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Child Development Center

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 Butte College Main Campus

Director: Julie VanderEyck
(530) 895-2865
Days and Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Now Enrolling Children 6 Weeks to 5 Years old!!!

For enrollment information or to be placed on the waiting list contact Nicole Cancilla, CDC Administrative Secretary (530) 895-2803.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!! We are excited to announce we were awarded a CSPP (California State Preschool) Grant! The CSPP grant will provide comprehensive preschool/childcare services for free to low cost to qualifying families!

Who is eligible?

A. Child must be 3 or 4 years by September 1, 2016

B. Eligibility shall be established for both part-day/full-days by considering 1, 2, 3, or 4 below.

1.       Family is income eligible. (Income Ceiling Information)

2.       Child has a diagnosed special needs.

3.       Parents work or go to school.

4.       Family is considered “at risk” per county welfare office.

*Full day services require a need established for both parents in the home.


If you are interested in our new CSPP program please fill out our Pre-Screening Application. Click here.


Mission Statement
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.

Enrollment Application 
The Child Development Center offers programs for children 6 Weeks 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.

Enrollment Process
• Submit Application (click here)
• Pay registration fee (CSPP children exempt) This fee is refundable if we are not able to accommodate your childcare needs.
• Complete the provided State of California Community Care Licensing forms
• Attend Parent Orientation

Tuition Information (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.

High Quality Care for Children (6 weeks - 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.  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.  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. We now offer free to low cost California State Preschool options for community members, student parents, and children with special needs.

Responsive to Families' Needs
The CDC director, teachers and staff are highly-motivated and responsive to parents' suggestions and requests. We strive for open communication and with our new CSPP program we will be providing more comprehensive services for families in need.

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.

Meals and Snacks
All meals and snacks provided by Butte College Child Development center are highly-nutritious and meet the USDA and California Department of Education nutritional guidelines and recommendations. The CDC's food program is funded by the  Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). 

The CDC Provides all child with a nutritious breakfast and snack, prepared on-site. In terms of lunches:

  • Preschool Children (ages 30 months to 5) are provided lunch daily. Food is prepared and delivered daily by Butte's cafeteria. The California State Preschool Program (CSPP) grant  that was awarded to the CDC are mandates and funds lunches for preschool children.
  • Parents of infants and toddlers provide their children lunches. Specific policies will be shared with all families prior to the start of the semester to ensure that nutritional guidelines are followed and children's health and safety concerns are addressed.

Meals and snacks are provided by the Child Development Center are served family-style and children are encouraged to serve themselves when they are able. Children also learn about nutrition during meal times. Meals at the CDC are intended to be a time for relaxing conversation and good nutrition.

 For USDA Nondiscrimination Statement (click here)

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:

• Art
• Cooking and Food
• Dramatic Play
• Health and Safety
• Language Arts
• Math
• Music
• Science
• Large and Small Motor Skills
• Water, Sand, and Mud
• Woodworking

Child Development Center Staff

Director: Julie VanderEyck

Administrative Secretary: Nicole Cancilla

Master Teachers:

  • Heidi Davis
  • Steven Hanson
  • Ashley Bridges
  • Keri Smith
  • Tammy Thumma-Alvidrez





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