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    Mitchell Child Development Center is in charge of qualifying and providing children with Early Childhood  Special Education services in the Least Restrictive Environment. We look forward to working with parents and service providers to provide services to our early childhood students to ensure student success. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.


    Mark Bello, Principal

    3001 W. Harvard St.

    Santa Ana, CA 92704

    Phone: (714) 285-4600

    Fax: (714) 285-4699




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Principal's Message

  • Thank you for visiting the Mitchell Child Development Center (CDC) school website.   We provide a wide variety of Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) programs for children with special needs, (i.e., ECSE programs:  Early Start, SUCSESS).    Our philosophy is to provide individual early intervention to children as identified through the assessment process. 
    Some quick information about Mitchell CDC:
    • Mitchell CDC serves approximately 400  to 500 children, ages birth to five years of age.
    • Mitchell  CDC houses 11 special education preschool programs, 1 Full Inclusion Head Start program and  Early Start Program (children birth to three years of age), as well as  Head Start and State Preschool programs.
    • Satellite special education preschool classes are located the following elementary school sites:  Harvey, Heroes, Hoover, Kennedy, Lincoln, Washington, and Taft.
    • Parent involvement and trainings is an integral part of all our programs; parent trainings are offered on designated Student Free Fridays.
    • Typical peers are a component of all programs.
    • Preschool Assessment Teams (PAT):  The assessment teams assess children who have been identified as having areas of concern.  Based upon the assessment results, special education eligibility is determined.

    Early intervention determines our children's future.  Early intervention can be remedial or preventive in nature and focuses on the child, parents, and family.    Our early intervention programs are school-based and home-based.   

    It is an honor and privilege to provide for the children in attendance at the Mitchell Child Development Center (CDC).    We welcome your questions and suggestions. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (714) 430-5600, or contact me at
    Respectfully yours,
    Mark Bello


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