Early Childhood Studies
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.
Applied Social Sciences Department, Building J
Patti Bonner, Department secretary
Phone: 805. 922.6966 ext. 3401
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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"I truly enjoyed all instructors in my Early Childhood Studies classes. My instructors have experience in the field and shared it with us to give us the real picture. The opportunity to do the lab hours at the school's childcare center was a bonus."
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