Child Development Center

On July 21, 2020, LA County approved $15 million of CARES Act funding for child care vouchers to serve essential workers and low-income families.  This funding will provide 5,000 low-income families and essential workers with child care through December 30, 2020.  The LA County Department of Public Health’s Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education, in partnership with the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles, is leading this effort.

 How can parents apply?

  • Families seeking child care may apply for a voucher by completing an online application found at  For further assistance, you may call (888) 92-CHILD or (888) 922-4453.
  • After the family completes the online application, it is automatically routed to a local partner agency for processing. This will be the local Resource and Referral/Alternative Payment agency who will assist families with the child care voucher application process and their child care options. 
  • Once approved, families will be able to use the voucher with any licensed child care program or Trustline approved license exempt provider (Family, Friend or Neighbor) in LA County.

 Who is eligible?

Eligible families must be either essential workers or low-income working families.  Families who are eligible include:

  • Essential workers or low-income working families (essential worker includes: parents/guardians working in essential services such as, the health care industry, emergency services, food and agriculture, and other businesses currently open as per the Governor's most recent guidelines)
  • Must live in Los Angeles County
  • Need child care to perform their essential work
  • Is not able to work remotely
  • Meet certain income eligibility
  • If the family includes a two-parent household, both parents must either be essential workers or the other parent must be unable to provide care for the child due to incapacitation.

If interested, please apply through



WE ARE OPEN, OPEN, OPEN and it's going great! We are physically open and are taking applications for our in-person state preschool and tuition-based programs and distance learning state preschool. 

Children need to be three years old on or before September 1st, 2020.

Please email for an application or stop by the center during the following hours: 8:30-11:00 a.m. and/or 1:00-3:30 p.m.






Although physically closed, the CDC has been fully operational (remotely). The teachers have been zooming with children and families, providing resources, and Katarina (the director) has been enrolling new children.

We still have spaces in our state preschool afternoon session so please email me at and I will send you an application. If you need a morning session, we will gladly place you on the waiting list for now. 

Stay well and safe:)



Reopening of the CDC has been postponed - all July 1st start children - please do not come tomorrow. We will be closed July 1st - July 15th. Please email the teachers or me at

Thank you. 



State Preschool New Income Guidelines

Schedule of Income Ceilings (85% SMI)
for State Fiscal Year 2020-21 Child Care and Development Programs

Family Size Family Monthly Income Family Yearly Income
1-2 $5,540 $66,479
3 $6,157 $73,885
4 $7,069 $84,822
5 $8,199 $98,393
6 $9,330 $111,965
7 $9,542 $114,509
8 $9,755 $117,054
9 $9,967 $119,598
10 $10,179 $122,143
11 $10,391 $124,687
12 $10,603 $127,232

If your gross monthly income is below the amount for the family size, you qualify for state preschool (half-day) for your three and/or four-year-old child.

Please see the application below or email




Dear Families:

the State Preschool Application has been posted (see link below). You will need to download it, fill it out, save it, and then email it to Please provide your phone number so that I can call you and let you know what type of documentation is needed. The preschool is a half-day program for three and four-year-olds and it is subsidized by the state (you won't pay anything). The start day is either in July or August - we will find that out soon. Please share it with your families and friends. 


Tuition preschool: please email and I will email you the application. 

Looking forward to seeing some of you back as well as meeting some new families. For any questions, please email me at


California State Preschool Preliminary Application

Click here to view and download the California State Preschool Preliminary Application. Please complete the application in full and email to


Applications for CDC for 2020/21 year are coming soon. Please keep checking this website!



Pandemic EBT

Get help buying food while schools are closed 

Get help buying food while schools are closed Because schools are closed due to COVID-19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get up to $365 in food benefits in addition to their pick up meals from school. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT. 


Pandemic EBT

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits will be available for eligible California families soon!

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.

Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries.

Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving in May, 2020.

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail, must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will launch in late May.





Ideas for Supporting Young Children’s Math Skills During Coronavirus and Beyond

With many schools and childcare centers closed, there is a critical need for learn-at-home materials focused around early math. DREME’s At-Home Early Math Learning Kit for Families offers practical, research-based strategies that busy families can use to support their young children’s early math learning—at home, right now, for free, and without special materials. Available also in Spanish, these fun and easy ideas are geared toward children from birth through age 8 and can help families use their time together to explore math in everyday home routines.

