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Child Development, Family, and Education

The CDFE Program includes theory and practice in the systematic study of child development and the application of that study to developmentally appropriate Child Development, Family, and Education. The program offers classes fulfilling the requirements for all levels of the California State Department of Education Child Development Permit Matrix (Title 5) which comply with California Department of Social Services (Title 22) requirements for employment in early education programs.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Identify physical, psychosocial, and cognitive developmental levels throughout early childhood and integrate this knowledge with an awareness of individual differences.
  • Interpret the effect of family, social systems, and the cultural diversity inherent within families and communities, on the design and implementation of programs for young children.
  • Associate theory and philosophy with applied curriculum in an early childhood setting in support of developmentally appropriate practice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of developmental theory in designing and implementing early childhood programs while defending age appropriate and culturally diverse practice in work with families and children.
  • Interpret and follow mandates and guidelines included in relevant state and federal regulations.
  • Apply general skills and attitudes integral to success within a professional environment — including: personal responsibility, mental health, and teamwork.

Degree and Career Options

This course of study provides relevant educational experiences for students whose goals include work with children and families with an emphasis on the needs of the rural community.

An Associate of Arts degree in Child Development, Family, and Education is offered through this program, as well as an Associate Degree for Transfer to the California State University System. This course of study articulates to Southern Oregon University and many independent colleges statewide.

Career Options in this field include:
Early Program Site Supervisor
Entry positions in Family Services Agencies
Family Childcare Provider
Head Start Teacher or Site Director
Independent Preschool Teacher or Director
Infant-Toddler Caregiver or Site Director
State Preschool Teacher or Site Director
Note: Some career options may require more than two years of college level study.

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Applying for Permits and Grants - Child Development Permit and Educational Support Grants

Child Deveopment Training Consortium

The Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC) Permit Stipend Program pays the child development permit application fee to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for eligible applicants. Effective July 1, 2022, the child development permit stipend is available for all levels of the permit: Assistant, Associate Teacher, Teacher, Master Teacher, Site Supervisor and Program Director.

  • First Time Applicants: All levels
  • Renewal Applicants: All levels
  • Upgrade Applicants: All levels

Hard Copy Permit Application

Coming in July 2023.

Online Child Development Permit Application

Apply for a Permit Online | Child Development Training Consortium
Select "Apply for Child Development Permit Stipend," then select "Apply for a Permit Online Here." The online permit application can be used for all types and levels of permits.

Stipend Applications are Available

Child Development Training Consortium
The CDTC reimburses $49 of live scan fees to eligible first-time permit applicants. If you have any questions, please contact CDTC.

Educational Support Grant

Apply for an Educational Support Grant

Educational Support Grant Application

The Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC) is pleased to announce that the CDFE Educational Support Grant (ESG) application is available. This program provides support for specific educational expenses to students attending California Community Colleges. Students pursuing a career in early childhood or child development, may be eligible to apply for the new Educational Support Grant. All eligibility criteria included in the application.

Please note the eligibility priorities:

Priority 1: Employees of all direct-funded CDSS/CDE programs including center-based programs and family child care network programs or center-based programs with satellite family child care providers. This also includes co-located Head Start Programs. Employees of any program, center-based or licensed family child care homes, that serve children on a voucher basis for Alternative Payment services. Employees of all other programs including center-based and licensed family child care homes.

Priority 2: Students who are not currently employed (as described in the above Priority 1 requirement) and enrolled in a three-unit CDFE/CD Practicum/Student Teaching course.

If you have questions, please send them to

Important Program Information

Course Rotation

Two-year class rotation schedule

Child Development Permit Worksheets:

  • Assistant Teacher
  • Associate Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Master Teacher
  • Site Supervisor
  • Program Director

Please view the requirements for each level of Child Development Permit on this Permit Matrix.
Visit the Commission on Teacher Credentialing website for information.

Specialization Classes leading to the Master Teacher Permit

Master Teacher Permit

Articulation, Degree and Transfer Information

Degrees, Majors and Certificates

Additional Links

Child Development, Family, and Education Faculty

Program Coordinator CDFE

Patrice Thatcher

Patrice Thatcher
Phone: (530) 938-5290


Career and Technical Education
Phone: (530) 938-5512