Child and Family Studies (CFS)

CFS-120 3 Units Child Development

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course examines the major physical, psychosocial, cognitive, language, and emotional developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence. There will be emphasis on interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students will observe children, evaluate differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

CFS-121 3 Units Health, Safety & Nutrition

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course will provide an introduction to the laws, regulations, standards, policies and procedures and early childhood curriculum related to child health safety and nutrition. The key components that ensure physical health, mental health and safety for both children and staff will be identified along with the importance of collaboration with families and health professionals. Focus is on integrating the concepts into everyday planning and program development for all children.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-122 3 Units Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

An examination of the underlying theoretical principles of developmentally appropriate practices applied to programs, environments. This course emphasizing the key role of relationships, constructive adult-child interactions, and teaching strategies in supporting physical, social, creative and intellectual development for all children. This course includes a review of the historical roots of early childhood programs and the evolution of the professional practices promoting advocacy, ethics and professional identity.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-123 4 Units Observation & Assessment

54 hours lecture; 54 hours lab; 108 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of CFS-120 with a minimum grade of C, a negative TB test, and a Good Health Statement.

This course focuses on the appropriate use of assessment and observation strategies to document development, growth, play and learning in order to join with families and professionals in promoting children's success and maintaining quality programs. Recording strategies, rating systems, portfolios, and multiple assessment methods are explored. Requires a good health statement, negative TB test, and a fingerprint clearance.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-125 0.5 Units Using Simple Signs With Children in the Early Childhood Setting

9 hours lecture; 9 hours total

This course explores the benefits and research regarding signing with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The course will also cover techniques for implementing the use of signs in the classroom with children, as well as basic signing exercises and games.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-130 3 Units The Creative Process in Young Children

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of CFS-122 and CFS-123 with a minimum grade of C.

Students will explore techniques that support the creative abilities of young children in the creative arts including explorations with textures and movement, color, representational drawing and painting, 3-dimensional media, and various art mediums. This course emphasizes a culture of inquiry and fostering children's long-term investigative approaches using art that is based on children's developmental progression and cognitive capacities.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-135 3 Units The Cognitive Development of Young Children

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of CFS-122 and CFS-123 with a minimum grade of C.

This course explores how young children think and how they develop theories and concepts about the world around them. While exploring the maturation of the brain and development, students will investigate the materials and environments that support children's cognitive development, including the development of math and science skills.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-140 3 Units The Child, Family and Community

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course is a multicultural examination of the processes of socialization focusing on the interrelationships of family, school, and community and emphasizing historical and socio-cultural factors. Topics include the interactions among children, family, school, peers, media, and community, with an emphasis on ethnic diversity, social class, gender roles, and their impact on family behavior, values, morals, and attitudes.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

CFS-145 3 Units Language Development & Early Literacy

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

The development of language in young children and the role of literature are examined, including a detailed exploration of quality children's literature. The practical use of language and literature in a variety of early childhood settings will be discussed.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-150 3 Units Infant/Toddler Development & Education

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of CFS-120 with a minimum grade of C.

A study of infants and toddlers from pre-conception to age three including physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional growth and development. Applies theoretical frameworks to interpret behavior and interactions between heredity and environment. Emphasizes the role of family, attachment, and relationships in development.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-151 3 Units Care and Education for Infants and Toddlers

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of CFS-150 with a minimum grade of C.

This course applies current theory and research to the care and education of infants and toddlers in group settings. Examines essential policies, principles and practices that lead to quality care and developmentally appropriate curriculum for children birth to 36 months.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-155 3 Units Sensitive Issues in Early Childhood

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This is an introductory course on issues in life that affect children: marriage; separation and divorce; death; sex and sexuality; self-acceptance; cultural and racial identity; hospitalization; and child abuse. This course is designed for parents, individuals in the helping professions, early childhood students, and other interested persons.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-160 3 Units Parenting

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course explores a wide range of parenting theories and techniques, utilizing a theoretical foundation with a practical approach. There is particular emphasis on building self-esteem, verbal and non-verbal communication, power, and control.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-161 3 Units Working With Families

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course explores the value of relationships between families and the staff within the school setting. Includes an in-depth exploration of key concepts on how to deal effectively with families.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-165 3 Units Curriculum and Environments in Early Childhood Programs

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of CFS-120 and CFS-122 with a minimum grade of C.

