Child Development


The Mendocino College Child Development Program prepares students for various careers working directly with children and families in public and private programs. The Child Development Program may also serve as a beginning for students planning to attend a four-year college to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

Early Childhood Education is a profession full of purpose and personal reward. Research shows that children who attend high-quality early childhood programs are more likely to be ready for school and successful in life. Come gain the knowledge and skills needed by the high-quality professionals working with young children today.

Early Childhood Education provides a wide array of career opportunities for working with children and their families. These opportunities include becoming a:

  • Preschool teacher
  • Infant/toddler caregiver
  • Assistant teacher
  • ​Site supervisor
  • Center director
  • ​Family childcare provider


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Jill Carey
Program Coordinator

Degrees and Certificates

Child Development Certificate of Achievement

Child Development/Family Relations Associate of Science Degree

Early Childhood Education Associate of Science Degree for Transfer