about us

Early Development Services has experienced tremendous growth since the opening of it’s first little facility.

In 1998, Avondale Child Development Center opened in a renovated house in Seaside to serve 44 children ages 2 years to entry of kindergarten. In 2000, Avondale added an infant/toddler program to their preschool facility to provide convenience for families as well as keep young siblings connected.

In 2001, we received a contract from the California Department of Education, Child Development Division to provide quality child care services to income qualified families. Over the course of the next two years, the demand for our infant/toddler program far exceeded our capacity. In order to meet this demand, we located an additional facility in Seaside and opened the first and only specialized infant/toddler development facility on the Monterey Peninsula in December 2002. As part of this expansion process, the original child development center incorporated under the name of Early Development Services, Inc and received another contract for services from the Child Development Division.

By the end of 2003, the original Avondale Child Development Center had been relocated to Hayes Education Center and expanded to serve 118 children ages two years to 5th grade. As a whole, the newly formed agency served 160 children and their families each day.

In 2006, EDS acquired an additional Seaside location on the Highland Elementary School Campus and an increase in our funding to subsidized families. Highlands Early Education Center opened in August 2006 making it possible for families to receive services of child care and elementary schooling in one location. Highlands serves 34 children ages 2 years to entry first grade.

In 2008, EDS was contracted to manage the child development center at California State University Monterey Bay. CSU Monterey Bay’s Child Development Center serves 48 children between the ages of 12 months and entry kindergarten. This is an exciting collaboration as it provides much needed services to the students and staff of the University in close proximity to where they live and work each day.
In 2011, we expanded and relocated our flagship center, Avondale CDC, which has been renamed Avondale Early Education Center to encompass the differing age groups now served. Avondale’s current location has the capacity to serve 180 children from 6 weeks to entry 1st grade. We are happy to be working in collaboration with other early childhood resources at this location and look forward to jointly providing the best for families and children. At the same time, EDS opened a school age program at Marshall West Elementary. New West Center for School Age Children currently serves 56 children form various Seaside Elementary schools.
As we enter our 15th year of operation, we are excited to be partnering with Hartnell Community College to provide services at their Alisal Campus Early Education Center in Salinas.

The philosophy of Early Development Services, Inc. is based on a set of strongly held beliefs

  • We believe children have the right to a nurturing, safe environment where they can feel comfortable and secure.
  • We believe in developing the “whole child” – social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and creative and that the agency staff have the responsibility to provide opportunities for this development to occur.
  • We believe children have to develop socially in order to be prepared academically.
  • We accept each child as a unique and worthy individual with a pattern of growth, personality, learning style, and family background which is respected and valued.
  • We provide developmentally appropriate activities that focus on the process of learning and help children enjoy successful experiences.
  • We strive to provide each child the opportunity to appreciate sameness and difference.
  • We strive to create a mutual respect between home caregivers and center caregivers.
  • We support and celebrate ethnic and family diversity.

We provide services to over 400 families

Families Served

In 2012, our agency budget now exceeds $4 million annually and provides services to over 400 families on the Monterrey Peninsula with a broad range of services including subsidized and full cost early education programs, resources for families, as well as professional support and advising for early childhood professionals throughout the county. As we continue to grow, we look forward to seeing how what we do changes the face of our community and creates opportunities for relationship building in early care and education.

Early Development Services provides a safe and fun learning environment for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5th grade at four different locations throughout the City of Seaside on the Monterey Peninsula. We offer high-quality child development facilities that provide excellent care to the young children under our supervision. Our nationally accredited programs are renowned countywide for preparing children for their entrance into the educational system while embracing the diversity of the families we serve. Our mission is to support the endeavors of families by providing a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social/emotional, cognitive, and language development of their children ages 6 weeks to 5th grade.