Child Development Center Turns 30

May 20, 2024

CDC turns 30

On May 16th, 2024, LTCC marked a significant milestone as it commemorated the 30th anniversary of its esteemed Child Development Center (CDC). Since its inception three decades ago, the CDC has stood as a pillar of support for the children of LTCC students, faculty, and the wider South Lake Tahoe community.

The celebratory event served as a joyful gathering, bringing together members of the community for light refreshments, guided tours of the CDC facilities, and inspiring remarks from CDC leaders and current Coyote Pups. The highlight of the festivities was the ceremonial cutting of a birthday cake, symbolizing the enduring impact and commitment of LTCC to early childhood education.

Situated conveniently on campus, the CDC is a fully licensed childcare facility catering to children aged six weeks to six years old. It serves as a model institution for Early Childhood Education students, offering a dynamic, play-based curriculum tailored to the individual developmental needs of each child. Operating year-round, the CDC plays a vital role in supporting the educational and professional pursuits of LTCC students, staff, and local residents alike.

Leslie Amato, the Director of Early Learning Programs at LTCC, expressed pride in the center's legacy of service, stating, “Celebrating 30 years of our Child Development Center at LTCC is a testament to our commitment to supporting our community’s needs. We are proud of the impact we have made on countless LTCC students and their families and look forward to continuing to serve their educational and developmental needs for many more years to come.”

Recognizing the significance of childcare accessibility as a key barrier to higher education, LTCC has prioritized providing convenient access to campus-based early learning programs. In collaboration with the Tahoe Parents Nursery School (TPNS) and Bridge Language Academy, the CDC strives to streamline services for student-parents. While maintaining a waitlist, priority is given to LTCC students, employees, and currently enrolled families whenever space becomes available.

As LTCC celebrates this milestone, the commitment to fostering a supportive learning environment for both students and their families remains unwavering. With the CDC at its heart, LTCC continues to uphold its dedication to nurturing the growth and development of the community's youngest members, ensuring a bright and promising future for all.

Cutting the cermonial cake at CDC 30th birthdayLeaders of the Child Development Center at LTCC