Early Childhood Development Program
The Early Childhood Development program provides students with a
fundamental understanding of the principles of early childhood
development as well as experience in the application of these
The Early Childhood Development courses and programs are designed
to prepare students for employment in Early Childhood positions.
A broad range of employment opportunities in state supported or
private programs are available by fulfilling the various
certificates and degree requirements. Family child care
providers can benefit from courses designed to advance their skills
both as providers and entrepreneurs of their own in-home business.
The ECD program offers an AA degree in Early Childhood
Development, an AA Degree Early Childhood Intervention and an AS-T
transfer degree in Early Childhood Development as well as
certificates. The degrees prepare students to become teachers
of young children in a variety of preschool and educational
settings. The program is relevant for preschool and elementary
school teachers, educational program directors, recreation leaders,
and family child care providers. Students will have the
opportunity to complete their lab hours required by the program in
the Early Childhood Lab center on the Chabot campus.
The Early Childhood program offers many support services for
their ECD students. We offer ECD courses in Spanish, provide
information about the California Child Development permit and help
you through the process of applying, have a limited textbook lending
library, help you develop an ECD professional development plan,
advise you on career options in Early Childhood and have specialized
programs for students currently working in an Early Childhood
facility. For more information contact ECD faculty or
our Professional Development coordinators.