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Child Development and Education

Welcome to Our Child Development and Education Department

Child Development Center"Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world."Paulo Freire

Our faculty is committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning for all students. We are proud of the many special programs and grants we are able to offer you as you pursue your academic, professional, or personal goals. Your success pursuing your goals is our success.


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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.

Our Values

  • 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


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



Last Updated: 6/8/12