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Welcome to the Child Development Program!

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The VVC Child Development Program prepares students for a variety of educational and career pathways. These pathways include employment in early childhood education and/or transfer to a four-year university for more advanced study.

The field of Child Development is unique in that students with as little as 12 units of Child Development and 50 days experience (3 hours or more per day) can qualify for an Associate Teacher Permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. With this entry-level permit, individuals are able to gain career related experience (subbing, teacher’s aide) while continuing their education towards an Associate Degree or preparing for transfer to a four-year university.

The VVC Child Development Program prides itself on providing future child development professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the field as well providing local industry with knowledgeable, competent early childhood professionals.

The VVC Child Development Program offers on campus courses in the morning, afternoon and evenings. We also have numerous online courses to accommodate students with busy schedules. We encourage you to explore our program page for additional information on certificate and degree programs, the CHDV Instructional Lab, career opportunities and a variety of student and alumni resources.

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As an integral part of the Child Development Program, the Child Development Lab Classroom was established on campus in January of 1974. The primary goal of the Child Development Lab Classroom is to provide students with the opportunities to experience a high quality preschool classroom that demonstrates best practices within our field.

For more information about the Child Development Instructional Lab click here

Please explore our site and let us know if you have any questions!





Last Updated 6/5/21