Orfalea Family & ASI Children’s Center

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The ASI Children’s Center opened in 1992 and is licensed to serve 132 children in its 5,000 square foot facility. The primary purpose of the Children’s Center is to serve the early care and educational needs of the children of student parents. As space permits, children of faculty, staff and alumni are enrolled.

License # 401702793/401702641

The Children’s Center follows the standards set by the California Department of Education and National Association for the Education of Young Children, and serves as a certified Outdoor Classroom Demonstration site, providing opportunities for others to observe the practice of fully utilizing the outdoor space as an extension of the classroom with rich and varied learning opportunities.

 

In 1990 and again in 1995, Cal Poly students voted in a student referendum to increase their ASI fee in support of the ASI Children’s Center. Today, the center is funded in part by these student fees, in addition to grants, and parent tuition.

Classrooms

Infant Room

Room One

Ratio: 1 teacher to 3 children

Room one is designated as the infant room, providing space to children as young as four months of age. The room and accompanying outdoor space provides the following:

  • Quiet nap room with cribs for up to 6 children (supervised)
  • Individual cubbies for children’s personal items
  • Tables and chairs (or age-appropriate seating) for family-style eating
  • Small kitchenette
  • Refrigerator and freezer, specifically to store and organize breast milk
  • Diaper changing station
  • Developmentally appropriate materials and curriculum
  • Private play yard with age-appropriate gross motor climbing equipment
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Transitional Infant Room

Room Two

Ratio: 1 teacher to 3 children

Room two serves as the transitional infant room. The room and accompanying outdoor space provides the following:

  • Individual cubbies for children’s personal items
  • Tables and chairs for family-style eating
  • Small kitchenette
  • Diaper changing station
  • Developmentally appropriate materials and curriculum
  • Private play yard with age-appropriate gross motor climbing equipment
  • Personal nap mats and an age-appropriate restful environment for napping
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Toddler

Room Three

Ratio: 1 teacher to 3 children

Room three serves as the classroom for toddler-aged children. The room and accompanying outdoor space provides the following:

  • Individual cubbies for children’s personal items
  • Tables and chairs for family-style eating
  • Small kitchenette
  • Diaper changing station
  • Developmentally appropriate materials and curriculum
  • Private play yard with age-appropriate gross motor climbing equipment
  • Personal nap mats and an age-appropriate restful environment for napping
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Transitional

Room Four

Ratio: 1 teacher to 4 children

Room four serves as the transitional classroom prior to moving to the preschool side of the program. The room and accompanying outdoor space provides the following:

  • Individual cubbies for children’s personal items
  • Tables and chairs for family-style eating
  • Small kitchenette
  • Diaper changing station and child-sized toilets for children who are toilet capable
  • Developmentally appropriate materials and curriculum
  • Private play yard with age-appropriate gross motor climbing equipment
  • Personal nap mats and an age-appropriate restful environment for napping
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Preschool

Room Five

Ratio: 1 teacher to 6 children

Room five serves as the preschool classroom prior to moving to the preschool side of the program. The room and accompanying outdoor space provides the following:

  • Individual cubbies for children’s personal items
  • Tables and chairs for family-style eating
  • Small kitchenette
  • Diaper changing station and child-sized toilets for children who are toilet capable
  • Developmentally appropriate materials and curriculum
  • Private play yard with age-appropriate gross motor climbing equipment
  • Personal nap mats and an age-appropriate restful environment for napping
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Preschool

Room Six

Ratio: 1 teacher to 8 children

Room six is designated as the preschool classroom. The room and accompanying outdoor space provides the following:

  • Individual cubbies for children’s personal items
  • Tables and chairs for family-style eating
  • Small kitchenette
  • Child sized toilets
  • Developmentally appropriate materials and curriculum
  • Shared play yard with room seven that includes age-appropriate gross motor climbing equipment, community garden, chicken coop, and tree deck with accompanying reading and exploration shed
  • Personal nap mats and an age-appropriate restful environment for napping
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Preschool/Kindergarten

Room Seven

Ratio: 1 teacher to 8 children

Room seven is designated as the preschool/kindergarten classroom. The room and accompanying outdoor space provides the following:

  • Individual cubbies for children’s personal items
  • Tables and chairs for family-style eating
  • Small kitchenette
  • Child sized toilets
  • Developmentally appropriate materials and curriculum
  • Shared play yard with room six that includes age-appropriate gross motor climbing equipment, community garden, chicken coop, and tree deck with accompanying reading and exploration shed
  • Personal nap mats and an age-appropriate restful environment for napping
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Additional Areas

Kitchen

The fully equipped kitchen serves as the location for all meal preparation, including breakfast, snacks, and lunch. This area also includes on-site laundry for daily cleaning of children center provided linens (bibs, nap mats, etc.).

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Art Atelier

The art atelier is a designated space within the facility for children to explore different mediums of art including art and shadow, wind and motion, textures, and more.

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