Alpine Children’s Center offers child development |

Alpine Children’s Center offers child development

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Alpine Children’s Center, located on the Diamond Valley School site in Woodfords, Calif., has been licensed by California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing to do a child development program for six toddlers ages 18 months to 30 months old. The staffing ratio is one teacher for every four toddlers.

Associate Teacher Teresa Horse and Assistant Teacher Connie Kizer will be doing the program. Horse has 12 units in early childhood education and is working on her degree in early childhood education. Kizer has six ECE units, and plans on continuing her education also.

Alpine Children’s Center has been open since 1980. The center is licensed for children from 18 months to 14 years old. It is open year-round. The center not only offers a child development program for toddlers, it has a preschool program and a school age program. All teaching staff either have their degree in early childhood education or are working toward their degree.

Children are served three meals and two snacks a day at the center. There is no additional cost for the meals and snacks served. Because ACC is on the child care nutrition program, the children are always served meals and snacks that meet the federal guidelines.

ACC is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m to 6 p.m. There are subsidized programs available for families living or working in California. Cost for child care is $2.25 per hour for school age, $2.50 per hour for preschool age, and $2.75 per hour for toddlers. For full-time children, there are daily and monthly maximum rates.

Alpine Children’s Center is only 15-20 minutes from the Gardnerville area. Children enjoy seeing the deer grazing around the center from early spring through late summer. The center’s own pets include a bunny and a very old cat. This summer, the children will be planting vegetables that will be served at the center. One day a week, the children are transported by private cars to the Carson Valley Swim Center in Gardnerville.

For more information about how to enroll in any of the three programs, call secretary Karen Hamann at (530) 694-2390.

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