Children's Center

ASI Children's Programs enriches the development of young children, provides students, faculty and staff parents a safe and stimulating environment for their children and improves family life through parent education. Additionally, ASI Children’s Programs provides Cal Poly students with employment opportunities and an environment to study the development of young children.

The Children's Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and certified as an Outdoor Classroom Demonstration Site.

boy viewing branches through a magnifying glass
children smelling flowers at the cal poly rose garden
children playing ring around the rosie
children with teacher exploring nature
child discovering the properties of water


Promoting Quality Early Care and Education for All Children


A child goes through rapid changes during the first three years of life and the program is designed to accommodate these changes in all areas of development.


This unique program for children two to three years of age provides transition time from toddler-hood to preschool.


Our preschool environment focuses on collaboration, choice, negotiation and socialization. The main goal of daily interactions is to develop social competence in each child.


Following our educational approach, our kindergarten program continues to focus on the development of the whole child.

Poly Trekkers

Poly Trekkers is a summer program for school age children. Trekkers, as the name implies, are a very active group of children.


Each child is unique with an individual personality, learning style, family background and pattern of growth. Individuality is respected in all interactions.

The Orfalea Family and ASI Children's Center operates with the belief that each family comes with its own unique ethnic, cultural and familial backgrounds, values and beliefs.

child investigating pumpkin seeds

Educational Approach

ASI Children's Programs embraces a comprehensive approach to curriculum and education inspired by the schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Key to this approach is the belief in children's incredible ability to be an active participant in their learning. This is an intentional approach that includes child, family, teacher and community. Our dynamic curriculum addresses children's emerging growth in all areas of development.

children staring up a tree

Food Program

Our participation in the federally funded Child Care Food Program (CCFP) ensures that we serve children nutritious meals and snacks. This helps children get the nourishment and energy they need to learn, grow and be healthy. There is a critical relationship between nutrition, health and learning.

student teacher and kids having lunch

Parent Resources

Parents are a vital part of our program.

dad involved in cooking with child

Orfalea Family Foundation

The Children's Center is officially named the Orfalea Family and ASI Children's Center due to a generous contribution by the Orfalea Family Foundation indicating their support for quality early care and education at Cal Poly.


First priority is for Student Parents, followed by Faculty and Staff.


Children's Center
California Polytechnic State University
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0440
Bldg. 133

Phone:(805) 756-1267
Fax: (805) 756-6186

Tonya Iversen: 756-6193

Hours go to all contacts and hours page

Children's Center

Mon - Fri: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm