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Child Development

About the Program

Prepare yourself for a rewarding career in early childhood education. Our child development program provides a strong foundation for you to take classroom and lab learning into your workplace.

Our Child Development Program is designed to deepen understanding of children, their families and developmentally appropriate practices while preparing students for careers in early childhood education.

Most classes are held at our Sunnyvale Center

You have the opportunity to receive stipends for completions of specified coursework, get reimbursed for class fees, and earn an Associate of Arts Degree or transfer to a 4-year university to continue your studies.


2.1 million Approximate number of early childhood educators

Transfer Students

Career Opportunities

There are many career and employment opportunities working with children, including these listed below. Read more about careers in child development


What can you do with a degree in child development?

  • Teaching and directing child development programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children
  • Operating a family child care home or child care center
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Parenting or childbirth educator
  • Supporting a teacher as a classroom instructional aide
  • Working with children with disabilities, learning or behavioral challenges
  • plus many more

Degree & Program Types

Check out this list for a quick view of our child development programs. For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.

Associate in Arts Degree

  • Child Development

Associate Degree for Transfer

  • Early Childhood Education

See ADT Requirements


  • Certificates of Achievement
    • Child Development Teacher 
    • Program Supervision and Mentoring
  • Certificates of Specialization                                                         
    • Early Childhood Education
    • School-Age Child Care
    • Inclusion and Children with Special Needs 
    • Infant/Toddler Development

Apply for a Certificate


Our child development program includes courses that may be taken as general education requirements for other majors.

See our course catalog for detailed descriptions, with links to currently offered classes.

Core Classes

CHLD 1 Child Growth & Development: Prenatal through Early Childhood
CHLD 2 Child Growth & Development II: Middle Childhood through Adolescence
CHLD 51A Affirming Diversity in Education
CHLD 56 Observation & Assessment
CHLD 56N Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children
CHLD 86A Mentoring the Early Care & Education Professional
CHLD 86B Practicum Student Teaching in an Early Childhood Program
CHLD 88 Child, Family & Community
CHLD 88B Positive Behavior Management
CHLD 89 Curriculum for Early Care & Education Programs
CHLD 95 Health, Safety & Nutrition in Children's Programs

+ many more electives


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Located at the Foothill College Sunnyvale Center

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Child Development Department


Sunnyvale Campus, 211Q

Division Office Contacts

Office: Building 3000, Room 3007
Kurt Hueg, Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7322
Becki DiGregorio
Division Administrative Assistant
Phone: 650.949.7322
FAX: 650.949.7422
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