Welcome to Our Program!

Formerly known as the “Child Development Center,” the Early Childhood Education Lab School (ECELS) consists of two sites.  The San Marcos Early Childhood Education Lab School is licensed for 12 infants (6-18 months) and 108 children, ages 18 months through 5 years old.  The Escondido Early Childhood Education Lab School is licensed for 44 children, ages 3-5 years.  Services are available to children of Palomar College Students, Faculty, and Staff, and to children of Community Parents.  All interested families, please fill out the appropriate Wait List Application form.

Subsidized services are provided to the children of Palomar College Students, and to the children of any family within the community, who qualify/meet the requirements set forth by the State of California, based on need and family size, and income.

Our Teaching Staff are trained Child Development Specialists and hold Child Development Permits from the California Department of Education Credentials Office.  Each classroom has either a Site Supervisor or a Master Teacher. Both sites serve as Lab schools for the Child Development Department students and students of other studies on campus.

Each teacher develops a balanced, developmentally appropriate, and flexible program to meet the needs of children in his/her classroom. Our program follows the research findings of Jean Piaget and other noted Child Development experts. They state that children of this age need to be active in their learning environment, experiencing the world with all of their senses through “hands-on” concrete experiences in order to assimilate the information.

The curriculum is planned to be appropriate for the age span of the children within the group and is implemented with attention to the different needs, interests, and developmental levels of each child. Opportunities to explore, investigate, manipulate, observe and discover in the following areas of curriculum; physical development (includes games and activities that foster physical development) dramatic play, language and literacy (storytelling and dramatizing) science, math, art, music/movement, nutrition, circle time (includes interaction and sharing) social and water-play.

We respect each child’s individuality and uniqueness. We believe that growth takes place in orderly sequences, one stage following another. We believe that the development of the whole child depends on appropriate physical, mental, and social nourishment supplied by the home, school, and community; and that play, both formal and organized, is significant to intellectual growth. We believe it is important for a child to have a pleasant childhood and a good beginning toward a successful life.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 2015 (Spanish Translation)

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

(1) correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; o

(3) correo electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov.

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

Esta institución es un proveedor de igualdad de oportunidades

The Early Childhood Education Lab School is operated on a non-discriminatory basis, giving equal treatment and access to services, without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin or ancestry.

The School policy states, “Program services and activities for enrolled families shall refrain from religious instruction, worship or practices.”

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Palomar Community College District Early Childhood Education Lab School welcomes the enrollment of children with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodation whenever possible to aid access to and participation in services programs, facilities, and activities.

Early Childhood Education Lab School
San Marcos Campus
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-1150 Ext. 2575

Special thanks to Marie Monforte at Marie Monforte Photography for use of several of her photos on our website.