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                The Child Development Program is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year.   We currently offer preschool programs for children 3 to 5 years of age. 

                              Our preschool classrooms offer both half day and full day preschool (3 day minimum) to College of Marin Students, Faculty and Staff.  

                                  The Child Development Program welcomes members of our local community to enroll their children in our program. 


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, CA   94939  415.457.8811, ext. 7468

                                                                             Indian Valley Children's Center:  1800 Ignacio Blvd. BLDG 12,  Novato, CA   94949,  415.457.8811, ext. 8170


ELIGIBILITY:   Children must be three years old by December 1, 2016 to be eligible to enroll in our preschool centers during for the Fall 2016 Semester. 



Community members (not affiliated with College of Marin): fees based on a daily ratePlease call 415.485.9468 for current rates.

COM Faculty and Staff: Employee discount off of full fee

COM Students: Student discount off of full fee OR:

Students may be income eligible for subsidized fees by the California Department of Education and 10,000 Degrees.  Fees are on a sliding scale 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.

To be eligible for state subsidized care, children must be three years old by September 1, 2016.  At least one parent must be either an employee of the College of Marin or a College of Marin student. 

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.

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.  We are a NUT FREE program.

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.  Parent involvement is strongly encouraged! 

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 email to 

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. 7468 or email the Director, Lori Moraca, at

Last updated:  3.28.2016

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