Mayra Cruz - Child Development


"The most important thing an institution does is not to prepare a student for a career, but for life as a citizen." Frank Newman, founder of Campus Compact and former president of University of Rhode Island and the Education Commission of the States.

Circle of Care Training is an initiative to engage early childhood educators in trauma-informed care. See September 2014 report

Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)  We are in the Self-study final stage.

icteamEarly Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Certificate Program

Santa Clara County is committed to fostering the healthy socio-emotional development of young children birth through 5. Recent research findings point to the importance of providing comprehensive mental health intervention and quality early education services. Children at-risk, abused, neglected, expose to substance abuse deserve our attention and resources.

De Anza College in collaboration with Santa Clara County Health and Hospital Systems, Department of Mental Health, FIRST 5, and service providers have prioritized strategies to engage early childhood educators and mental health professionals in forming circles of support for young children and their families. The collaboration is focusing on developing a framework to influence the field locally and statewide.

Take a look ta the Certificate of Achievement. You can expand your skills and knowledge in Early Childhood Mental Health. 

CARES PLUSadvising

The Santa Clara County CARES program was launched by WestEd's E3 Institute in 2002. CARES, Comprehensive Approaches to Raising Educational Standards, is designed to promote, reward and encourage educational attainment among child care professionals in Santa Clara County through a system of financial incentives and rewards.

College Contacts: Fatemeh Zarghami (408/864-8999X3118  Diane Langfelder,

Perkins Career and Technical Education


Latina Leadership Project

An effort to increase the capacity of Latina to lead--- become involved in county and city commissions, non-profit boards and electoral politics.  For more information contact Mayra Cruz at





email Email: Mayra Cruz
Phone: 408.864.8215
Office: CD2-21C

Child Development and Education Department


Last Updated: 11/11/14