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Professional Development Division

Since 1972, The Children's Center at Caltech (CCC) has been offering high quality child care and education for children ages six month to six years. In 2000, our research lead us to adopt STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curricula as a focus of our early childhood program. As leaders in STEM Early Childhood education, we launched ECSTEM in 2011, and host an annual conference bringing together educators, policy makers, researchers and other vested community stakeholders to address the needs of our youngest citizens.

Due to the overwhelming demand for tours of our facilities, and requests for professional growth workshops, we have formed a Professional Development Division (PDD) that arranges tours, on-site visits and workshops at the CCC.


Spring Workshops at The Children's Center at Caltech

No Windows, No Doors

Join us as we discuss how to make science, technology, engineering, and mathematics available to young children outdoors. Learn more about our Outdoor STEM Lab and how we implement curriculum activities in outdoor environments for children to explore. Whether you have a dedicated space or not, STEM can happen anywhere!

Saturday, March 16th, 2024
 (9-12pm) Presenter: Melissa Samples, STEM Curriculum Coordinator 

Art Through the Lens of STEM

Art and Music are often seen as separate and unrelated to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Join us to learn how STEM integrates all other content areas seamlessly. Come away with a new perspective on STEM and find out how we can still have the art without the "A" in STEM!

Saturday, April 27th, 2024
Susan Wood, Executive Director 

Scale and Structure

This workshop will share a year-long curriculum of building with toddlers. You'll see examples of how they explored key concepts involved with construction like balance and stability, materials for building, and types of structures. 

Saturday, May 18th, 2024 (9-12pm) Presenter: Lorena Meza, Lead Teacher

If interested in an Educator Tour of The Children's Center at Caltech, please call the office at 626.395.6860 to schedule your visit, then please fill out the educator tour form and mail to us at the address below.

For questions regarding Educator Tours or the PDD Workshop Series, please call 626.395.6860 or email

Please complete the registration form and mail along with payment to: The Children's Center at Caltech, 1200 E. California Blvd. MC 1-133, Pasadena, CA 91125; Attention: PDD