Location & mAILING ADDRESS
The Children’s Center is nestled under a grove of stately redwood trees on the southeast corner of the campus on State University Drive East.
6000 J Street, Sacramento, Ca 95819-6037
Hours: 7 am- 6 pm
Coming in from Highway 50, follow College Town Drive to State University Drive East and turn right. At the second stop sign, you will see Parking Structure II and our building on your left.
From the front of campus and J Street, merge left onto State University Drive East, pass the new Hornet Bookstore and Parking Structure II, turning right into our lot at the stop sign.
On campus maps we are identified as “Child Development Center”.
There is 15 minute parking at the entrance to the Children’s Center for families to use for dropping off and picking up their children. The surrounding parking is Staff/Faculty parking, so students will need to park in the garage or other student parking lots.
You can purchase a daily parking pass on the 3rd floor of Parking Structure II.
During peak hours, the traffic flow can become challenging. Ask the front desk associate for a map of alternative routes.
SHERRY VELTE- DIRECTOR
Welcome to the ASI Children’s Center.
I started working here in 1988 as a teacher with 13 years as a teacher and 16 years as the Associate Director, now completing my career as the Center Director. My two “adult” daughters attended the Center. I am a certified Infant Toddler Specialist employed by West Ed, the Program for Infant Toddler Care providing college courses, technical assistance, and coaching to programs in the Sacramento Area. Supporting community based programs is one of my passions so I collaborate with Child Action (local resource and referral agency) providing trainings, workshops, and program assessments. Previously, I worked for Chico State, American River College, and Sutter Memorial Hospital delivering services to families.
Like many of you, my educational track had a few turns that became my strengths. I have an AS in Business Administration with a focus in accounting, a BA in Child Development with a minor in Business Administration, and a MA in Human Development with specializations in leadership, adult and college teaching, and Infant Toddler care.
I want to welcome you to the ASI family and encourage you to contact us should you need resources or information about child care, parenting support, fieldwork, course projects/thesis guidance, Child Development Permit advising, employment, or how we might collaborate with your program.
Phone: (916) 278-5120
SAMANTHA CRISWELL- ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
Samantha has been working with children since 2007. Over the course of her time in the field of ECE, she has worked as both a teacher and an administrator serving children ranging in age from infancy through pre-kindergarten. In 2014, Samantha graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from CSU Sacramento. Currently, she holds a Directors Permit and is pursuing her Master’s Degree which she hopes to complete in the coming year. Samantha has a passion for learning and can often be found exploring new hobbies or topics when she isn’t busy dabbling in the arts. She takes great joy in learning alongside the children, and she is excited to share in their interests as they explore the many wonderful things our world has to offer.
NANCY LOPEZ- OPERATIONS MANAGER
Nancy has been working at the Children’s Center since 2004, first as a student, then an Administrative Fellowship. After graduating with her BS degree in Business, Nancy joined the staff fulltime as Administrative Associate with responsibility for enrolling families for the California Department of Education Child Care Subsidy Program. Nancy is the proud mother of two sons.
Phone: (916) 278-2891
LEXI HALLUM- ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Lexi has been working with children and serving her community since 2014. As the Program Specialist for a recreation program in Oregon, she planned and hosted several community events and activities, mostly geared towards children and families. She was also a volunteer after school leader and helped create an after school program at a title 1 school. Lexi received her bachelors in 2015 at Sac State, majoring in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Administration, graduating cum laude and receiving the Senior Recognition Award for her enthusiasm and quality of work. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, watching movies, and surrounding herself with friends.
Phone: (916) 278-5126
KIM MADRONA- FRONT OFFICE ASSOCIATE
As a recent graduate and alumni of California State University, Sacramento, Kim is honored and proud to be a part of the ASI Children’s Center Family! She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and her goal is to become a school counselor. As a lifelong learner, she is eager to develop skills from various opportunities to serve diverse schools and communities to the best of her abilities. Her experience working with college students as a Desk Attendant at our very own Sacramento State Residential Halls provided an opportunity to support her peers through mentorship. Kim also had an opportunity to work with individuals with Autism as a Behavior Therapist, developing advocacy and communication skills. She is eager to apply her strengths and abilities as the Front Office Associate at the Children’s Center and is motivated to go beyond her duties to serve her community. On her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, being outdoors, trying new food recipes, and staying active. Come say hello to Kim because she is eager to meet fellow Hornets. Stingers up!
Phone: (916) 278-6126