Each classroom is staffed by one Early Childhood Education (ECE) Instructional Specialist, who acts as the supervising teacher, and two ECE Instructional Apprentices, who act as assistant teachers. Assistant teachers must have completed a minimum of 12 units in child development and (ideally) have completed the student internship prior to their teaching appointment. Our supervising teachers actually have, or are in the process of completing, their Master's degrees in child development. The education, training, and experience of center staff are prime factors contributing to overall program quality. Beginning Fall 2014, ECE Instructional Apprentices must also be full-time MiraCosta students, enrolled in 12 or more units.
Our preschool classrooms enroll no more than 22 children daily while maintaining a teacher/child ratio no higher than 1:8. Our younger preschool classroom (Room #3) enrolls no more than 18 children daily and maintains a teacher/child ratio no higher than 1:6. The toddler classrooms enroll as many as 12 (Room #1) or 15 children (Room #2) each day and maintains a teacher/child ratio of no higher than 1:5.
The Child Development Center is a learning environment for both children and adults. Child Development students (having completed their initial internship) most often serve as our ECE Apprentices. There are student teachers (interns) enrolled in CHLD270: Preschool Teacher Internship whose work at the center is often the culmination of their course requirements. These students are under the supervision of College instructional faculty and the classroom supervising teachers. Other Child Development students may be involved in Service Learning as well as in observing and studying children enrolled at the center through assignments offered in various Child Development courses. Center staff also include a Center Director, a ECE Program Specialist, and an ECE Office Specialist (who coordinates the day-to-day operation of the Center).