Education, Child Development, and Family Services is a California Department of Education industry sector program that provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to pursue careers in child care and related fields. 

Early Childhood Development (ECD) Pathway Courses

This pathway program prepares students to become competent in child development; fostering positive learning environments, trends, and issues in early childhood development; classroom management techniques; and professional standards. Students create lessons to demonstrate their knowledge of physical, cognitive and social-emotional development. 

ECD Course List


Elementary Creativity Carts Program

Developed as a collaboration between the Advanced Authentic Research (AAR) program, the Elementary Educational Services department, and Partners in Education (PiE), the Elementary Creativity Carts extend the AAR philosophy to elementary schools by cultivating student skills in design, research, and development of self-advocacy. Each Creativity Cart is stocked with recycled, engaging materials to nurture student creativity within any given subject or theme while promoting personalized projects that promote the cultivation of skills in respect to design, investigation, and problem solving. Elementary students who participate in Creativity Carts projects are encouraged to explore a variety of topics at appropriate grade levels. By allowing each student to choose tailored project subjects with general, guiding questions, the program fosters genuine student interests that can be extended to any topic. The Creativity Carts are also used by the Early Childhood Development (ECD) program, through which high school students in ECD develop and deliver lessons to Transitional Kindergarten and Young Fives classes at Greendell.