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Professional Development Division

Since 1972, The Children's Center at Caltech (CCC) has been offering high quality child care and education for children ages six month to six years. In 2000, our research lead us to adopt STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curricula as a focus of our early childhood program. As leaders in STEM Early Childhood education, we launched ECSTEM in 2011, and host an annual conference bringing together educators, policy makers, researchers and other vested community stakeholders to address the needs of our youngest citizens.

 Due to the overwhelming demand for tours of our facilities, and requests for professional growth workshops, we have formed a Professional Development Division (PDD) that arranges tours, on-site visits and workshops at the CCC.



Postponed -  Date TBD

Crawling into Gardening

Every garden is a community garden.  What is soil?  We will introduce infants and toddlers to the basics of soil.  We crawl in it, we dig in it, we grow with it; we explore, discover and investigate with it.  Come and experience a developmentally appropriate curriculum that introduces gardening to young children.  Learn how to build a gardening community for the youngest learners.

December 2018 TBD 2018 (9am-12pm)
The Children's Center at Caltech
Presenters: Mirella Rodriguez, Angeline Picasso, and Stephanie Ngyuen, Senior Teachers


Sing, Play, Bounce, and Wiggle: Creative and Improvised Patterns by Exploring Math in Music

This workshop will awaken, develop, and refine innate musicality through STEM based music and movement activities for early childhood years.  The session will encourage to build strong foundation for future development of language, social-emotional, and motor skills for young children by introducing ear-training, singing games, solfege, finger plays, song-tales, echo songs, folk dance, playing patterns on non-pitched percussion instruments, and pitched barred instruments.

Saturday, October 27, 2018 (9am-12pm)
The Children's Center at Caltech
Presenter: Dayita Datta, Music Specialist

Examining Similarities and Differences thorugh Science Exploration

Children are innately aware of differences and similarities in their surroundings. How can we support and develop this understanding through science exploration? See how one toddler classroom took on variation through exploration of various species of flowers, plants, animals, and eventually their own bodies (eye color, shades of skin color).

Saturday, November 10, 2018 (9-12pm)
Presenters: Melissa Samples, Lead Teacher & Jessica Lockridge, Senior Teacher


If interested in an Educator Tour of The Children's Center at Caltech, please call the office at 626.395.6860 to schedule your visit, then please fill out the educator tour form and mail to us at the address below.

For questions regarding Educator Tours or the PDD Workshop Series, please call 626.395.6860.

The Children’s Center at Caltech, 1200 E. California Blvd. MC 1-133, Pasadena, CA 91125; Attention: PDD