The Napa Valley College Child and Family Studies Program prepares students to work as teachers with young children in public and private programs. The Child and Family Studies Program may also serve as a beginning for students planning to attend a four-year college to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Upon completion of the A.S. Degree in Child and Family Studies at Napa Valley College, the student is eligible for the California Child Development Teacher Permit available through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
The program also offers several certificates and has recently added a new Associate Degree for Transfer in Early Childhood Education (an SB 1440 degree). The program will soon offer a certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Studies specifically designed for those that teach children through 12th grade, and those interested in working in agencies that serve the LGBT community.
The program integrates theory, research and practice from various disciplines—among others: psychology, anthropology, humanities, and behavioral science—through interdisciplinary courses and practicum exercises. Students develop a thorough understanding of family systems and the varied socio-cultural contexts in which children and families live and grow.
Program Level Outcomes (NVC Catalog 2014-2015, p. 79)Outcome 1: Communicate with empathy with parents, children, and co-workers.
Outcome 2: Develop nurturing relationships with children, parents, and co-workers as well as nurture and support the parent-child relationship.
Outcome 3: Gather and maintain current information on the health and welfare of children.
Outcome 4: Integrate concepts and components of developmentally appropriate practices into the daily curriculum to engage children at their level of understanding and ability.
Outcome 5: Observe and record children's behavior to be able to integrate the information gathered into the daily curriculum to meet specific language, emotional, physical, intellectual, and social needs of individual children.
Outcome 6: Advocate and teach from a position that values gender equity and diversity.
Outcome 7: Know, pursue, and implement brain development research and theory in teaching.
What can I do with a degree in Child and Family Studies?
Students who obtain a degree in Child and Family Studies will be able to:
Napa Valley College career technical education programs are open and available to all students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Admission requirements for Napa Valley College career technical education programs are described in the current Napa Valley College catalog. The Napa Valley College Title IX officer is Laura Ecklin (Phone: 707-256-7105, Room 1544B). The Section 504 compliance officer is Rebecca Scott (Phone: 707-256-7438, Room 1735-C).