This course presents an overview of knowledge and skills related to providing appropriate curriculum and environments for young children. Students will examine teacher's role in supporting development and fostering the joy of learning for all young children using observation and assessment strategies emphasizing the essential role of play.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-170 3 Units Studying the Reggio Emilia Approach

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This is an introductory course in the theory, philosophy, and inspiration of Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Students will explore an interpretation of the basic principles of this approach. Emphasis is on developing a new image of the child in connection with the role of adults (teachers and parents), developing relationships, interactions, and experiences based on "progettazione" (term used in Reggio Emilia for prediction, hypothesis, projections of emergent projects).

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-175 3 Units Meeting the Developmental Needs of the School-Aged Child

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

The student will be exposed to the philosophy, principles and practices of school-age child care. Emphasis is on preparing students to work with children in a group setting. Students will learn techniques for guiding behavior, structuring program flow, and preparing environment to meet the needs of the school age child.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-180 3 Units The Anthropology of Childhood

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

A comparative study of childhood as experienced in a variety of world cultures. Explores different cultural patterns of child rearing and the differential experiences of childhood as they are influenced by race, class, gender and environmental variables. The role of women and girls as childbearers, caretakers and providers will be emphasized. The effects of rapid culture change on children will be studied with particular emphasis on poverty, armed conflict, and HIV/AIDS. Cross-listed with ANTH-180.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

CFS-184 3 Units Teaching Children in a Diverse Society

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Examines the impact of various societal influences on the development of children's social identity. Covers developmentally appropriate, inclusive, and anti-bias approaches. Self-examination and reflection on issues related to social identity, stereotypes, and bias will be emphasized.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-190 3 Units Children with Special Needs

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course provides an overview of the laws, definitions, categories, trends, and issues in special education pertaining to children 0-6 years. Topics are explored from a culturally sensitive perspective with an emphasis on the importance of understanding children with special needs in order to ensure that the educational opportunities are effective.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-196 3 Units Music and Movement in Early Childhood

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Introduction to teaching music and movement to young children. Basic elements such as beat, rhythm, timbre, dynamics, form, and melody will be explored in developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive ways. Songs, games, finger plays, rhymes, dances, and playing instruments wll be presented. Cross-listed with MUSI-196.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-200 3 Units Early Intervention Strategies

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course will focus on developmental theory, research, and practical applications of theory and research in the field of early intervention. The course will examine curriculum modification strategies to facilitate the development of cognitive, motor, socioemotional, and language skills of young children, 0-6 years of age, with special needs. The course will also examine the development of behavior plans, collaborative teaching, lesson planning strategies, and methods for working with parents of young children with special needs.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-223 5 Units Student Teaching - Practicum

36 hours lecture; 162 hours lab; 198 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of CFS-122, CFS-123 and CFS-140 with a minimum grade of C, a negative TB test, a Good Health Statement, required immunizations per regulations, and a fingerprint clearance.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or previous completion of CFS-165 with a minimum grade of C.

A demonstration of developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching competencies under guided supervision. Students will utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, develop professional behaviors, and build a comprehensive understanding of children and families. Child centered, play-oriented approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment; and knowledge of curriculum content areas will be emphasized as student teachers design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-225 5 Units Fieldwork in Early Intervention

36 hours lecture; 162 hours lab; 198 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of CFS-200 with a minimum grade of C.

This course provides students with a field experience/practicum with children with special needs, including natural environments, inclusive environments, and self-contained environments. Students will apply theory and models of intervention in an early childhood special education setting or with a focus child in a general education classroom. This course includes a lecture and a 9-hour a week early intervention placement.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-250 2 Units Adult Supervision and Mentoring in Early Care and Education

36 hours lecture; 36 hours total

This course explores the methods and principles of supervising student teachers, volunteers, staff, and other adults in early care and education settings. Emphasis is on the roles and development of early childhood professionals as mentors and leaders.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-270 3 Units Admin & Supervision of Early Childhood Programs 1

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of CFS-120 and CFS-140 with a minimum grade of C.

Introduction to the administration of early childhood programs. Covers program types, budget, management, regulations, laws, development and implementation of policies and procedures. Examines administrative tools, philosophies, and techniques needed to organize, open, and operate an early care and education program.

Transfers to CSU only

CFS-271 3 Units Supervision & Admininistration of Early Childhood Programs II

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of CFS-270 with a minimum grade of C.

Effective strategies for personnel management and leadership in early care and education settings. Includes legal and ethical responsibilities, supervision techniques, professional development, and reflective practices for a diverse and inclusive early care and education program.

Transfers to CSU only