Child Development and Early Childhood Education

Why Study Child Development and Early Childhood Education at CCC?

The Early Childhood Education Department at Clovis Community College teaches students to work with young children and their families in a variety of roles and settings. Early education programs include state-funded children's programs, private and public preschools, family child-care, and public school programs. Classes in Early Childhood Education can lead to careers working directly or indirectly with children in related fields, such as psychology, social services, and pediatric health. Students can earn certificates that align with the California Child Development Permit Matrix, in order to qualify for various education roles in the field of early care and education. Our core 8 classes can be easily transferred to other approved colleges or universities.

Our Philosophy

Our view of children's development and learning is based on our beliefs which are founded on research and are supported by development theory. It is our belief that young children are competent individuals who grow and learn through exploring and investigating the world around them. We view each child as unique with their own pattern of development, influenced by their socio-cultural experiences. We value each child and their family and desire a connection between home and school. We are committed to supporting children's social-emotional growth and wellbeing.

Child Development Courses

Child Development Courses:
Course Course Description
CHDEV 1 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children
CHDEV 3 Introduction to Curriculum
CHDEV 5 Parent Education
CHDEV 6 Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education
CHDEV 11 The Young Child with Special Needs
CHDEV 12 Child Abuse
CHDEV 15 Diversity and Culture in Early Care Education Programs
CHDEV 17A Infant and Toddler Practicum
CHDEV 17B Advanced Infant and Toddler Development
CHDEV 19V Cooperative Work Experience, Child Development
CHDEV 20 Observation and Assessment
CHDEV 30 Child, Family, and Community
CHDEV 32 Early Intervention
CHDEV 37A Early Childhood Practicum
CHDEV 37B Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education
CHDEV 38 Lifespan Development
CHDEV 39 Child Growth and Development
CHDEV 40A Administration I, Programs in Early Childhood Education
CHDEV 40B Administration II: Personnel and Leadership in Early Childhood Education
CHDEV 45 Adult Supervision and Mentoring in Early Care and Education
CHDEV 47 Emergent Literacy
CHDEV 49 Guidance for Young Children

Degrees & Certificates offered

  • Child Development AS
  • Early Childhood Education AS-T
  • Child Development Certificate
  • Child Development Associate Teacher Certificate
  • Child Development Early Intervention Assistant Certificate
  • Child Development/Teacher Certificate



National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.


Career Opportunities

  • Education Administrators
  • Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, and Infant Toddler Teachers
  • Child Family and School Social Workers
  • Nannies
  • Child Life Specialist

Child Development Brochure (PDF)

Child Development Contact

Elizabeth Romero
Office: Clovis Community College
Office Number: (559) 325-5247

Sallie Turpen
Office: Clovis Community College
Office Number: (559) 325-5249