Child Development Services

Meeting the Needs of Families

Available Child Development Programs for children from birth through 6th grade:

The Claremont Unified School District has successfully operated a Child Development Program for over 25 years. Our experienced staff provides a balanced selection of fun and enriching activities which include supervised outdoor play and organized games, art, language, music, cooking, math, science, dramatic arts, computers, field trips and nutritional snacks.

Due to limited enrollment in some of the Child Development Programs, it is suggested that parents contact the Child Development Office immediately to obtain information about the registration process. The office is located at 170 W San Jose Ave, Suite 300. You may call the office at (909) 398-0373 (se habla espanol).

School Age Child Care: Best Learning After School Time (BLAST) and the After School Community Education and Safety (ACES) Programs

The district's School Age Child Care - BLAST program is self-supported. Parents pay tuition fees to cover all the costs incurred for this school age child care service. Fees range from an amount to cover before school care only to an amount to cover before and after school care. The program provides care from 7:00 a.m. until school begins and again after school until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at all seven elementary school sites. BLAST is available for children from Kindergarten to 6th grade on all regular school days. A full day program is offered at selected school sites from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on predetermined days during winter recess, spring break, and summer vacation.

Limited ACES funding is available for this after school program to families whose children attend Vista Del Valle Elementary School. Low-income students whose families can not afford to pay the regular or reduced tuition fees may attend the program without charge. However, a weekly donation of $5.00 or more is suggested since the state funding only pays for a portion of the program. ACES students are required to attend the program Monday through Friday from the end of school until 6:00 p.m. ACES is available for children from Kindergarten to 6th grade on all regular school days.

State/Universal Preschool Programs (Nationally Accredited through NAEYC)

The State/Universal Preschools provide a comprehensive early childhood educational program with classes available in the mornings and early afternoons with a nutritional snack served daily. Children must be fully potty-trained and up-to-date on their immunizations to participate in the preschool programs.

The State Preschool classes are located at Sumner / Danbury Elementary School and Vista del Valle Elementary School. This state subsidized program is designed to provide preschool services to income eligible families free of charge. State preschool classes are three (3) hours long are offered in the morning or in the early afternoon on all regular school days. This program serves children from three to pre-kindergarten age.

Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) classes are located at Mt View Elementary School. This LAUP/First 5 subsidized program is designed to provide preschool services for a nominal fee to all families with Pre-Kindergarten age children who reside in Los Angeles County. Low-income families can request a waiver for the required family investment fee. LAUP classes are three and half (3 ½) hours long and are offered in the morning or in the early afternoon on all regular school days.

Family Child Care Home Educational Network (FCCHEN) Program

The FCCHEN Program provides infant / toddler child care to income eligible families that meet the state’s funding requirements and need criteria. Fees are based on the family’s income. Families must be working, attending school or receiving training, incapacitated or homeless. Child care is provided in licensed Family Child Care Homes in Claremont and La Verne. Most providers operate their child care businesses Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. while some providers offer extended and weekend hours, as well. The program participants provide a nurturing environment with developmental experiences and activities for children ages birth to three years old. Applications for this program are accepted year round; however,  enrollment is dependent on available state funding.

For further information contact:

Adriana Talamantes, Account Clerk III
BLAST and ACES Registration
Phone: (909) 398-0609 x.41004
Marta Bergandi, Account Clerk III
State/LAUP Preschool and FCCHEN Certification/Enrollment
Phone: (909) 398-0609 x.41006

This page was last updated May 10, 2013

For further information contact:


Hilarie Dyson, Ed.D., Director

Telephone: (909)398-0373

170 W San Jose Ave

Claremont, CA 91711


Rosemary Limon, Office Manager

Phone: (909) 398-0373

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