Early Childhood Studies

Program Overview

The Early Childhood Studies Program provides you with theoretical and practical understanding of child development from infancy through adolescence. You will gain in-class and lab experience observing children, and have opportunities to design and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum with children through the age of twelve.

 As part of your training you will have the opportunity to provide childcare services in a learning environment to the Allan Hancock College community of students, staff, and faculty. Our program operates one state-licensed lab school for young children, which is utilized for student observations and practicums. Our year-round Children’s Center Lab School is a full day child care facility, serving children ages 3 months to 5 years old.

The Allan Hancock Children's Center Lab School is the first site in Santa Maria to become a demonstration site for the Outdoor Classroom Project, which makes the outdoors and nature a classroom rather than just an adjunct to indoor classroom areas. Students will have a unique opportunity to work in this dynamic setting.

Location

Applied Behavioral Sciences Department, Building J

Patti Bonner, Department secretary
Phone: 805. 922.6966 ext. 3401
pbonner@hancockcollege.edu

Hours

Fall/Spring:
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summer: closed

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