Diane Studinka, M.S.

Professor, Child Development                                           dstudinka@palomar.edu                                                                                                                                                     Office: MD-359                                                                                                               Phone:  760-744-1150 x2208

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Office Hours:                                                                                                                         By appointment

Teaching Summer 2014:                                                                                                          CHDV 99 – Preparation for Child Development Majors                                                            CHDV 152A – Environmental Rating Scale for Early Childhood Settings                       CHDV 152B – Environmental Rating Scale for Infant/Toddler Settings                             CHDV 152C – Environmental Rating Scale for Family Child Care                                 CHDV 152D – Environmental Rating Scale for School Age Care

Teaching Fall 2014:                                                                                                         CHDV 99 – Preparation for Child Development Majors                                                  CHDV 105 – Observation and Assessment                                                                     CHDV 105A – Observation, Assessment and Participation Lab: Preschool                   CHDV 105B – Observation, Assessment and Participation Lab: Infant/Toddler               CHDV 105C – Observation, Assessment and Participation Lab: Early Inclusion           CHDV 120 – Health, Safety and Nutrition                                                                        CHDV 152A – Environmental Rating Scale for Early Childhood Settings                       CHDV 152B – Environmental Rating Scale for Infant/Toddler Settings                             CHDV 152C – Environmental Rating Scale for Family Child Care                                 CHDV 152D – Environmental Rating Scale for School Age Care                                  CHDV 185 – Introduction to Curriculum                                                                          CHDV 201 – Practicum in Early Childhood Education

Teaching Spring 2015:                                                                                                     CHDV 99 – Preparation for Child Development Majors                                                  CHDV 105 – Observation and Assessment                                                                     CHDV 105A – Observation, Assessment and Participation Lab: Preschool                   CHDV 105B – Observation, Assessment and Participation Lab: Infant/Toddler               CHDV 105C – Observation, Assessment and Participation Lab: Early Inclusion           CHDV 120 – Health, Safety and Nutrition                                                                        CHDV 152A – Environmental Rating Scale for Early Childhood Settings                       CHDV 152B – Environmental Rating Scale for Infant/Toddler Settings                             CHDV 152C – Environmental Rating Scale for Family Child Care                                 CHDV 152D – Environmental Rating Scale for School Age Care                                  CHDV 185 – Introduction to Curriculum                                                                          CHDV 202 – Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education: Preschool                CHDV 203 – Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education: Infant/Toddler            CHDV 204 – Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education: Inclusive Setting

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Programs I Oversee:                                                                                                         Child Development Training Consortium:  Contact me if you need a Child Development Permit                                                                                                                                    AB 212 Cares:  Contact me if you need an Educational Plan for AB 212 CARES

My journey here at Palomar College began as a student right after high school.  Once I completed my GE and first Child Development course, I transferred to Humboldt State University and earned my BA in Child Development.  After returning to the San Diego area, I earned my MS from National University. 

I have been working in the field of Child Development since 1986.  Over the years, I have worked in just about every setting, from a licensed family child care, a before and after school program, Head Start, a private for-profit center, and a state funded center.   I have had just about every position available in the field from aide to director. 

I began my work career at Palomar College in January of 1995 as a teacher of the 2-3 year olds at the Child Development Center on campus.  While at the Center, I was a teacher, site supervisor, and coordinator.  While at the same time, I began teaching as part-time in the Child Development Department in 1996 and became full-time in 2000.  I have also served as Department Chair.  One of the best parts of my job is not only to teach Child Development classes, but to also be the Child Development Center Liaison.  I have been the Liaison since 2003.  I am the link between the Center and the administration on campus.

On a more personal note, I met my husband while taking a communications class here at Palomar.  We were married in 1995 and have a wonderful teenage son, who is always challenging me to use my education and experience.  I was born and raised in Escondido and live there with my family.  When I have some free time, I enjoy photography, needle work, gardening, and doing anything hands-on.  Even as the years go on, each and every day I am thankful for all that Palomar College has given to me.