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.

children looking at insects in the grass
Seeing the world through young eyes


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. All children, parents, teachers and staff deserve the right to be treated with respect and dignity regardless of gender, cultural, or religious background. The Children's Center is available to everyone without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or physical disability. Additionally, no religious instruction is provided.

Theoretically, the center is a developmental education program. Since children of a wide variety of ages and stages attend, the first consideration is the child's emotional well-being. We create an environment that provides a variety of learning experiences in all areas of cognitive, physical, self-help, language acquisition, social and emotional development. These experiences enable children to build self-esteem, learn acceptable methods of cooperation and become competent individuals within a group setting. The center embraces collaborative learning between adults and children in a carefully planned environment. The child is seen as a researcher and the classroom as an additional teacher.

With respect for each child's beginnings, we strive to foster a secure, loving and safe environment that encourages children to develop at their own pace in all areas. In order to provide the best experience for each child, we encourage parents to actively participate in their child's program. Constant communication between parents and center staff assures a positive experience for all.

Making new friends
two infant girls looking at one another