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) www.naeyc.org and certified as an Outdoor Classroom Demonstration Site.


young child trying new foods at the asi children's center
Trying new foods

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.

photo of children's center staff and kids help in preparing food for lunch
Children's Center staff and kids learn to cook and help in preparing food for lunch.
In addition to following CCFP regulations, our goal is to provide meals that reflect current dietary guidelines. We offer meals that provide a wide variety of foods that are low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol that include vegetables, fruits, grains, milk products, meat, and meat alternatives. Our goal is to encourage wise food choices and healthy eating. What we eat is influenced by many factors including taste, culture, social situation, religious beliefs, ethnic background and even food sensitivities or allergies. We provide healthy food that tastes good and is presented attractively so that your children will choose it.

Food sensitivities and allergies require completion of an allergy form by your child's doctor. Upon meeting with the Food Program Manager you will be given the appropriate form to complete. Once the form is received from the doctor, your child can be served the recommended substitute for the offending food(s). Food sensitivity/allergy forms must be renewed annually. Young children outgrow many food sensitivities as their digestive system matures.