helping to shape our youth into confident, productive, well-adjusted people since 1980.

As a well-known African proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The Fairplex Child Development Center strives to be a key part of that “village.” The Center is a private, non-profit organization in partnership with the Los Angeles County Fair Association and the University of La Verne.

In 1980, the Center began as a child care resource to under-served communities. In 1991, two major milestones occurred. A new building was constructed to increase enrollment capacity, and the Center formed a partnership with the University of La Verne. This new alliance established the Center as a lab school and hands-on training facility for students pursuing a Child Development degree from the University of La Verne.

Today, the Center serves children twelve weeks to kindergarten age, in specially designed infant, toddler, and preschool classrooms. The Center is licensed under Title 22 under the Department of Social Services. We follow Title 5 under the California Department of Education Code for teacher qualifications and ratios.

Integrating development of the whole child

Our curriculum focuses on a child’s four primary developmental domains: cognitive, language, social-emotional, and physical. We emphasize first-hand experiences in play, oral language, listening, books, and phonemic awareness. Our facility is adjacent to the grounds of the nation’s largest county fair. This provides the unique opportunity to have amazing hands-on educational experiences – “from Apples to Zoo” -- that cannot be taught in a classroom.

“Our purpose is to improve our community by educating and preparing today’s children, their families, and tomorrow’s teachers to succeed in a diverse and changing world” — Paul Strand

our mission

We are a premier model, early care, and education program in collaboration with the University of La Verne. Our staff and leadership are dedicated to providing the highest quality, safe, nurturing, educational environment where diverse children, families, and adults come together to learn and grow. We cherish children, support families, build community among diversity, and pursue excellence in early education.