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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.


Fall Workshops at The Children's Center at Caltech

Using the DRDP with Intention

The Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) is a useful tool that many programs use to measure a child's understanding, skills, and behaviors in a range of domains, determining their developmental level along a developmental continuum. Whether this is your first time implementing DRDP's or you're seeking new strategies, this workshop will help you make the most out this tool and your classroom practices. Learn how your environment can be utilized to incorporate DRDP measures, receive helpful handouts, and get more information on how to use the DRDP with intention. 

Saturday, September 17, 2022 (9-12pm)
Presenters:  Susan Wood, Director and Melissa Samples, STEM Curriculum Coordinator

     Light and Shadow with Infants

Children are born with natural curiosity to explore the world around them. Learn how toddlers gain knowledge about Earth Science through explorations with light and shadow. Join us as we look into the properties, color, mediums, and sources of light and shadow. This workshop will give you ideas on how light and shadow exploration can be implemented with infants and how the curriculum came to life in the environment with examples of materials and experiences. 

Saturday, October 15, 2022 (9-12pm)
Presenter: Tricia Lau, Lead Teacher and Eloisa McGah, Lead Teacher


Storytelling As Seen Through the Lens of STEM

Storytelling is a wonderful tool that is full of potential when used intentionally in the early childhood classroom. Children's storybooks are a common learning resource with many possibilities to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning. When we view stories through the lens of STEM, opportunities emerge to engage children with their favorite stories in new and exciting ways. This workshop will help you get the most out of storytelling as we share books, resources, materials and ideas that can be implemented in your own classroom to make storytelling meaningful!

Saturday, November 5, 2022 (9-12pm)
Presenter: Kristine Delicana, Lead Teacher and Olivia Garcia, Associate Director

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