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The Child Development Program is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 academic year.

College of Marin Child Development Program provides high quality early education for the infants, toddlers, and preschool age children of College of Marin students, with priority going to low-income student families.  Centers are located on the Kentfield and Indian Valley campuses.  The centers provide child care during fall and spring semesters and are open Mondays to Thursdays from 7:45 am to 5:00 pm and on Fridays from 7:45 am to 1:00 pm.

The Preschool Centers serve as demonstration classrooms that annually provide child observation, research and practicum opportunities, student teacher training, and Work Study jobs for more than 400 College of Marin students who are taking courses in Early Childhood Education, Pediatric Nursing, Child Psychology/Human Development, Behavioral Science, and related fields.

Preschool Centers

Kentfield Child study center:  1144 Magnolia avenue, larkspur 94939  457.8811, ext. 7468

Indian Valley Children's Center:  1800 ignacio blvd. BLDG 12, novato 94949, 457.8811, ext. 8170

The College of Marin Children's Centers are California State Preschool Programs and provide part and full-day preschool on both the Kentfield and Indian Valley campuses for the children of COM students.  A limited number of full cost slots are available for COM faculty, staff, and community members.

Eligibility: Children must be three years old by December 1, 2014 to be eligible to enroll in our preschool centers during the 2014-15 academic year.  Children must be three years old by September 1, 2014 to be eligible for state subsidized care.  At least one parent must be either an employee of the College of Marin or a College of Marin student.  Community families may be eligible for full cost enrollment if space allows. 

  1. Student parents must be enrolled in at least 6 credit units or at least 9 hours of non-credit ESL each semester.  Student parents must have an Educational Plan approved by a counselor.  All courses must lead to a vocational or educational goal, such as an associate degree, a skills certificate, or transfer to a four-year university.  COM student parents must make academic progress every semester to continue to be eligible for child care services.

Parent Fees:  Child care fees are based on family income and may be subsidized or full cost:

  1. Subsidized fees:  Fees for income eligible student families are subsidized by the California Department of Education and 10,000 Degrees (formerly Marin Education Fund) and are on a sliding scale that ranges from no cost to full cost, depending on family income and family size.  Priority for subsidized child care goes to the lowest income student families.  Student parents who are applying for subsidized fees are expected to apply for Financial Aid.
  1. Full cost fees:  COM students whose incomes exceed state guidelines for subsidized care pay full cost fees, as do faculty, staff, and community members. 

Preschool Curriculum

The Preschool Centers offer a play based curriculum that supports children's cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development.  The children enjoy age appropriate learning activities and projects that support their developing ideas and interests.  Activities include creative arts and music, dramatic play, blocks, games, early literacy, sand and water play, math and science explorations, and large motor play, such as climbing and tricycle riding.  Children enjoy a free nutritious breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack each day.  Meals are cooked on site and served family style with teachers joining children at the table for conversation and community building.  The program offers parent education and partners with a variety of community-based agencies, such as the Early Childhood Mental Health Program, Parent Services Project, and Raising A Reader, whose services support family success and children's healthy development.

Preliminary Application Forms

To download a Preliminary Application for the Preschool Centers:

Please complete the application form and fax the application to 415.884.2079 or mail to Child Development Program Office, 1800 Ignacio Blvd., Novato CA 94949. 

IVC Early Head Start Infant Toddler Center:  1800 IGNACIO BLVD. Bldg 12, NOVATO 94949; 457-8811, ext 8171

The Early Head Start Center on the Indian Valley campus in Novato provides infant/toddler care to student families with children ages birth to three years.  There is no cost to eligible families.  To apply, please call Marin Head Start at 415.883.3791 or to download an application, visit: 

 Be sure to indicate on the application that you are a COM student parent applying for the IVC Early Head Start Center.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

For more information, please call the Child Development Program Office at 415.457.8811, ext. 8221 or email the Director at

Last updated:  3.19.14

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Child Development Program web page
Technical Responsible: Linda Fahy, Administrative Assistant, 415.457.8811 ext. 8221
Content Responsible: Lyda Beardsley, Director 415.457.8811, ext. 7132