For Child Development Students

Children in the classroom


There are a number of supplemental programs that offer support to students.


Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC)

The CDTC provides financial and technical assistance to child development students and professionals to promote high quality early education to California's children and families. In order to elevate the level of quality early childhood services in Sonoma County, CDTC provides students already employed in licensed programs with stipends to cover the costs of tuition, books, parking, and health fees for classes that will help them achieve Child Development Permits.

For more information contact the SRJC Child Development Training Consortium Coordinator, Jennifer Allen, at

Contact the Child Development Training Consortium

California Early Childhood Mentor Program

This program is part of a statewide network that seeks to recognize individual teachers and directors in early childhood settings who have the talent and experience to mentor others in the field. We have built a network of mentors throughout Sonoma County who go through our training and evaluation process. Mentor sites may be used for practicum placement. Mentors receive a stipend for their work. Additionally, we conduct monthly seminars or meetings of the county’s child development directors. Meetings are held both in Santa Rosa and in Petaluma. For more information contact the SRJC Mentor Program Coordinator, Alice Hampton, at (707)522-2619 or by emailing

California Early Childhood Mentor Program

A Todos Nuestros Estudiantes Que Hablan Español

El Departamento de Desarrollo Infantil ofrece clases que establecen una carrera como educador de niños pequeños.  Nuestro objetivo al ofrecer estas clases es proporcionar un plan de estudios que le permita ingresar al camino asía una carrera con niveles de crecimiento ya establecido.  Los cursos que ofrecemos conjugan e integran el Inglés, al igual que el conocimiento del desarrollo infantil.  Al completar 12 unidades en clases de Desarrollo Infantil, siguiendo esta trayectoria educativa, obtendrá lo siguiente:  Elegibilidad para obtener el Certificado de Maestro Asociado por parte de SRJC, y el permiso de Maestro Asociado emitido por la Comisión de Maestros Acreditados de California.  El certificado y el permiso indican que usted ha completado los primeros cursos de educación infantil temprana.

To All Our Spanish Speaking Students

The Child Development Department offers classes that will help establish a career as an early childhood educator.  Our goal is to provide a course of study to enter an established career ladder.  The courses that we offer encourage both English and early childhood skills and knowledge.  When you have completed the 12 units of Child Development classes on this educational track, you will gain the following:  Eligibility for the Child Development Associate Teacher Certificate from SRJC, and a Child Development Associate Teacher Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  The certificate and permit indicate that you have completed the core courses in early childhood education.

Sonoma CARES

Administered by the Child Care Planning Council (CCPC) of Sonoma County, the CARES program incorporates funding from First 5 Sonoma County, First 5 California, and the California Department of Education’s Staff Retention Program. Sonoma CARES Plus is a professional development program designed to improve the quality of early learning programs by focusing on education, preparation, and retention of an effective and diverse workforce. The program provides guidance, support, and a stipend reward to child care professionals.

Sonoma CARES

Program for Infant/Toddler Care (WestEd)

For 18 years, our Children's Center has been one of five programs in the state designated as a demonstration site for the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC). PITC is considered to be the state-of-the-art methodology and pedagogy for the care of infants and toddlers in group settings. It was developed by WestEd (one of 10 regional national education think tanks) and has been promoted by the California Department of Education as the preferred method for infant/toddler care and education. We also receive visitors from many programs and institutions of higher education from around the country who want to see the PITC philosophy put into practice.

Program for Infant/Toddler Care Demonstration Programs

Child Development Permits

The Child Development Permit is a document that authorizes service in the care, development, and instruction of children in early childhood programs. It verifies that you have fulfilled the requirements established by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for assisting, teaching, or supervising in a child development program in the state of California. You must have a permit to be eligible for child-care and development teaching or administration positions funded by California Department of Education/Child Development Division. Other programs may choose to require the permit to document educational progress.

For complete information regarding Child Development Permits, requirements, and application information, contact the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Also contact the Child Development department office at (707) 527-4315

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Expedited Child Development Permit Processing

SRJC’s Child Development Department is currently authorized by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to provide expedited processing of required Child Development Permits. Because CTC has approved our program, we can review student applications and forward them to the CTC for approval.

Child Development Training Consortium Permits


What is the Difference Between a SRJC Certificate and a "Child Development Permit"?  

A SRJC Skills Certificate in Child Development and Teacher Education is a verification of specific academic course completion in the Child Development and Teacher Education Department.  SRJC Certificates demonstrate your level of knowledge and understanding to prospective employers and your transcripts will verify coursework that meets the minimum academic qualifications to Teach or Direct in privately funded (Title 22) early care and education program regulated by the the California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division.


A Child Development Permit is a verification of specific academic course completion plus work experience in an early childhood setting.  Permits are granted by the California State Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).  The Child Development Permit is a document that authorizes service in the care, development and instruction of children in publicly funded (Title V) early care and education programs like Head Start and State Preschools.  Other private employers may desire a Permit for their staff because it represents higher qualifications than minimum licensing standards.


Why is it Important to Have Official Recognition?

Certificates and Permits represent professionalism in the field of Early Childhood Education and are a symbol of your academic achievement, commitment, and persistence to accomplish a personal and professional goal.  Having both will qualify you to teach in any public or private child development program.  You will be granted professional recognition as a highly qualified Early Childhood Educator in our community and have more career growth opportunities.