Child Development

CD StudentsThe Child Development Department prepares students for transfer to a bachelor's degree program in Child
Development or a related discipline, an Associate in Science Degree in Child Development, completion of Certificates of Achievement, and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Child Development Permit levels of Assistant, Associate Teacher, Teacher, Master Teacher, Site Supervisor and Program Director. Students who complete Child Development courses will be able to apply concepts of child growth, development, and learning from conception through adolescence within the family and cultural context.  

Child Development classes are held in the same building as the Child Development Center Laboratory School. At Moorpark College, being a “lab” school means that the Child Development Center is an integral part of the Child Development Instructional Department. Students who complete the Child Development program will develop both the knowledge of subject matter and professional skills needed for success in transferring to a college or university and careers in a variety of vocational areas including the Family Development and Early Education fields.


Department Administration and Staff

Office: AA-101
Phone: (805) 553-4121

  • Jennifer Kalfsbeek-Goetz, Dean
  • Linda Sanders, Administrative Assistant


Department Chair

  • Dan Vieira 

Phone: (805) 378-1400 | Ext. 1882


Full-time Faculty

  • Kristi Almeida-Bowin

Phone: (805) 378-1400 | Ext. 1741


  • Cynthia Sheaks-McGowan

Phone: (805) 378-1400 | Ext. 1697



Counseling / Advisement

Counseling Department | Phone: (805) 378-1428

Career Transfer Center | Phone: (805) 378-1536


Direct Link to Child Development Course Catalog Description and Degree Information

Link to Full Course Catalog Description and Degree Information 

Link to Child Development Department Website