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Portrait of department coordinator

Kristin Zink

Program Coordinator*

Contact for Department:
Kristin.Zink@gcccd.edu
phone: (619) 660-4512
Office: CCDC (R-111)

Child Development

Would you like to work with Children?

The child development curriculum is designed to prepare students for employment as:

  • Teachers
  • Directors in preschools and child care centers
  • Aides in preschools and child care centers

Infant/toddler care and Extended Day Facilities are included.

These courses are also appropriate for parents, nurses and administrators.

EARN AN ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE DEGREE

The Associate Degree in Child Development meets the educational requirements of the Regular Children’s Center Instructional permits for:

  • Teacher
  • Master Teacher
  • Site Supervisor

Courses are designed to partially meet lower division course preparation for students planning a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development at an institute of high learning.


EARN A CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT OR SPECIALIZATION

# Infants and Toddlers Certificate of Achievement
# Preschool Children Certificate of Achievement
# School Age Child Care Certificate of Achievement
# Early Childhood Intervention Certificate of Specialization
# Recreational Leadership- Outdoor Programs Certificate of Specialization

Course work in these programs meets the educational components of the Department of Social Services license regulations for child care programs funded by Title V.

STATE OF THE ART EDUCATION

The child development program incorporates emerging research and current philosophical frameworks into proven child development theories and practices.

Students get hands-on experience at all levels of their academic experience in our state-of-the-art Child Development Center (CDC).

The CDC serves as a primary component of our child development program as a dynamic and evolving model teaching facility. The center and programs are committed to creating indoor and outdoor environments that reflect a respect for nature, natural materials, and resources.

FACULTY

The true strength of our child development program lies in its diverse and experienced part-time faculty. Under the leadership of two full-time instructors, the part-time faculty brings rich real world knowledge and perspective to our child development classes.

The faculty have enriched our program with their community-based early education experiences, including the:

  • Cuyamaca Water Conservation Garden
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Special Education Early Childhood
  • Camping and recreation programs
  • And a wide variety of funded, non-profit, and faith-based early childhood and extended care programs.

Additionally, the Coordinator and the Administrative Assistant of our Child Development Center are an essential member of the part-time faculty.

Career Technical Education

This web site is supported by Carl D. Perkins VTEA IC funds through the System. Office, California Community Colleges,
Grant #08-C01-020

Revised  November 24, 2012
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