Welcome

The Child Development and Education Department at Palomar College is a comprehensive program within the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division. The department offers six AS degrees and eight certificates in Child Development. The Child Development Department prepares students for employment as infant/toddler teachers, preschool teachers, daycare providers, directors, elementary school teachers, and other child development careers, such as trainers and consultants, that focus on the children.

The Child Development and Education Department is a highly successful program at Palomar College. The department works closely with the Early Childhood Education Lab School on campus, as well as many other childcare sites in the community, by placing students to observe and/or participate with young children.  The department oversees the operations of the Early Childhood Education Lab Schools at the Palomar College San Marcos and Escondido sites. The department also directs the Child Development Training Consortium and the California Early Childhood Mentor Program.

All of the programs and opportunities offered by the Child Development Department benefit students at Palomar College, as well as community members, through education, experience, financial assistance, and high-quality child care.

Student Advising 
If you need assistance with transferring, planning your schedule, applying for a permit or any other information regarding the department, please schedule an appointment with Laurel Anderson, PHD, Department Chair  landerson@palomar.edu or 760-744-1150 x5528.

–Anti-Racism and Solidarity Statement-

The Child Development and Education Department at Palomar College supports our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students and colleagues and stands in solidarity with contemporary movements in raising awareness of widespread systemic racism and discrimination, as well as the Call to Action for Palomar College. As faculty and staff in the CHDV Department, we commit to continuing to work on addressing the needs of our students and community by maintaining individual and collective work towards the goal of anti-racism. We prioritize the values of combating systemic racism and preventing marginalization and oppression while reflecting and taking action on working towards a more just future for all children. By committing to embedding anti-racist practices into our coursework, we commit to improving the education of future early childhood educators and ensure that our programs support the excellence of our BIPOC students.