Child Development Lab (CDL)

The Child Development Lab (CDL) is the early childhood teaching/learning laboratory for CSU, Chico. We operate an early education and care program for student-parents, staff, faculty and the community.

  • The Associated Students Child Development Lab provides childcare for children of students, staff and faculty within the University community. Children of students are given first priority. Community families are also welcome when space is available.
  • The Center is licensed by the State Department of Social Services.
  • Licensed Capacity for 16 children who are 8 weeks to 2 years old and 85 children who are 2 years to 5 years old.
  • Hours:
    Monday: 7:30am – 5:15pm | Tuesday – Friday: 7:30am – 5:30pm
  • You can find us in the Aymer J. Hamilton, Room 120 (north end of campus)
  • License Numbers: 045403573; 041370381; 041372888



AS Child Development Lab Philosophy

The Associated Students Child Development Lab (ASCDL) philosophy is based on respect for the uniqueness of each individual child, their family and culture. Children come to the program from varying backgrounds and bring with them their own family values, cultures and language. They also come with unique personalities and temperaments and are at varying levels of development and maturation. In partnership, staff, students, faculty and families create a safe, nurturing environment. This supports the California Desired Results, that states children will be personally and socially competent; effective learners; demonstrate physical and motor competence; and be safe & healthy.

The ASCDL believes in forming relationships and learning how your child discovers the world. This learning informs how staff and students plan, organize and teach your child. Children’s learning is a complex process that results from the interaction of a child’s own thinking and their experiences in the external world. Children “learn by doing”. Infants and Toddlers learn primarily through their senses such as tasting, physical exploration and grasping. Preschoolers learn by interacting with materials and people. As children develop, they acquire new skills that facilitate the learning process. Children construct their knowledge through their interactions with the social, as well as the physical world. The teacher’s role is to intentionally create, organize, and sustain classroom environments and opportunities that support children’s learning.

The ASCDL uses the evidence-based Creative Curriculum model that supports children’s inquiries, experiences and opportunities to learn. This learning occurs through a variety of modalities (visual, auditory, sensory, etc.). The Lab offers children teacher-planned and child-initiated opportunities to learn. Using the Creative Curriculum, the environment is divided into interest areas. Each area is designed to support a learning focus. Planning for children’s learning is based upon teacher’s observations and reflections on the interests, individual needs and developing skills of the children. Children’s learning and development are assessed using the California Department of Education, Child Development Division, Desired Results Developmental Profiles. The curriculum supports the state of California’s Learning Foundations which include: social/emotional development; language & literacy; math; science; visual and performing arts; physical development and health; social studies; and English language development.

The Associated Students Child Development Lab is operated on a non-discriminatory basis, according to equal treatment and access to services without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, or ancestry. Child Development services provided by the Associated Students Child Development Lab do not include religious instruction or worship.

Office Hours & Location


Monday: 7:30am – 5:15pm
Tuesday – Friday: 7:30am – 5:30pm


Aymer J. Hamilton • Room 120 (north end of campus)
CSU, Chico


045403573; 041370381; 041372888

Contact Us

Phone: (530) 898-5865
Fax: (530) 898-5639


Associated Students CDL 385
California State University, Chico
400 W 1st Street
Chico, CA 95929