McCarthy Family Child Development & Training Center

The McCarthy Family Child Development & Training Center (MFCDTC) is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). MFCDTC serves as the model lab/demonstration program for the Early Childhood Education Department and related disciplines at College of the Desert. College students perform observations and participate in on-the-job training as well as conduct student teaching in the Center. The Center welcomes and supports children ages 12 months to 5 years from diverse backgrounds with differing abilities in a safe and welcoming setting. Responsive and professional teachers and caregivers build trusting relationships with the children and families. Children learn by doing in an environment that offers challenge and support. We proudly serve College of the Desert students, faculty, staff, and local community members. The children of COD students receive priority enrollment into the Center; however, all are welcome to apply. The Center’s fees are determined on a sliding fee schedule based on family income. For more information, please call the Center at (760) 862-1308.