Center Contact Information/Location/Hours
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.
Fall 2017 (August 28 – December 08)
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Spring 2018 (January 22 – May 11)
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
6000 J Street
Sacramento, Ca 95819-6037
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
JESSICA ESCOBAR -ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Hello, I’m Jessica Escobar the Office Assistant here at the center. I have 10+ years experience in the office setting as an Administrative Assistant. The ASI Children’s Center is a wonderful place to work and I enjoy greeting the “little ones” on a daily bases. When I am not at the office I spend my spare time with my family and friends and enjoy following the sun to places with beautiful blue beaches.
CHANELLE BRACKENS- FRONT OFFICE ASSOCIATE
Chanelle grew up in the Bay Area and moved to Sacramento to attend Sac State. She graduated in Spring 2014 with a degree in Organizational Communications. She has worked in customer services for many years, including previously working on campus in the Union. In her free time she enjoys listening to music and going to concerts.
JENNIFER FRAGATA - COOK
Jennifer grew up in San Francisco. She moved to Sacramento to raise her family in 2003. She is a proud mom of 4 children. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, hanging out with friends/family, and working on home projects.