The primary purpose of the Child Development Center at California State University, Dominguez Hills is to provide affordable, quality child care and developmental services for the children of university students, faculty and staff. The Center falls under the administration of Associated Students, Inc. and the California Department of Education.

The broad goal of each child is the development of a positive self-concept. Curriculum planning reflects the developmental needs of the individual learner. The program is designed to provide an environment where children explore and engage in prepared learning activities, indoors and outdoors. Appropriate learning alternatives are provided from which children may select activities according to their interest and abilities.

The children at the Child Development Center interact and learn in a family-grouped environment with a team of trained teachers, assistant teachers and volunteers.