Mission & Philosophy

Mission Statement

The Children’s Center at Caltech (CCC) is a non-profit organization providing high quality early education and care for children ages six months through six years for the Caltech, JPL and Pasadena communities. Caring, nurturing and qualified educators, trained and experienced in child development and early childhood education, staff... Continue Reading


The Children’s Center uses a constructivist approach, that is children constructing knowledge based on real experiences, inspired by other various educational approaches such as the Project Approach, Emergent Curriculum, Maria Montessori’s Practical Life and Game Shelf, Reggio Emilia, and Froebel Gifts to build a learning environment that tells children they... Continue Reading

Our History

The Children’s Center at Caltech opened in 1972 in a former home that had also been used as a dormitory, at 293 S. Chester. It was founded with the approval of Caltech by a group of Caltech wives and students, plus several non-Caltech Pasadena women. Like most child care centers,... Continue Reading

Our Staff

The Children’s Center is staffed with highly qualified educators trained in Early Childhood Education. Many of our teachers hold Associate’s, Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees. Our low teacher/child ratios allow for the staff to plan and provide a high quality program in each of our classrooms.

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Board of Trustees

A Board of Trustees governs the Children’s Center. The Board consists of parents, staff, and members of the community who are elected by the general membership of the Children’s Center. The Board has full legal responsibility for the Center. The officers are voted in once a year and parent participation... Continue Reading


We are currently accepting resumes.  Please do not call the office regarding employment.

Science Curriculum Coordinator

Science Curriculum Coordinator Job Description

Please see the PDF above for qualifications and responsibilities.  If qualified, please email your resume to SharonD@caltech.edu with the subject line... Continue Reading


The Children’s Center at Caltech is located on the Caltech Campus at 1200 E California Blvd in Pasadena.  We are easily accessible from both the 110 (Harbor) and 210 (Foothill) freeways. You can also get here using public transportation through Foothill Transit, MTA, or the ARTS shuttle bus lines.

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