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Child Development and Education

Child Development and Education Department  Welcome!

Child Development Center


Our vision is of a world where every child is nurtured, respected, and supported in their development by professional, well-trained teachers who help them to become responsible, engaged and caring citizens of the global community.


Mission Statement

cindy with bubblesThe mission of the Child Development and Education Department is to prepare a diverse student population including Child Development majors and students from other majors and departments for transfer within the Behavioral and Social Sciences.  The department also provides comprehensive educational opportunities to help students meet professional growth and workforce requirements.


  • The importance of relationships in all human learning
  • Pedagogy grounded in current research and knowledge
  • Embracing diversity through genuine acceptance of each individual’s uniqueness
  • Communication as a mutual responsibility
  • Professionalism demonstrated through reflective practice, ethical behavior, advocacy and life long learning

What's New!

Child Development Careers

For more information contact: Ashley Phillips
Career Development Coordinator (408) 864-5717 or

Need support with English Language Development?  Enroll in the Language Instruction for Teachers (LIFT) Program.  In 2016,  will be offering ESL 280 (1 unit-Winter course) connected to Child Development Classes CD 10G, CD10H, CD12, CD50, CD51, CD54, CD56, or CD64; and ESL 254 (2 units- Spring course) connected to any Child Development classes. For more information contact Mayra E. Cruz at


Chair: Nellie Vargas
Office: CD2-21E
Phone: 408.864.8788



Last Updated: 9/19/15