Transform the Future Together, From Birth to Adulthood

Children's Center & Lab School

It is the Mission of the Cabrillo College Children's Center & Lab School to "Transform the Future Together, From Birth to Adulthood" by offering a high-quality and diverse early care and education learning environment and a strong Early Childhood Workforce Development Program. The Center embraces a collaborative culture that is respectful, supportive, inclusive and embraces the diversity of all children, families, students and the community.

Thank you for your interest in the Cabrillo College Children's Center & Lab School. Our website provides you with important information on our mission, philosophy, guiding principles, program offerings, how to apply for services, our staff and classrooms as well as family resources.

Who We Serve


The Children's Center offers services and opportunities to four primary groups:

Infants, toddlers and preschoolers of Cabrillo College student parents are provided with free or low-cost subsidized child care services to support their process of obtaining their General Education Degrees, Career Technical Education (CTE) Certificate, working toward an identified vocational/workforce training goal, transferring to a four-year university, employed on campus or in our community. Community and faculty families are also welcome to enroll their child into the Children's Center & Lab School

Cabrillo College students enrolled in our Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program receive intensive, high quality, workforce development mentoring and training opportunities in our "hands on" laboratory setting.

Students and community observers from around the county, state and nation are provided with non-intrusive child observation and research opportunities for individuals enrolled in Cabrillo and surrounding colleges (UCSC, SJSU, CSUMB) studying human development, psychology, anthropology, nursing and beyond. On an annual basis, we are proud to host ECE students from Bunkyo, Japan.

The greater Santa Cruz County and California communities are supported by an exemplary workforce who have successfully obtained their ECE course units or A.S. Degree through high-quality mentoring in the only "Hands-On Laboratory School" in Santa Cruz County.

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