For over 50 years, our agency has been preparing children for success in school, creating a foundation for life-long learning. With company origins starting in 1969, adding Continuing Development Incorporated (CDI) in 1976 and Child Development Centers (CDC) in 1984, we were founded to provide learning materials and services to both state–subsidized and private child care centers.
In addition to providing infant/toddler and preschool programs, our after school programs on elementary campuses expanded dynamically in the late 80s and early 90s. In 2020 our center programs became what we’ve always really been – Catalyst Kids!
Catalyst Kids will continue our unmatched, licensed care for children, as we inspire bright kids to be their best every day. We believe in providing responsive services for communities, families, & children.
Who We Are Today
Catalyst Kids serves children and families who qualify for State subsidies through the California Department of Education, and the Early Learning and Care Division. We also provide private fee–paying families care options during the school year and for seasonal camp programs.
We currently partner with thirty-four school districts to provide before and after school academic and educational enrichment, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten readiness programs for children and families. Our centers are licensed by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division – the agency charged with health and safety reviews of child care centers. Catalyst Kids operates over 150 childcare centers throughout the State of California, serving over 20,000 children.
Headquartered in Morgan Hill, California, we have regional offices in, Sacramento, Irvine and Oxnard, CA. Our programs are individualized, unique and specific to the needs of our families and local communities. Integrity, creativity, inclusivity and engagement are the values that drive our programs each and every day. We are committed to meeting individual community needs and our large agency view affords us the stability, resources, and scale needed to help all kids shine.
Welcome to Catalyst Kids. We are happy that you have chosen our program for your child. We see every day as a unique opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of each child in our care. The trust that you place in us to care for your child is accepted both as an extreme honor and duty to do our very best for your family, each and every day.
We believe in providing responsive services for communities, families, & children.
Catalyst Kids Values:
All of our Catalyst Kids center programs are licensed by the State of California Social Services Community Care Licensing (CCL) Agency. Operating a licensed child care center in the State of California requires compliance with Title 22 regulations. Additionally, due to our contracts with the State we also follow regulations listed in Title 5. CCL Program Analysts visit our centers unannounced to conduct health and safety inspections to ensure compliance with Title 22 and Title 5 regulations.
As an agency, we provide center staff with in-depth instruction on all Licensing regulations in order to ensure the health and safety of children in our care. Additionally, we have centers that are accredited by the National Association of Education of Young Children (NAEYC) that go above and beyond state licensing regulations. NAEYC performance criteria for curriculum, teacher-child interactions, classroom environment, and health and safety are the highest standards in the country.
All of our centers are licensed by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division, the agency charged with health and safety reviews of child care centers.
“Thank you SOOO MUCH! I was seriously starting to question if I had made the right decision changing Sully’s school! I was really starting to worry about what I was going to do. Thank you for having things so together, and being able to not only calm me, but seemingly explain in detail all the benefits of the program, even with everything that was going on around us! I feel so much better. I was on my lunch break, and it had expired and I was feeling hopeless. You gave me all the important info quickly, but thoroughly. I have read back over everything, and I don’t feel like any of it was a surprise! Sully has a large village, (the one it takes to raise a child, haha), and I have included a number of individuals that are cleared to pick him up whenever they can, but I just need to have the peace of mind that in a pinch, we have you guys to fall back on. I don’t expect he will be with you more than 3 times a week, but, I’m no prophet. Have a wonderful rest of your day, and I look forward to a healthy relationship with you!”
Elk Grove CDC, Elk Grove, CA
“You all play such an important role in the lives of the kids at the center, and like school teachers, you leave a lasting impression not just on the kids, but on the families that you help day in and day out. I hope you know that even though we don’t say it regularly, we appreciate you and the great care with which you approach the jobs we entrust you to do. You all do it so well!
I appreciate every one of you — Brian, Denise, Erica and all the CDC staff who have touched our family so positively.”
