The Child Development and Family Studies department is very complex. We have four major areas of program information:


Course, Certificate, Degree and Transfer Information

A. Credit Courses in Child Development and Family Studies

A full range of credit course work featuring over 100  sections of courses on child development topics, leading to an AS degree with a major in Child Development, or certificates in various interest areas. An AS-T degree is also available for students interested in transfer. Courses are offered during the day, evenings and weekends at most of the CCSF sites throughout the City. Course and schedule information can be obtained by calling (415) 239-3172 or (415) 452-5605, or through the schedule of classes at CCSF.

B. Certificates, Permits, Degrees, Credentials

The Child Development & Family Studies Department offers many certificates for CDEV professionals. The certificates are tied to specific areas of expertise recognized by employers and the field. Additionally, students can earn Child Development Permits by completing courses at CCSF. The Department hosts PDP advisors who can certify permit applications for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  The Department also offers an AS degree in Child Development and a wide range of courses that support transfer to 4 year colleges and universities. Students can also enroll in pre-credential, lower division courses required for the K-12 teaching credentials in California. We are here to support your college and career success!

C. Transfer and Graduation

Counselors are available to meet with CDEV students to develop Educational Plans, submit graduation and certificate applications and obtain transfer, graduation and academic support. Specific cohort programs and student support efforts funded by a wide range of funders are available to assist CDEV students interested in transfer, graduation, permit application support and career development. Please call (415) 452-5605 for a counseling appt. in CDEV.


Careers with Children and Youth

A. Family Child Care Training Program

Courses, resources and services specifically for family child care providers are available through the department. Specific classes are offered each semester for family child care providers Most FCC courses are numbered as "CDEV 41" classes and most are 1 unit and are offered at nights, on the weekends and bi-lingually. Check the on-line class schedule for course offerings.

B. Special Needs Project

We believe that all children deserve an equitable education and we strive to help make that a reality by offering high-quality coursework and support for special educators.The Special Needs Program offers integrated and content-specific coursework to professional early childhood and K-12 educators with the vision of more effectively teaching and supporting children with exceptional needs and their families in San Francisco. Courses that lead to a Special Needs Certificate are available on a wide variety of topics each semester. As San Francisco moves towards more inclusive settings for children with a wide variety of special needs, all educators will need additional content and support. View our class schedule in CDEV for a list of current offerings or contact Tracy Burt at for specific information.

C. SF Early Childhood Professional Development Project

A resource & support center designed to assist early childhood professionals with career, permit, coursework, & employment information. Academic counselors and career advisors are available to meet with students. Advisors can povide career and CDEV permit assistance. Academic counselors can assist with developing educational plans, transfer and graduation plans and certificate applications.  Call (415) 452-5605 for an appt. or visit us in MUB 247 on the Main Campus or contact Kathleen White at

D. Teacher Prep Center

Individuals interested in becoming K-12 teachers can receive advising, pathway and transfer support, resources and information on related activities including, mentoring, Future Teachers Club, field experience opportunities and specific course offerings for future teachers. Call (415) 239-3890, or visit us in MUB 247 on the Main Campus or email ; or

E. Safe Start

Enroll in CDEV 100 and 101 and continue coursework to earn a certificate in Violence Prevention. Violence prevention training program and certificate for early childhood professionals. For information on Safe Start in San Francisco, Child Abuse Prevention and the Safe Start Campaign visit

F. School-Age and Youth Worker Program

School-Age and Youth Worker Program: Individuals interested in becoming school-age or youth workers in after school or recreational settings are encouraged to enroll in courses leading to the Youth Worker Certificate. Additional courses for youth workers can be found in a variety of departments, including Health Education and IDST. Contact us for suggested City College of San Francisco Courses For School-Age and Youth Workers at (415) 452-5605 or (415) 239-3172.


Student Support Programs and Resources

A. California Early Childhood Mentor  Program

Provides a system of teacher and director mentoring in the field of early childhood education statewide. For more information about the services the California Early Childhood Mentor Program provides, contact the state office at Chabot College at for statewide Information or contact Sheila Norman at (415) 452-7004 or at for local information about the San Francisco Early Childhood Mentor Program at City College of San Francisco.

