Child Development

Employee Spotlight: Cassandra Walker!

Family Service Association #EmployeeSpotlight!
This week:
The Amazing Cassandra Walker!

Cassandra has worked for FSA since 2004. Since starting she’s worked at four of our Child Development sites and says that her time working with us has made her “a much better teacher and even a better mother at home.”

Her own children have attended our FSA Child Development Centers and she says, “This is a great place to send your kids during the day. I love how the teachers really treat the children as their own. There is a real sense of family here.”

Cassandra says she is most proud to be, what she calls, a “resource teacher”. “I’m proud to be in the position I am and have the FSA’s trust to help other teachers reach their personal and professional goals.”

“FSA really helps you grow as an individual and opens a lot of doors for you, professionally.”

We are so happy to have you on our team and we hope you continue to have an amazing time working with us!
From all of us here at FSA, THANK YOU!

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Childcare Open Enrollment!

The Family Service Association is happy to announce Open Enrollment for Our Childcare Services!

Programs are FREE or LOW FEE based on Income!

Locations are throughout Riverside and Moreno Valley.

Currently Enrolling for:

  • Full Day / Part Day Programs for Children 2 Months to 5 Years old.
  • Free State Funded Pre-School Program for Children 3 Years to 5 Years old.

Program Perks:

  • Age Appropriate Curriculum
  • State Qualified Teachers
  • Meals & Snacks Provided

Availability is based on a first come first serve basis. Parents are required to fill out an Eligibility Application.

Hemlock Child Development Center Earns National NAEYC Accreditation

MORENO VALLEY, CAFSA Hemlock Child Development Center located in Moreno Valley has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

A celebration of success is planned for Friday, April 22nd from 9 to 11a.m., with a ceremony followed by a tour of the facilities. Please call (951) 779-9623 to RSVP by Wednesday, April 20th.

“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Davina Bailey, Center Director. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our high-quality program have teachers who create engaging classrooms, enhance relationships with their parents and families, and develop rich experiences for their students.”

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Hemlock Child Development Center went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Nearly 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

“It’s a lengthy and rigorous process to achieve NAEYC Accreditation, and Hemlock Child Development Center should be commended for seeking high standards,” said Rhian Evans Allvin, executive director of NAEYC. “Caring for children is not ‘rocket science’ – it’s brain science. Studies prove that the brain connections made in the first few years of life set a child’s path for success in school and in life. That’s why quality educators are so crucial. For parents and caregivers of young children who are searching for a high-quality early learning experience, Hemlock Child Development Center’s NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that it offers a high-quality education in a nurturing and stimulating environment.”

The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to using the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.


The NAEYC Accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers, and other early education programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, a program must meet each of the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.

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Fall Community Festival Celebrates Kids and Families

Moreno Valley, CA (OCT 20, 2014) - A FOUNDATION FOR KIDS and FAMILY SERVICE ASSOCIATION Child Development Centers are collaborating to sponsor "Fall Festival 2014" celebrating kids and families in Riverside. The event will feature face painting, a pumpkin patch, Cakewalk, Giant Slide, gifts and toys for kids, clothes giveaways, health screenings and much more. "FALL FESTIVAL 2014" will take place at CM School Supply, 4155 Van Buren Avenue at California Street in Riverside 92503.

A FOUNDATION FOR KIDS mission is to support children's agencies and youth organizations that serve abused and at-risk children in Southern California. Toward this goal, they sponsor a number of family-oriented events that raise thousands of dollars for kids' causes. FSA operates ten (10) Child Development Centers, located in Moreno Valley, Riverside, Rubidoux, Hemet and Cabazon. Each Center provides a well-balanced curriculum with emphasis on children's social/emotional skills in an enriched cognitive environment. The CDCs also sponsor an annual professional development conference each spring focused on child development and learning.