• Room 5 at the Carmel Child Development Center (CCDC) provides a safe and nurturing environment for children 3 year 9 months to 4 years 1 month.  The Teacher to child ratio is 1:8. The teachers provide a developmentally appropriate program designed to develop each child’s critical thinking, sense of competence, and positive feeling toward learning. We believe children are active learners who learn best from activities that are concrete, real, and relevant to their lives. Our program is based on the premise that children learn about the world through their social interactions. Children are encouraged to be active participants in discussions and explorations with the class.

 Debbie Pearson - Teacher

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Debbie earned her Associate Degree equivalence in Early Childhood. She holds a California State Child Center Teaching Permit.

Debbie Pearson - Teacher

Debbie began working at Carmelo in 2014.  She has been working in Early Childhood Education for over 20 years.  She has taught infants, toddlers, preschool, special education, and school-age children.  She has worked with high-risk families.

 Kate Vanderkraats - Teacher

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Kate earned a Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies from Chico State and has taken several Early Childhood Education classes at MPC

Kate Vanderkraats - Teacher

Kate worked for the MPUSD as a substitute teacher for 2 years before going to work for a family business and starting a family of her own.  She has worked at Carmelo since August of 2019.