​Manchester Family Child Development Center

​Developing unique capabilities in all young children by bridging family, school and community to nourish curiosity and collaborate in discovery of knowledge in a warm, inclusive environment.

**The Manchester Family Child Development Center is currently open with restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Capacity, eligibility, hours, and operations have been adjusted according to guidance from the CDC, the State of California, and San Diego department of Health and Human Services’ Community Care Licensing Division.  Due to visitor restrictions, center tours are not currently being offered. USD affiliated families who are eligible to join the Center’s waiting list are encouraged to submit an inquiry to request additional information.  

Program Information

California Facility License

  • A loving, caring environment
  • A secure and enriching place for children to grow and learn
  • A center which nurtures the natural curiosity and learning abilities of the young child
  • A child development center staffed with qualified and dedicated teachers

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Hours of Operation

The Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. These extended hours are intended to offer families the flexibility to create a schedule that fits their individual needs. Our intent in establishing these hours is not for children to attend school from opening until closing time. 10 hours is a very long day for children to be away from home, and we strongly recommend that families leave their children at the center for no more than eight hours per day. Children respond well to established routines, so we suggest that you seek input from your child's classroom teachers to determine the general drop off and pick up times that will work best for your child.

MFCDC is open year round, with the exception of four weeks: two in December/January, and two in July. No tuition is charged for these four weeks. The Center will observe all University holidays, and will also close for five Staff Development Days during the year, two parent-teacher conference days, and for a half day on the date when the University holds its annual Employee Recognition Picnic. The weekly tuition fee will not be affected when the Center is closed due to University Holidays, Staff Development Days or children's absences due to illness or vacation.


Appointments for Center tours are offered on Tuesday mornings. Please call the Center office at (619) 260-4620 or send an email to us at mfcdc@sandiego.edu to schedule a tour. Due to increased demand, tours are only being offered to the families of USD students, employees and alumni at this time. Non-affiliated families may request a community interest form to be notified of future opportunities to tour and join the active waiting list.

Waiting List

A Center tour is required in order to join our waiting list.

Our waiting list is maintained for children who will be eligible for admission within one calendar year. USD affiliated families on the waiting list will be offered spaces as they become available based on level of affiliation and the date that the waiting list application was received. To accommodate our mixed age classrooms, consideration will be given based on each child's age, gender and enrollment preference.