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.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:
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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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.
Coming in July 2023.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Two-year class rotation schedule
Please view the requirements for each level of Child Development Permit on this Permit Matrix.
Visit the Commission on Teacher Credentialing website for information.
Degrees, Majors and Certificates
Phone: (530) 938-5290
Career and Technical Education
Phone: (530) 938-5512