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Mesa Child Development Center

Early Care & Education is operating under guidelines for COVID-19. Please see Returning to Childcare during COVID-19.

At the Mesa Child Development Center (MCDC), full-time care is available for children 3 months to 5 years old. The program emphasizes hands-on, child-driven learning.


  • Infant room (3 months to 2 years)
  • Toddler classroom (2–3 years)
  • Mixed-aged preschool classroom (3–5 years and potty trained)


MCDC is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education – a way of observing what children know, what they are curious about and what challenges them. Learning is hands-on and child-driven with children initiating their own discovery. Parents are collaborators and teachers are facilitators – both are vital partners in learning with the child.

Staff, parents and children collaborate to help bridge the gaps between family, school and community. We encourage other family members to participate in classroom activities ranging from playing with the children, reading a story, leading an art activity or sharing a skill, talent or something culturally significant to enrich the curriculum.

We strive to build relationships within our community to enrich the children’s educational experience. Our goal is to make connections with other area schools, libraries, senior living centers, stores and other UC San Diego departments to improve the lives of everyone involved.

At MCDC, we also strive to contribute to a bias-free society. We teach children to be world citizens and endeavor to build community and understanding among families of all cultures and backgrounds.


First priority is given to full-time current UC San Diego faculty, staff and students. Community members are welcome pending space availability.

Schedule Options and Fees

Additional children from the same family save 10%. Prices are slightly higher for non-UC San Diego affiliates.

Developmental Program Monthly Tuition
Infants $1,997
Toddlers $1,677
Preschoolers $1,525

Tuition Assistance

UC San Diego students may be eligible for the Alternative Payment Plan.

Class Size

  • Infant room: 8 children with 2 teachers and 1 assistant
  • Toddler classroom: 15 children with 2 teachers and 1 assistant
  • Mixed-aged preschool classroom: 24 children with 2 teachers and 1 assistant

How to Apply



Contact us, (858) 246-0930, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays.