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FCC CDC Rendering of Future Building

Fresno City College Child Development Center

Architect: 19six Architects
Contractor: Harris Construction, Inc.
Webcam: Live view of construction site

The Child Development program at Fresno City College offers an associate's degree and several certificate programs, in addition to transfer options. The program addresses the certificate, licensing and training requirements needed for a person to enter a number of occupations in early childhood education and child care. The job opportunities in the Fresno-Clovis area are very good and the demand for the program is high. The current facility consists of roughly 5,326 assignable square footage (ASF) of modular buildings. Based upon the program requirements and demand, a new facility to accommodate 24 infants, 36 toddlers, and 83 preschool children is proposed.

The new Child Development Center (CDC) at Fresno City College received approval from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) as a partially funded state project (80% State, 20% local) in July 2019 with authorization to proceed with the development of preliminary plans. The CCCCO approved the new construction of the new Child Development Center with 16,578 ASF contingent upon the removal of the existing 5,326 ASF CDC portables.

The new building will be a 22,000 square foot building and will house programs for early education, as well as childcare services. Program functions are unique and include a food program service featuring a commercial kitchen to serve a warm breakfast and lunch to children; observation rooms for community college students to observe teaching activities without disturbing the classes; a college classroom that is separate from the childcare spaces and faculty offices for childcare program teachers and faculty. All childcare, student observation spaces, and commercial kitchen functions occupy the first floor. The second floor features the college classrooms, faculty offices, break rooms, and meeting rooms. 

As of February 2023, interior and exterior framing are complete and rigid insulation has been installed. Cement plaster lath has begun. Installation of roofing, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and sheetrock is ongoing. Setting of storefront frames is in progress. Completion is scheduled for Fall of 2023.