Included in this kit are:

  • Reading tips for finding and talking about math in picture books.
  • Recipes that inspire math conversations in the kitchen.
  • Math snacks—quick and easy ideas for finding and talking about math in everyday family routines, such as mealtime and clean-up.
  • Card games that allow children to practice skills like adding and comparing numbers.

Download At-Home Early Math Learning Kit

Tell Us: How Are You Using and Sharing the Kit?

Feel free to download these resources and share them widely. We know that families are amazing innovators and we would love to hear how they are using and adapting these resources. Please send your stories and questions to

Stay tuned for more learn-at-home resources in the coming months. For more activities and ideas, visit the new DREME Family Math website. We will be adding more early math content for families soon, so keep checking back!



Get Help 

Staying within budget during an emergency can be difficult and stressful, but keeping your family properly fed is critical. Find out how to get nutritional assistance through government programs and other resources. Keep in mind these options to assist you in getting access to food:

More resources: 


Interactive map for food pantries: search by zip code:


Who Needs Toys? Household Items to Entertain Children!



Free resources for learning at home:


Drive Through Pantry this Saturday, 4/18/20; 12:30-1:30.

Where: The Highlands Christian Fellowship, 39625 20th St. W, Palmdale



Dear Families:

hope everyone has been enjoying blue skies these past two days.

Here is a fun music/dance activity to do at home with a whole family:

And listen to Brown Bear, Brown Bear at:



A few videos on how to help your child learn at home:


Stay safe!



Dear CDC Parents:

We hope you and your family are doing well. The teachers have been in contact with many of you in different ways (zoom, email, text) so we encourage you to contact your child's teacher (see below) and/or continue this "keeping in touch" with them. 

Below you will find additional resources that you can use with older children as well. They are from the Department of Education website and are being suggested to the parents. 

And again, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Stay healthy, Katarina



Drive-through Food Pantry: Saturday, April 4th; 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Where: The Highlands Christian Fellowship, 39625 20th St. W, Palmdale



Dear CDC families:

In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak and related campus closure, CDC is closed until May 31st. We know your child is at home probably wondering why they are not coming to school. We would like to send them a personal note as well as provide you with some resources that can keep you and your child occupied at home. 


The AVC CDC has a page on the Antelope Valley College website:

You can email us at: (Ms. Katarina) (Mrs. D.) (Ms. Fiske) (Ms. King) (Ms. Burke) - please cc when emailing Ms. Burke

Thank you and we miss you too!

Applications for preschool for  Summer/Fall 2020 will be available on June 1st at the Child Development Center. Please contact 661.722.6300, extension 6500 for more information.



Dear Families:

If you have any questions regarding the Child Development Center and/or want some resources, please contact me at: and I will be happy to forward your email to your child's teacher.

Please include your child's name in your email as well as the name of your child's teacher or room number for better identification. Thank you and stay safe!

Ms. Katarina (director)

Dear Families:

Antelope Valley College has responded to the threat of the COVID-19 virus and our college is closed (including the CDC). The students are scheduled to return to the college on April 13th, however, please check the college website for the updates. The staff is expected to return to the campus on April 6th.

Here are some websites that may assist you in keeping your child(ren) engaged at home:

Stay safe and healthy and all of us at the CDC miss you and your children.

Child Development Center

Applications for preschool for  Summer/Fall 2020 will be available on June 1st at the Child Development Center. Please contact 661.722.6300, extension 6500 for more information.

The Antelope Valley College Child Development Center (CDC) is an on-campus laboratory preschool which provides developmental programs for children two years to five years of age. The CDC is licensed by the State of California. The purposes of the CDC are to:

  • Provide a comprehensive program of services for children two to five years of age.
  • Serve as a model center for the education and care of young children.
  • Demonstrate family-centered early childhood education practices through home/school collaboration and parent education.
    Serve as a professional development site for Early Childhood Education Certificate preparation.

The CDC is open Monday through Friday, with morning and/or afternoon sessions. Enrollment is open to students, faculty, staff, and the community. Application forms are available at the Child Development Center.

A state preschool program offers subsidized preschool to eligible children.

lic. # 197401581


Last updated: September 23, 2020