Pasadena Day Nursery for Child Development (PDN), located at 450 Garfield Avenue in the Villa Park neighborhood of Pasadena, was founded as a non-profit in 1910 to care for the children of working parents in Pasadena and nearby communities. In the 100 plus years since it was founded, PDN has grown to provide services for families in need of quality care for children ranging from birth to five years of age. PDN continues to be an established 501 (c) 3 non profit organization that receives funding through donations, grants, fundraising events and tuition fees.

Quality Assurance

We strive for quality care that meet the needs of children in our program and exceeds California Community Care Licensing requirements (title 22). Pasadena Day Nursery has voluntarily gone through annual third party evaluations of our center since 2015. In 2018 we applied and received a grant based on the quality of our program. The evaluations were conducted by Quality Start Los Angeles (QSLA) which uses a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS).


"The voluntary program  is offered to centers in California to support quality assurance and supported by Quality Start Los Angeles (is LA County’s QRIS) and is part of a larger state and national movement that offers early learning professionals the acknowledgment and the support they need to continuously strive towards high quality programs for the children, families, and communities they serve. This standards-based accountability effort is the inspiration and model for QSLA and has been adopted by nearly 40 states across the country. In California, all 58 counties currently participate in some form of a QRIS." http://qualitystartla.org/what-is-quality-start-los-angeles/


The process entails classroom evaluation through a Environmental Rating System (ITERS/ECERS), CLASS: which asses classroom climate, peer interactions,  teacher- child engagement/ interaction, Education assessment via transcript of the Director and Teachers as well as  a review of annual staff professional development hours. The evaluation also consist of a review of services offered to families enrolled at PDN.  At PDN we require classroom staff obtain a minimum of 21 annual professional development hours in Child Development. The trainings are funded by PDN or offered free of cost through CA Registry (a Teacher/ Director resource site), Pacific Clinics Early Head Start & QRLA.


Quality care at Pasadena Day Nursery for Child Development can only exist through the teachers who care for the children and families in each program. Therefore, PDN is committed to seeking out, hiring, and maintaining a qualified staff which exceeds the educational and experiential requirements of CA Title 22 licensing.  Every Classroom has at least one teacher with a degree in Child Development/ emphasis in Child Development.  
Staff at PDN are involved in ongoing professional development through college courses, on-site in-service training, conferences and workshops within the field of early childhood education. Teachers are offered work shops through PDN,  Pacific Clinics Head Start/ Early Head Start and Quality Start Los Angeles (QRLA).


Pasadena Day Nursery serves as a training center for students of child development.


United States Department of Agriculture Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) policies and procedures about nondiscrimination in the administration of child nutrition and food distribution programs.


Pasadena Day Nursery for Child Development receives partial reimbursement for meals served through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

In accordance with Federal law and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).
To file a complaint of discrimination, write:

USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights
Room 326-W, Whitten Building
14th and Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410

or call 202-720-5964 (voice and TDD). The USDA and the Nutrition Services Division (NSD) are equal opportunity providers and employers.