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Child and Family Studies Department

Child and Family Studies Department : Child Development

Child Development

The Child Development Program offers students:

  • Academic Programs
  • Career Preparation in the Child Development field

The Child Development Program meets the diverse needs of students:

  • Employment Preparation
  • Certificates
  • Associate of Arts Degree in Child Development
  • Early Childhood Education Associate of Science-Transfer (AS-T) Degree (transfer to 4-year university)
  • Child Development Permits issued by California Teacher Credentialing
  • Day, Evening, and Saturday courses available
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) courses available
Check out our programs brochure Here


Certificate of Accomplishment (Skills Certificate) - 12 units

  • Certificate of Accomplishment in Child Development Administration
  • Certificate of Accomplishment in Family Child Care

Certificate of Achievement - 12 units Gainful Employment Disclosures

  • Child Development Core (meets requirements for Title 22)

Certificate of Achievement (Transfer) - 25 units

The Child Development Department offers a Transfer Certificate for the CSU

system and/or to specialize in a specific area as listed below:

  • Child Development Certificate (CSU Transfer) 

Specialization for AA Degree - 36 units each

Click here for details about each certificate requirement.


Click here for details on the Child Development Permit matrix.


Click here for details on the permit application process.

Two Associate Degrees (60 units)

Options Available (Please see an advisor to discuss which option is best for you):

  • Associate in Arts Degree in Child Development - A minimum of 60 units
    • 36 units Certificate of Achievement in Child Development
    • 24 units of General Education Course
  • Early Childhood Education Transfer Model Degree - A minimum of 60 units
    • This transfer degree will allow students to transfer to a CSU as a Child Development, Human Development, and Early Childhood Education or related major.
    • 25 units Certificate of Achievement in Child Development
    • 35 units in General Education Courses

Apply Here

Contact Us

Department Chair
Dr. Veronica Allen

Department Vice-Chair
Patricia Rodriguez


Child Development Center Director
Diane Stein


Department Secretary
Richard Lam


Education and Child Development Faculty
Veronica Allen


Family and Consumer Studies Faculty
Ivet Bazikyan


Psychology Faculty
Emily Bill


Child Development Faculty
Lilamani De Silva


Child Development Faculty
Rita Grigoryan


Psychology Faculty
Dr. Christopher Williams