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Child Development Department

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The Child Development 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, day care providers, directors, elementary school teachers, and other child development careers, such as trainers and consultants, that focus on the child, from birth to age 8.

The Child Development 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. Additionally, the department works with the Cares Program, which operates through the YMCA.

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.

–Anti-Racism and Solidarity Statement-

The Child Development 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.

— 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 or 760-744-1150 x5528

Palomar’s Early Childhood Education lab school has openings for children and teachers! Visit their website and visit the applications and resources pages for more information!
The Palomar College Early Childhood Education Lab School is Hiring teachers and assistant teachers! Please submit your application to Tamara Holthaus (ECELS Coordinator) via email at
Did you know we offer a certificate specific for working with School-Age Children grades K-6?
Interested in becoming a K-12 Teacher? Learn about the Teaching Credential Programs offered at Cal State San Marcos. Monday, May 17 6-7pm on ZOOM
Some preschools must require all teachers to have their Child Development Permit. Join this free workshop to learn more about the permit, what it requires, and how to apply. For more information, also visit
Easter Seals provides free childcare to parents who are in school or working. Contact them directly to see if you qualify!
Join us Monday 4/12 6-7pm on Zoom Meeting ID: 551 386 1321
It’s not too late to take a Child Development Class this semester! New Students are welcome!
Some preschools must require all teachers to have their Child Development Permit. Join this free workshop to learn more about the permit, what it requires, and how to apply. For more information, also visit
All students welcome! Enroll today for Spring online classes that begin 2/1
Join in on this free presentation by Dr. Kiley Lizama, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist on Tuesday, December 1 5:30-7:30
This Saturday!
All students are invited to this special online event by Art with an Impact on Mental Health.