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Sierra College Child Development programs provide services to our college families and our local communities. We currently operate State Preschools in the communities of Auburn, Grass Valley, Rocklin and Roseville, providing quality child care to young children ages three to five years. These programs are free to income qualifying families.

Additionally, we offer a Fee Based program at our Rocklin Campus for children aged two to five, and at our Sierra College - Nevada County Campus in Grass Valley for ages three to five years.

Sierra College Rocklin State Preschool

Children MUST be 3 or 4 years old by October 2nd, with priority to children scheduled to attend kindergarten in the fall. It is a three hour program, five days per week.

Families are required to verify their income within the guidelines set by the State Department of Education and parent fees of a daily rate may apply.

Sierra College Centers are directly related to the college's Early Childhood Instructional program. The centers provide educational services for young children of student parents, staff and community, and serves as a learning laboratory training site for Sierra College students pursing educational and training to work with young children and families.

Please call 916-660-8240 for more information or 530-745-1380 to place your child's name on the Central Eligibility List. LIC#313606938.


We believe that children come to our program with unique backgrounds, developmental patterns, and experiences. Our centers strive for a child-centered program that facilitates social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth in a safe, caring environment. We view learning as an active process by which children learn best and gain self-confidence when ample opportunities exist for direct hands-on experiences and decision-making.


Our Centers provide an exciting place where children can explore, research, experiment and reflect on a multitude of experiences. Children learn through hands-on experiences that build skills in: Literacy, Math, Science, Art, Physical and Social Development.


Our curriculum is designed to develop excellence through shared learning, and is based on developmentally and culturally appropriate practices that help each child meet his or her individual needs and interests.

Mentor Teachers

Sierra College students studying in the early childhood development field, spend time in the child development center labs. This allows student teachers to observe children learning and playing, while at the same time developing innovative teaching skills.


Our Centers are staffed by experienced and educationally qualified personnel. We are dedicated to the positive development of your child!

All programs are licensed by the California State Department of Social Services and meet or exceed regulations and standards outlined in California Administration Code, Title 5 and Title 22.


We offer both State Preschool Programs and Fee Based Preschool Programs at most Centers. Because costs and ages vary for our Fee Based Preschool Programs, please contact the Center you are most interested in, for an up-to-date age and fee schedule. Please let the Center know whether you are interested in a Full-Day Program or a Half-Day Program for your child/children.

State Preschool

State Preschool is a no cost program for income eligible families. Priority is given to children who are four years old by December 2nd. This is a Half-Day Program where attendance is required five days a week. A Morning Session, held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. operates at Auburn, Grass Valley, Rocklin and Roseville Centers. Afternoon Sessions, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. operate at Auburn, Grass Valley and Rocklin. Cirby Elementary has an afternoon State Preschool Program operated by PCOE.

Our Center Sites

  • Sierra College State Preschool Rocklin
    4745 Rocklin Rd., Rocklin , CA 95677 
    (916) 660-8240, Fax (916) 624-8759
  • Sierra College Child Development Center - Nevada CountyCampus 
    State Preschool / Head Start and Fee Based Programs 
    250 Sierra College Dr., Grass Valley , CA 95945 
    Phone (530) 274-5350, Fax (530) 274-5355
  • Auburn – Rock Creek State Preschool 
    3050 Bell Rd. #30, Auburn , CA 95603 
    Phone (530) 823-0380, Fax (530) 823-0380
  • Sierra College State Preschool Cirby Elementary - Roseville
    814 Darling Way, Roseville , CA 95678 
    Phone (916) 783-0776, Fax (916) 783-0776

Previously on campus:
Little Orchard Preschool
Fee Based
5895 Brace Rd. Loomis, CA 95650
(916) 652-4973

Interested in studying to be a teacher specializing in early childhood development?

Check out Human Development and Family


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  • 5100 Sierra College Blvd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Fall and Spring M-F: 8:00am - 5:00pm

    Closed for summer
  • (916) 660-8240
  • (916) 660-8241

Jennifer Adorador Part-time Instructor, Human Development/Early Childhood Education

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  • LR 113
  • 5100 Sierra College Blvd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Little Orchard Child Care Private, for profit, child care facility

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  • P P-A
  • 5100 Sierra College Blvd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • (916) 624-3553

Michelle Boucher Part-time Instructor, Human Development/Early Childhood Education

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  • 5100 Sierra College Blvd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Sheryl Ballard Part-time Faculty, Human Development/Early Childhood Education

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  • LR 113
  • 5100 Sierra College Blvd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
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  • N17
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945
  • Fall and Spring M-F: 8:45am - 3:45pm
  • (530) 274-5350
  • (530) 274-5355
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