Child Development Center


Helping to shape our youth into confident, productive, well-adjusted people since 1980.

As a well-known African proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The Fairplex Child Development Center strives to be a key part of that “village.” The Center is a private, non-profit organization in partnership with the Los Angeles County Fair Association and the University of La Verne.

In 1980, the Center began as a child care resource for Fairplex employees. In 1991, two major milestones occurred. A new building was constructed to increase enrollment capacity, and the Center formed a partnership with the University of La Verne. This new alliance established the Center as a lab school and hands-on training facility for students pursuing a Child Development degree from the University of La Verne.

Today, the Center serves children eight weeks to preschool age, in specially designed infant, toddler and preschool classrooms. The Center is licensed under Title 22 under the Department of Social Services. We follow Title 5 under the California Department of Education Code for teacher qualifications and ratios.

Integrating development of the whole child
Our curriculum focuses on a child’s four primary developmental domains: cognitive, language, social-emotional and physical. We emphasize first-hand experiences in play, oral language, listening, books and phonemic awareness. Our facility is adjacent to the grounds of the nation’s largest county fair. This provides the unique opportunity to have amazing hands-on educational experiences – “from apples to zoo” -- that cannot be taught in a classroom.

Our Mission

Our Mission
We are a premier model, early care and education program in collaboration with the University of La Verne. Our staff and leadership are dedicated to providing the highest quality, safe, nurturing, educational environment where diverse children, families and adults come together to learn and grow. We cherish children, support families, build community among diversity and pursue excellence in early education.