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About Our Program

The Early Childhood and Family Life Education Department is a large, complex, occupational and transfer program that includes partnerships and strong collaborative relationships with a variety of local community and state agencies and programs. The core values, efforts and activities of the ECE Department directly reflect key components of the Cabrillo College mission:

  • To enhance the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of our diverse community
  • To provide an accessible and effective learning environment which aids students in their pursuit of transfer, career preparation, job advancement, personal fulfillment and retraining goals
  • To respect all people and cultures
  • To encourage excellence, offer a balanced curriculum, promote teaching methods for diverse learning styles, and involve and enrich our community
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The Early Childhood Education program of courses integrates theory and practice to help students deepen their understanding of children. As an ECE student you'll study the dynamic processes that drive children's learning and development within the context of the family and the care-giving and school environments.

Who may study Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program is appropriate for students who wish to:
  • Teach in a child development program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, or school-age children
  • Open a small childcare business, a family childcare home or a private childcare center
  • Work as a teacher's assistant in elementary school programs
  • Transfer to a four-year college or university in fields related to children, family life, education, and community service
  • Learn more effective parenting skills
  • Become a foster parent
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