Announcements & Events

Most CHLD classes will be offered
at the Sunnyvale Center, opening
Fall 2016. See location info.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
For location, please RSVP to

Welcome to Foothill's Child Development Program
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Department of Child Development

The 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. The program offers a strong foundation in child development that allows students to take classroom and lab learning into the workplace to create quality developmentally appropriate learning environments.

The Child Development Program is a vocational training program which prepares students for future work as early childhood educators in diverse early childhood settings. The coursework and certificates meet entry level professional requirements for early childhood programs.

The Foothill College Department of Child Development holds the majority of its courses at the new Sunnyvale Center.

You have the opportunity to enroll in classes, 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.

  • Certificate of Achievement: Child Development Teacher: (71 units)
  • Certificate of Achievement in Program Supervision and Mentoring (83 units)
  • School Age Child Care Certificate of Specialization (23 units)
  • Infant Toddler Development Certificate of Specialization (23 units)
  • Early Childhood Education Certificate of Achievement (24 units)
  • Inclusion and Children with Special Needs Certificate of Specialization (24 units)

A student earning an Associate in Arts degree in Child Development may be able to apply some child development units toward the lower division major preparation requirement at a 4 year college or university in disciplines such as child development, human development, child psychology, social work, and K-12 education. Students planning to transfer should see a counselor to determine transfer requirements for specific 4 year colleges or universities.

Academic and career counseling is available for all students interested in participating in the Child Development program. Contact Counseling for academic advising . For career and permit advice, contact Departent Chair Nicole Kerbey at

Foothill College is on a quarter system and you can start the program any quarter. You can apply, register or view additional class schedules online.