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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

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, September 30th, 2023 (9-12pm) Presenter: Melissa Samples, STEM Curriculum Coordinator 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Educators have a vital role in cultivating inclusive learning environments that celebrate diversity. Join us for thought-provoking discussions and see practical examples of how to embrace diverse cultures, languages, abilities, and family structures in your classroom. You will leave with new insights and strategies to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Together, we can work towards building a more inclusive learning environment and future for all children.

Saturday, October 28th, 2023 (9-12pm)
Susan Wood, Executive Director 

Energy Makes Things Move!

Join us to learn how a group of 3-year-olds discovered the power of energy. You'll see examples of how they experienced force and experimented with energy to create motion! Utilizing many tools, materials, and simple machines, the children were able to make meaningful connections between energy, force, and motion. Get your program moving in exciting new directions with as you discover the many ways to incorporate STEM practices in your program!

Saturday, November 18th, 2023 (9-12pm) Presenter: Janet Nunez, 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