Patricia Pastor
Children's Center & Lab School Director
ECE Adjunct Faculty
Early Childhood Education
(831) 479-6117
Building 1500, Room 1503A

Welcome Students to our spring 2021 semester!

I am 100% deeply committed and look forward to teaching ECE-59: Health, Safety & Nutrition for the Young Child this semester in an online format and sharing with you what I have learned throughout my career. I am extremely proud of my profession and the ability to make a positive impact every day in the lives of so many! “THANK YOU” in advance for your patience, as I rebuild this online course for the first time from being an in-person class.

This course focuses on the principles & practices that promote safe and healthy learning environments for children in the early care and education setting. It meets and exceeds the (15-hour) Preventative Health and Safety requirement for both the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing (Title 22), and the California Department of Education, Early Learning & Care Division (Title 5).

The textbook we will be using this semester is Health, Safety & Nutrition for the Young Child, 10th Edition by Lynn Marotz. It will provide a wealth of information related to supporting the overall health and wellness of young children. It also provides in-depth information about supporting children's nutritional health (birth-school age).

Due to the impact of COVID-19 and how it has affected Child Care Centers in our county, state and nation, I will be sharing current updates and ongoing resources about the procedures and protocols needed to ensure the health and safety of children and staff during this pandemic.

This course requires each student to hold a current EMSA approved Infant, Child & Adult CPR & First Aid Certification. If students have certification, it must be current and not expire before the semester ends. If students do not have certification, they will need to enroll in an external course that is EMSA certified (EMSA-California Emergency Medical Services Authority). *Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, there have been some changes to the CPR & First Aid requirements. More information about the temporary changes will be provided in course outline.

A little bit about my background, education and experience... I am extremely passionate and deeply committed to the profession I have chosen; one that impacts the lives of so many on a daily basis! I am a proud mom of four adult children in a blended family. I have two sons and two daughters, along with "three" grandchildren all under the age of six. And, I now have a "new" grand-puppy!!! I love to garden, swim in the ocean and be with my friends and family.

Education has captured me for 35 years! I have taught and worked closely with many different age groups in a variety of diverse settings. I began my career working toddlers and preschoolers with hearing impairments. This unique experience "HOOKED" me into my career working with young children & families. I began attending Cabrillo College in 1983 and took as many ECE courses that I could, and always knew I would be back to Cabrillo one day.

While obtaining my B.A. degree in Human Arts & Social Sciences, I taught in preschool and after school enrichment programs, as well as facilitated a wide variety family education activities. I then pursued a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and had the opportunity to teach in K, 1st, 3rd & 4th grade classrooms. I absolutely LOVE this experience! In 2006, I obtained my M.A. Degree in Educational Supervision & Leadership and received an Administrative Services Credential.

In 2014, I joined the Cabrillo College as ECE Adjunct Faculty and the Director for the Children's Center & Lab School. The Center is an integral part of the Early Childhood Education Department and College, where children receive a high-quality, early care & education in our culturally diverse setting. The Center offers ECE Students a high-quality “hands-on” standardized workforce training experience in the only non-intrusive observation laboratory site in Santa Cruz County. Students earn their state certification through a practicum and intern experiences with quality mentoring from highly trained Master Teachers. The Center strives to address the workforce demand for highly-skilled and well-trained early care and education teachers, specifically in infant and toddler care. We are proud to serve as one of the four WestEd PITC (Program for Infant & Toddler Care) Demonstration Sites in California. Please visit the Cabrillo College Children’s Center & Lab School website for more information. (Links to an external site.)

Wishing you a successful and engaging semester!


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