Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) strives to improve the lives of children and families. As an integrative and interdisciplinary specialization, CDFS incorporates information from a variety of disciplines to provide a comprehensive academic and professional background for working with children and families. We use primary prevention to empower individuals and families in home and community settings.
Each course on the student's program planner must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. In addition, a course in which a grade lower than "C" is received must be retaken and successfully completed prior to enrolling in a course for which it is a prerequisite. A student receiving a grade lower than a "C" may proceed with other courses with the approval of the Child Development and Family Studies Area Coordinator.
This degree option has been deemed "similar" to the Transfer Model Curriculum for Early Childhood Education and for Childhood Adolescent Development under the Student Transfer Agreement Reform Act (SB 1440-Padilla). Students who complete an approved A.A.-T or A.S.-T degree in Early Childhood Education or in Child and Adolescent Development at a California Community College can meet B.A. in FCS: Option in CDFS requirements with no more than 60 additional units. Contact a CDFS faculty advisor for assistance in program planning.