Please view this youtube video to meet our San Francisco Mentor team and learn how they can assist you on your academic journey:

B. Child Development Training Consortium

Supports training and professional growth by offering tuition reimbursement for those working in the field. Also provides reimbursement for the cost of obtaining the child development permit. More information about services the Child Development Training Consortium provides can be obtained at For information about class reimbursement at City College of San Francisco call Sheila Norman at (415) 452-7004 or at

C. Youth Worker to Teacher

A cohort program, formerly funded by CALGRIP and offered in partnership with SFSU, the Y2T Program supported students interested in working with school-age chidren or youth in a range of after-school or youth settings. Students also received cohort support, tutoring, mentoring and transfer support to transfer to SFSU and obtain BA/BS degrees and then teaching credentials. Students were prepared to obtain an AS degree, a youth worker certificate and/or become transfer ready. Specific resources were also provided to students interested in becoming math or science teachers. The Youth Worker Certificate and courses are still available. Contact the CDEV Dept. for information on earning a Youth Worker Certificate!

D. METRO Academy Cohort in Child Development

A cohort program designed to support the future workforce in obtaining an AS degree and transfering to SFSU to obtain a BA/BS degree. This program offers cohort support, tutoring, mentoring, faculty learning communities and integrated support to working CDEV students committed to remaining in the field. It is part of the METRO Academy model.

METRO INTEREST FORM If you would like more information about the Metro program and for us to send you updates

E. San Francisco Child Care Facilities and Demographic Information

The Child Care Facilities Fund of the Low Income Investment Fund sponsors a site that maps all child care facilities in San Francisco. Contact the Fund at (415) 772-9094.

F. Pathways for Students

The CDEV Dept. offers programs and courses for dual - enrollment SFUSD students, CHALK Youth Internships, JVS/Wu Yee Partnership students, Teacher Academy and future teacher / para-professional pathway students and specific cohorts in San Francisco. Contact Kathleen White at for additional information.

G. Financial Support

CCSF has a variety of financial supports in place for students. Students should contact Financial Aid and submit a FAFSA in order to become eligible for federal and state aid programs. The CCSF Scholarship Office has many scholarships that are available  including several that are specifically for CDEV students. The DEBS Scholarship, the Kate Rosen Scholarship, the Osher Scholarship and several others are specific scholarships that CDEV students may be eligible for. For information contact the Financial Aid or Scholarship Offices at CCSF. Students also can apply for a payment plan to pay tuition through the Financial Aid office at CCSF.

H. Working Adult Degree Program

Evening, weekend and online cohort program for working adults interested in graduation and transfer. Information on CDEV GE courses utilized. Contact


Services and Programs for Parents

A. Child Development Centers

Child Care and Development Centers serve CCSF student - parents and other families and their children and provide practicum training sites for students:

  • NEW Campus Child Development Laboratory School at Ocean Campus - Preschool and Toddler- BUNG 212 and 213
  • Mission Child Development Center at the Mission Campus - Preschool
  • Rocky Mountain Parent Participation Nursery School - Castro - Preschool
  • PLEASE CALL (415) 561-1895 or email Akiyo Mineo at

B. Foster and Kinship Care Education Schedule of Classes

Classes for foster parents offered in the community in collaboration with the San Francisco Department of Human Services. Information about foster parenting can be obtained by calling the San Francisco Department of Human Services Foster Care & Adoption Hotline at (415) 558-2200.  For the latest FOSTER & KINSHIP CARE EDUCATION CLASS SCHEDULE contact Brenda Wemiz at 415 452 - 5605.

C. Lactation Center

The Child Development & Family Studies Dept. operates Effie's Room in the Campus Center at BUNG 213 on the Main Campus. The room provides access to new moms who need to use a private lactation area. Baby-changing facilities, a refrigerator and privacy are available during the day. The area is open on a first-come, first serve basis during the school year or by monthly reservation and is generally open between 9-4 daily. Funded by the Orfalea Foundation, the lactation center provides support to new breast-feeding moms who are working or attending school. Employees and students are invited to use the facility. Questions on usage can be directed to (415) 452-5903.

D. Parent & Infant and Parent & Child Classes

Adult education classes designed for parents and children at 15 sites throughout the City. Enrollment information can be obtained by calling 415 239-3172 or to view  the list of classes go to the NON_CREDIT SECTION OF THE CCSF CLASS SCHEDULE AND VIEW THE CHILD DEVELOPMENT - CHILD OBSERVATION COURSES.
E. Parenting Series for Parents and Guardians

Lectures for parents and guardians on a wide range of parenting topics. 

F. Positive Parenting Classes

Classes for meeting court mandated parenting education requirements. Search the Non-credit section of CDEV inn the current class schedule.