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Child Development Programs

Sierra College Child Development Center

On the Nevada County Campus

The mission of the Child Development Center (CDC) is to provide an exemplary learning environment for the children of students, staff, and community members.  The CDC also provides a demonstration laboratory setting for enrolled Sierra College students, while collaborating with community agencies and is a valuable resource to provide an exemplary early childhood education model.

Partnership Preschool – TKM Campus

The mission of Partnership Preschool is to provide a full inclusion preschool program that serves both general education students alongside special education students in a high-quality preschool setting.

Toddler Program

The Toddler Program enrolls children ages 18-36 months. The hours are 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, year-round. The teacher-child ratio is 1:4. Enrollment is free to income-eligible families with a need for childcare (i.e. employment, college coursework, searching for employment or housing.)

Preschool Program

The Preschool program enrolls children 3-5 years old. Hours are 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, August to June. The teacher-child ratio is 1:8. Enrollment is free to income-eligible families.

Interested families can visit the center and obtain application information at the front desk or call (530) 274-5350.

The Child Development Center is administered by a collaborative partnership including the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office, Placer Community Action Council-Kidz Kount, Inc., Early Head Start/Head Start, Sierra College, and the California State Preschool Program.


Child Development Center
Sierra College (Nevada County Campus)
250 Sierra College Drive
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 274-5350

Partnership Preschool at TKM
400 Hoover Lane
Nevada City, CA 95949

Morgan Best, Program Director
(530) 274-5352

Christine McCormick, Executive Director
Associate Superintendent of Educational Services
Nevada County Office of Education
(530) 478-6400 x. 2005

Child Development Program Staff

  • Morgan Best, Program Director
  • Angelina Borden, Toddler Teacher
  • April Minick, Family Advocate
  • Lisa Harrison, Preschool Teacher
  • Concepcion Rubalcava, Associate Preschool Teacher
  • Geselle Bauer, Associate Toddler Teacher
  • Joellyn Calderon, Nutritional Aide
  • Katie Foss, Site Supervisor
  • Kayla Maldonado, Associate Toddler Teacher
  • Michelle Walters, Preschool Teacher
  • Rachel Jasper, Associate Preschool Teacher
  • Stephanie Mashburn, Site Supervisor
  • Caitlin Gould, Associate Toddler Teacher

First 5 Nevada County

Research shows that a child’s brain develops most dramatically in the first five years and what parents and caregivers do during these years to support their child’s growth will have a meaningful impact throughout life. Based on this research, California voters passed Proposition 10 in 1998, adding a 50 cents-per-pack tax on cigarettes to support programs for expectant parents and children ages 0 to 5. First 5 Nevada County distributes approximately $700,000 a year in Prop. 10 revenues to programs and services that meet local needs.

For more information contact:

Melody Easton, Executive Director
phone: (530) 274-5361

Local Planning Council for Child Care Development

The Local Planning Council for Childcare Development for Nevada County (“LPC”) promotes quality early care and education services through community assessment, county-wide partnerships and advocacy to meet the needs of children, families, and early care and school age educators.

The LPC: 

OPERATES the Quality Counts California (QCC) program, a statewide effort to raise the quality of early learning and care systems and provide coaching, professional development activities and grants to support a continuum of settings where children learn, including licensed child care providers, informal caregivers and TK/K programs. 

DIRECTS the Preschool Development Grant (PDG) to strengthen transitions and aligned learning from early childhood to early elementary grades so that young children will have a smoother and more successful experience in kindergarten and across the early elementary grades. 

COLLABORATES with partner agencies and key stakeholders to meet local child care needs, identify emerging issues, develop strategies, and implement solutions for staff retention and high-quality child care and education services. 

MOBILIZES public and private resources to support early care educators and Transitional Kindergarten teachers in advancing their early childhood education and professional

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For more information, contact:

Rossnina Dort, Early Ed Services Director
Main: (530) 271-0258