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Welcome to Child and Family Studies, where you can explore opportunities in academic and professional preparation for a variety of careers related to children and families. Our comprehensive department provides coursework in child development, elementary education, family studies, and gerontology, as well as a state of the art Child Development Center/Lab School, where theory is translated into best practices.

Our philosophy is that all ages of the lifespan deserve well educated, nurturing and ethical professionals. Each of our courses of study prepares students for satisfying and lucrative careers in an expanding workforce, as well as transfer to four year baccalaureate programs. Our highly qualified and experienced faculty provide current, informed, and enriching classes that lead to certificates and degrees in all four disciplines.

Your success is our top priority. If you are pursuing academic goals leading towards careers as an early childhood educator, working with young children and their families, elementary school teaching, or working with aging and elderly, this is the department for you.

Please come and visit us, discuss our certificate and degree programs, visit our Child Development Center, and join us in our commitment to providing a meaningful, high-quality, stimulating, and satisfying journey to reach your goals.

Child, Family, and Education Studies Programs

Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate Additional Requirements
Academic Readiness C
Academic Readiness, Bilingual GED Preparation C
Child Development AA C
Child Development Administration C
Child Development Core C
Child Development Specializing in Dual Language Learning C
Child Development Specializing in Family Child Care C
Child Development Specializing in Infant and Toddler C
Child Development Specializing in Preschool C
Child Development Specializing in Special Needs C
Early Childhood Education AS-T
Elementary Teacher Education AA-T
Family Child Care SC
Family Studies AA C
Gerontology AA C
Pathway to Citizenship C
School Age Care and Education C

Contact Us


Dr. Veronica Allen,
Department Chair
​​​​Email: allenvv@lamission.edu

Patricia Rodriguez,
Department Vice-Chair
Email: RodrigPS@lamission.edu
Phone: (818) 364-7670

Diane Stein,
Child Development Center Director
Email: SteinDB@lamission.edu
Phone: (818) 364-7865

Richard Lam,
Department Secretary
Email: LamRQ@lamission.edu
Phone: (818) 364-7722

Veronica Allen,
Education and Child Development Faculty​​​​​​
Email: AllenVV@lamission.edu
Phone: (818) 364-7809

Ivet Bazikyan,
Family and Consumer Studies Faculty
Email: BazikyI@lamission.edu
Phone: ​​​​​(818) 833-3422

Emily Bill,
Psychology Faculty​​​​​​
Email: BillEB@lamission.edu
Phone: (818) 833-335

Lilamani De Silva,
Child Development Faculty​​​​​​
Email: DesilvLP@lamission.edu
Phone: (818) 364-7673

Rita Grigoryan,
Child Development Faculty
Email: GrigorR@lamission.edu
Phone: (818) 364-7860