the benefit of experiencing a lab that was aligned with jobs they will pursue in the community. • The CDC would be more responsive to the needs of families though high quality child care. • The program will be highly accountable and transparent in expectations.
    2 Yes Art/Fam (CDC) Equipment Security/Safety 11-000-520-1-30500 56410 $14,800.00 $0.00 Recently this has become a national concern. While the topic of firearms is a controversial, the safety of our most valuable resource, our children, is not. We should take whatever means possible to secure our schools and child care centers. To have one more of the types of tragedies, such as happened in Shady Brook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut would be unbearable. More needs to be done to secure our Child Development Center and our campus. Much of the infrastructure is already in place. With a few modifications and the replacement of cameras Butte College and the CDC could lead the community as an example of safety and security. Butte College has led the way in energy efficiency as a solar campus; wouldn't it be excellent if we could lead the nation as a model of safety with a secure campus for our students? • Six years ago, the CDC replaced one outside security dome camera. These dome cameras are very costly to replace, therefore only one was purchased. Over a year ago, two of the cameras came into disrepair and needed to be replaced. In order to reduce the cost of replacing two cameras at $10,000 dollars or more, it would be more cost effective to install 4 stationary cameras which would cover four directions, and require very little maintenance. Stationary cameras are relatively economical to replace as needed. Dome cameras are 5 times more expensive • The lab cameras and sound system is also in disarray and in need of replacement and repair
    3 Yes Arts/Fam (CDC) Operating Expenses Student Child Care Support 11-000-520-1-130500 57600 $120,000.00 $0.00 Student parents will be more successful: • When he/she has peace of mind that his/her child is being cared for in a high quality campus child care center • When he/she is on time to class and has less attendance issues • When he/she is less likely to drop out due to having to choose between parenting and school • When he/she find a support network of peers and helpful educators • When he/she has the availability to meet frequently with his/her child between class and during breaks • When parenting skills are enhanced and encouraged by well trained child care teachers • When the student has more time to focus on school work and less time worrying about parenting
    4 Yes Art/Fam (CDC) Equipment Technology Update 11-000-520-1-130500 56411 $4,500.00 $0.00 This would have multiple advantages: • Teachers would have literacy, music and information at their fingertips • The children would not lose focus while the teacher fumbles through Albums, CDs or Books to find information • Students would have a real world model of these technologies used in the classroom • Real world experience of technologies between the home and the CDC • Teachers could assess and track learning outcomes • Teachers would not have to leave the classroom to access a computer
    5 Yes Art/Fam (CDC) Facilities Renovation of Interior 11-000-520-1-130500 56410 $12,200.00 $0.00 These are health and safety concerns for families. Unfortunately, parents and students walk into a building that is nearly 20 years old and the interior is tired and worn. • Tiles are falling out of place, which creates a health and safety concern, as broken tiles are sharp and the counter is exposed is exposed • The kitchen cannot be kept sanitary in the places where tiles are missing • Windows could become a potential safety issue in case of a lock-down - exposing children • Parents and students wonder why the CDC interior is dingy and not more contemporary • Renovations have been made to the exterior, recently but not the interior
    6 Yes Art/Fam (CDC) Personnel Student Intern Support 11-000-520-1-130500 52468 $11,000.00 $0.00 Each semester the CDC offers a limited number of student internships. Working in the CDC is usually the first step in the students’ career pathway. These internships have proven to lead to competitive jobs in the field of Early Childhood Education.
    Total(s) $168,825.00 $0.00