Liz De Nichilo
Deerfield CDC, Irvine, CA
“I don’t have to worry; the teachers are well trained, responsible, respectful and fun. They are so patient. The kids have learned a lot and so have I. Not to take away from all the teachers, but Cindy’s leadership is what sets the tone. Words cannot express how much respect I have for this woman. She puts her whole heart into this program. She truly loves each and every kid as they are. She is kind, responsible, hardworking, smart and has a great sense of humor. She knows what is going on and she makes sure all teachers follow suit. She hires great people. Cumberland CDC is a very well run center. I do not have to put my children in daycare. I have other choices, but the experience is so great. I cannot miss this opportunity.”
Cumberland CDC, Sunnyvale, CA
“I wanted to take a moment and compliment TMA CDC. First and foremost, we love the staff and we have seen our son grow and mature after one year of being in the program. We like how they track our son’s progress. We are able to see in black and white where he is socially and academically. This program has definitely excelled our son’s knowledge of several items. We love his interaction with other kids and the friendships he has developed. The staff has done an amazing job of planning activities both outside and inside of the center. Thank you again for all that you do for Joey and us!”
Tustin Memorial CDC, Santa Ana, CA
“What I like about CDC is the diversity of every day and every week. Also I love that it is very focused on summer activities so kids can have a lot of fun, but there are education activities so they can learn. My son has learned about not only places, things and professional people from the different field trips, but also how to play with other kids, how to share games/toys and to help others. Personally, I believe that the people who work at CDC make this program amazing.”
Collins CDC, Cupertino, CA
“I want to thank you for giving my daughter, Symai, such a strong educational foundation. Your Pre-K program really got her off to a great start! She was the top student in her kindergarten – and now, first grade class. She loves to analyze and learn new things – and it all started at CDI. I now understand the importance of all of your projects and interactive games that she played daily. Your hard work, dedication, and love have given Symai a foundation that will stick with her for life. You and the whole CDI program have been a blessing to our family and we can’t thank you enough.”
Mary, Prince and Symai
Raymond Case CDC, Elk Grove, CA
“What I like most about CDC is that it is not only a place for my daughter to be after school but a place where she continues to learn and interact with other kids instead of sitting at home watching TV by herself. During the summer I love that CDC is transformed into a summer camp atmosphere with weekly themes, activities and field trips for my daughter to continue learning and make memories. What I like most about the CDC at Evans Ranch is the staff and location. Ms. Erin, Ms. Crystal and Mr. Jeremiah and the rest of the staff have always been helpful, caring and treated me and my daughter very well. If I ever have any issues I know that I can communicate them to the staff and if needed it will be resolved. Whether in person, in my parent mailbox or email I am always kept informed. “
Evans Ranch CDC, Menifee, CA
“We love our friends at CDC Irvine. We no longer live there, so we’re sad not to have my son enrolled, but their kindness and care for my son will never be forgotten.
When my son, Paul, went there he felt like a superstar and they did a great job with building his self esteem. They worked with them on his homework and kept him on track. The kids have fun in a structured environment. There was always great communication with them via email, phone, or text so I knew what was going on with Paul.
Our lives changed when two years ago, my husband very suddenly passed away. They stepped in as I was trying to keep a normal life for Paul and packed his school lunches for him for two weeks. They went over and above their jobs and showed us kindness and compassion. They would say it was no big deal, but it really meant the world to us.
My son still asks to go there. On summer or winter breaks, the activities are great so we still try to enroll him when we can. Mrs. Kristine still keeps in contact with us and checks in on us from time to time”.
Deerfield CDC, Irvine, CA
At Catalyst Kids our infant through school age programs are built on the following beliefs:
- All children are competent and capable learners. Each child is encouraged to imagine, learn and grow through hands-on, active experiences. Through this discovery, children develop deeper connections to their families and community which creates a foundation for learning through life.
- Knowledgeable and responsive staff believe learning happens best through authentic and positive relationships with children. We guide children’s development based on their individual interests and strengths, as well as group experiences where they can creatively explore and discover together.
- Trusting relationships between our families and staff are the cornerstone of our program. Together we promote a safe and nurturing environment that supports each child’s emerging abilities and sense of self.
- Reciprocal relationships with community-based organizations and school districts result in cohesive services for children and families. We work together to identify the goals and needs of the community and strive to provide optimal support.