Dr. Marvene Lobato Child Care Center

Dr. Marvene Lobato Child Care Center (DMLCCC) is a developmental preschool in Phoenix, Arizona, with programs for infants, toddlers, and three-to-five-year-old children. We serve students identified as having special educational needs.

Each of our classrooms integrate elements of early childhood and special education programming with a strong emphasis on language acquisition and development. Utilizing the Creative Curriculum for Preschool system, DMLCCC teachers encourage learning through hands-on exploration and discovery. This allows children to develop confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills. Our low student-to-teacher ratios allows us to address each student’s unique IEP needs, while eligible students receive speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and vision services.

We are a 4-star Quality First program.


All students attending one of our programs must complete a registration packet (available on our district website or in the front office of DMLCCC) and provide the following documentation:

  • Valid Arizona ID of parent/guardian
  • Proof of residence
  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Immunization records
  • Emergency contact card
  • Medication consent form
  • Photography consent form
  • Legal custody papers (if applicable)
  • Medical plan developed with the RN (if applicable)

Returning Students
All returning students must provide updated immunization records and an emergency contact card annually before attending school.


DMLCCC offers affordable childcare and preschool educational opportunities to students according to the following schedule.

Infants and Toddlers

  • $50 registration fee
  • Infants (6 weeks–12 months)
    • $160.00 weekly
  • Toddlers (1 year and walking–2 years)
    • $140.00 weekly
  • $10/30 minutes late fee

We do not provide child care services on an hourly basis.

Developmental Preschool
We offer our special education program free of charge to three-to-five-year-old students who have developmental delays in cognition, communication, social/emotional development, and/or adaptive and motor development; and who are eligible for special education services based on formal SPED evaluations.

Role Models
Our peer role model program is available to the preschool-aged children within our community based on space available. Fees include:

  • $50 registration fee
  • Weekly tuition (payable through payroll deduction)
    • Half-day tuition: $40
    • Full-day tuition: $80