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At the Salvation Army Child Development Center, we believe children flourish in the company of interested, loving adults who understand child development and teach children accordingly. Our programs are designed to foster exploration, independence and creativity.

Our learning environment encourages success by implementing five keys:

  • Parent-child-teacher connection
  • Communication
  • Self-help skills
  • Hands-on, exploratory and school-readiness activities
  • Health, safety and nutrition

Our Programs

The Salvation Army Child Development Center provides parents with two safe and developmentally appropriate choices for childcare. The first program is a 3 hour program offered from 8-11am or 2-5pm, Monday through Friday, following the traditional school calendar. This is a school readiness program designed to prepare children for kindergarten. Many hands-on, multi-sensory activities, and large and small group activities are designed to develop the whole child.

Our second option is general childcare for families who need quality childcare throughout the year. This program accepts children who are 3 to 6 years of age by December 2 of the school year and are self-sufficient with toileting.

Hours, Fees and Location

The Salvation Army Child Development Center is funded through the California Department of Education. Because of this, fees are determined based on income eligibility. Applicants for our programs must register with Stanislaus County Child Care Resource and Referral and be placed on the Centralized Eligibility List.

Please contact us for more information regarding fees and the enrollment process.

We are open from 6:45am until 5:30pm, Monday through Friday. All children must be picked up by 5:30pm or a per minute late fee will be charged. We provide breakfast, snacks and lunch for all children. A daily schedule of activities is posted in each classroom and available upon request.

We are located at 601 I Street in downtown Modesto. Please contact us for further information or to volunteer.

They’re coming to us for a safe place to play. To learn, to grow into young men and women of character. These are kids from families with parents who worry about them after school — some of them might even be your neighbors. The Red Shield Center in Modesto provides what kids need most: guidance, security, friendship.

Child Development Center

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The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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