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Child Development

Create Your Success Story in Child Development

Make an impact by nurturing the development and minds of the next generation of youth! Those with a passion for teaching, communicating, imagining, creating, and playing are well-suited for Compton College's Child Development Program. This program prepares students for versatile careers in childcare, including daycare work, nannying, or even running your own childcare business. Students are taught the essentials to guide students through early development, attending to special needs students, and more.

Courses include Creative Art for Young Children, Music and Movement for Young Children, and Language Arts for Young Children, in addition to several classes that address child development, safety, and well-being. Students who complete Compton College's Child Development Program can immediately enter the workforce or continue their education to become a teacher or higher-level childcare expert.

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How can I apply?

Becoming a Compton College student starts by filling out a free online application. After that, there are a few simple steps to follow before it's time to enroll in classes. Click to get started today.

What are the steps to enrollment?

Click here for all the details you need to understand the process from application to graduation, but here's a brief summary of the steps to become a Compton College student.

  1. Apply for admission
  2. Explore your financial aid options
  3. Complete your online orientation
  4. Work with a counselor to create your educational plan
  5. Register for classes

Need more help? Click here for our virtual program guides.

What degrees and certificates are offered?

The Child Development program offers an Associate of Arts Degree, which requires 27 units of select courses for completion.

View the Associate in Arts program map for more details on a pathway to completion.

How much does this program cost?

The program cost is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. For example, unit fees for a 15-unit certificate would be $690, ranging up to the 60-unit associate degree, which would be $2,760. Most students qualify for financial aid or for the Compton College Promise Program.

How long is the program?

Program length varies depending on whether you are pursuing an associate degree or certificate and how many classes you are able to take each semester.

View the Associate in Arts program map for more details on a pathway to completion.

What types of jobs are available once I earn a degree or certificate?

  • Childcare Center Worker
  • Family Childcare Provider
  • Nanny
  • Special Needs Childcare Provider
  • Daycare Worker
  • Nursery School
  • Source 1; Source 2

What is the salary range for jobs in this field?

The median salary for a childcare provider in California is $28,780 and varies based on experience and role. Childcare providers who wish to work independently and own and operate their own childcare center can earn upwards of $37,000/year.

Are there internships and/or work experience available?

Cooperative Work Experience (CWEE) is designed to provide Compton College students with workplace experience and enhanced skills. We invite you to learn more about the work experience process with us by visiting the CWEE website.

Why choose Compton College?

Compton College is a great value for students looking to make a change or enhance their career and get experience for in-demand, high-paying jobs. Our diverse programs, affordable fees, and outstanding student services are here to support your career goals. The Child Development Program is just one of many career paths we offer and trains students based on industry standards to ensure success.

Can I transfer to a university after earning a degree?

Upon completing Compton College's Child Development Program, students can use their certificate and/or degree to work immediately or complete additional general education and major preparation coursework for transfer to a university.

What else do I need to know?

At least 50% of the major requirements for the associate degree must be completed at Compton College.

Who are the program contacts?

Beatriz Sapiens Nunez
Student Services Advisor
Social Sciences
Office: Welcome Center D-27

"My mother is my inspiration because she completed college while raising small children, has a successful career, and continues to help children as a foster parent. She is my role model. Compton College has a very supportive environment. Everyone is really positive, especially the professors and administration."
Faith Minor, Compton College student


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