The Department of
Early Childhood Education

Shadow of three children running under a buildingThe Department of Early Childhood Education (ECE) provides the courses developed to meet State of California licensing requirements for Title 22 and Title V.

Students in the department have the opportunity to complete coursework in a laboratory preschool on campus at either the Valencia or Canyon Country site, that serves student-parents and the general community.  This children's program is comprised of half- and full-day options for children 12 months of age by the first day of the fall semester and have not yet entered Kindergarten.  It has been accredited by the National Association of Early Childhood Programs, verifying that the program demonstrates substantial compliance with nationally recognized criteria for high-quality early childhood programs.  Accreditation additionally validates the center as a program to be modeled as an appropriate setting for teacher/caregiver training.

Our goals are to provide each child with a variety of educational and creative material that stimulates both learning and social interaction while allowing for individual differences, encouraging exploration and providing opportunities to make choices.

In addition to our Early Childhood Education courses and laboratory preschool, our department includes Foster & Kinship Care Education courses developed to meet State of California licensing requirements for Title 22 and Title 5.

For department information, please contact:

Diane M. Stewart, Dean
Early Childhood Education and Training Programs
(661) 362-3503

Cindy Stephens, Department Chair
Early Childhood Education
(661) 362-3512

For information about children's programs and the Center click on the Children's Center tab.


Last updated, August 2008


College of the Canyons

Valencia campus:

(661) 259-7800

26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Canyon Country campus:

(661) 362-3800

17200 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita, CA 91351