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San Luis Obispo Child Development Center

1720 Bishop St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 544-0801


We are a nonprofit community program providing child development and therapeutic interventions to strengthen families

We have earned special commendations as an exemplary early prevention and intervention program from the California State Department of Education for our unique “wrap around” child development/mental health and family services, and for outstanding community support and involvement in the program. Our program is based on the direct needs of the children & families and provides services, which meet the Children’s Service’s Networks’ SAFE model for effective and quality programs and in conjunction with the California Department of Education’s (CDE), Child Development Program Title 5, California Code of Regulations.

We provide a special place for children and parents, which have a feeling of family, safety, support, acceptance, and love. We assist families to be successful at work, at school, at home, in the community, and in life.

The SLOCDC works in partnership with families by involving them as the most important people in their children’s lives and basing the program on their needs as well as providing support groups.

Overall they hope to assist families in their efforts to have positive, meaningful, and healthy family relationships.

In addition to our full day child development childcare and therapy program for children ages 2–5 years, divided among three classrooms, (toddler, preschool and Pre-Kindergarten,) we also provide a school readiness/transition program for children entering kindergarten.

Our professional staff provides family counseling, group & individual play therapy for children, administration of our child nutrition program (which provides 80% of each child’s daily nutritional needs). Core components of our services to families are: Therapeutic Interventions and Case Management with referrals to other agencies for families to access essential community services; coupled with parent education and advocacy to expand parents’ capabilities to foster the best possible development of their children and themselves.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We are a child development program serving children ages 2-5. We also offer therapy services for children and families who need extra support. Subsidized child care and scholarships are available.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Social relationships and therapeutically appropriate relationships. Our focus is on the health and growth of the whole child, including the social and emotional health.

From the Director:

Children can succeed when their needs are nurtured. We work along side the family to develop healthy, happy children who are engaged in learning and positive social relationships.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child has specialized instruction, with the goal of preparing them for regular placement in an elementary school.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The San Luis Obispo Child Development Center supports and strengthens children through a whole-family approach of prevention, intervention, treatment, and education services.

A Typical Day

8:30 Breakfast
9:00-10:00 outdoor play
10:00-11:00 circle and group time
11:30 lunch
12:00 half day dismissal
12:30-2:30 nap
3:00 snack
3:30-5:30 full-day child care

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

At SLOCDC, we believe that parents are the primary educators in a child's life. We work with families in partnership to develop socially/emotionally healthy children with a love of learning. We know, after 40+ years, that children learn best when families are strong. We also offer a variety of family-strengthening services at our Center to help enhance everyone's love of learning and positive growth.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

First day of school plan is made with each parent during their intake.