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Child Development and Education

About Us

students in lobbyDe Anza College Child Development and Education Department coursework provides an understanding of the foundation years of human development. Whether your goal is to be a better parent, student, counselor, or teacher, a developmental perspective contributes to greater effectiveness and success for you.

All certificates and degrees in the division are designed to match the child development permit and professional licensing requirements and to encourage continuation to the next level of achievement. Beginning at De Anza and continuing on to four-year and research institutions, you can pursue the study of child development to the doctoral level.

Instructors in our division have field experience as well as scholarly expertise. They have diverse specializations ranging from infant and toddler development to elementary education, from science curriculum to program administration, from language acquisition to musical expression. They welcome the opportunity to assist you in achieving your goals.

Within the Child Development building, the De Anza Child Development Center (CDC) is a laboratory school with a two-fold purpose. First, it provides quality learning experiences for over 100 children and their families. Children who attend this school range in age from 18 months to 5 years.

Second, the CDC serves as a laboratory/demonstration school for De Anza Child Development students, as well as for those in other disciplines, providing opportunities for observation as well as a Practicum experience.

Educational Master Plan

De Anza College Educational Master Plan
Sustainability Section: Final Draft to EMP Committee
JKC rev.  2/25/2010
The Foothill-De Anza Community College District 2005-2015 Educational Master Plan
includes “promoting environmental sustainability” as a core value. We know studies link
a healthy environment to improved student learning and our actions impact this outcome,
from facilities operations to student services to educational instruction.
Historically, De Anza College educators have inspired a rich legacy of environmental
activism and community and civic engagement among students, faculty, staff, college and
district leadership, and community partners. Founded in 1992, the College Environmental
Advisory Group (CEAG) helped to set policy. The milestone 2005 opening of the Kirsch
Center for Environmental Studies – the first demonstration building for energy
innovation and sustainability in the California Community College system – served to
further sustainability efforts on the De Anza campus.
As an educational entity, De Anza College embraces and fosters sustainability as a core
value. For the College, sustainability encompasses making provision and taking
responsibility for ensuring that every college action and decision embodies and
institutionalizes environmental stewardship, social equity and citizenship, and
financial responsibility as represented in our sustainability policy. The College will
achieve these sustainability goals through implementation and continual improvement of
the College Sustainability Management Plan (SMP), adopted by all levels of campus
governance in fall 2007. The SMP provides the means for the College to involve all
members of the college community in a consensus-based model of shared governance to
achieve the highest possible sustainability performance. This approach includes education, operations and planning, administration and engagement, with a focus on the following:

1. Identifying and cataloging the environmental risks and opportunities (not just those
regulated by law),  
2. Setting a framework for prioritizing those risks and opportunities, and  
3. Systematically applying greater management to the risks and impacts deemed most
important, with the goal of reducing these risks to the minimum extent practical.  
Consequently, we fully embrace the inclusion of sustainability within the De Anza
College Educational Master Plan, which adds strength to our commitment to ensure that
each member of our college community becomes an active agent in making choices and
taking action for a healthy and sustainable future — for our students, the college and the
broader community.

Chair: Nellie Vargas
Office: CD2-21E
Phone: 408.864.8788



Last Updated: 6/11/15