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The Anna Bing Arnold Children's Center is a nonprofit organization licensed by the State of California's Department of Health and Social Services to provide an enriched developmental program for infant, toddler and preschool children. The Center is equipped and staffed appropriately for these ages and meets or exceeds all State, County, and City regulations for health, sanitation, safety, and teacher/child ratios. The Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Center is owned and operated by Cal State L.A. for use by students, faculty, and staff of the University. Funding for the program is provided by the Associated Students, parent fees, and the State of California Department of Education.

The Children’s Center is open to children between the ages of six months to five years who are ready for a group experience and who can benefit from the program. Children are served in one programs listed below:



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Food Program

The Center provides children with hot meals for breakfast, lunch and snack. These meals are provided without additional charge for all children enrolled at the Center, regardless of family income.

Good nutrition is essential to the healthy physical and mental development of every child. Both eating healthy foods and learning about good nutrition are an important part of our curriculum. The center participates in a child nutrition program provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This program requires that we follow strict guidelines to ensure the quality of our nutritional program. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Meals are provided that are nutritious, well balanced, and delicious. Menu items are selected based on children’s nutritional needs as well as consideration for their tastes and food preferences. A variety of ethnic foods are provided for diversity and exposure to different cultures. Menus are posted in each classroom.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or by fax (202) 690-7442 or by email. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Sample Menu

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