Department of Human Development and Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies

Social Sciences and Education (sse)

Department Chair: Dr. Elaine Correa

Office: Education Building, Room, 151

Phone: (661) 654-3516


Mission Statement 

The Human Development, and Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies (HD-CAFS) department offers learners specialized knowledge that enhances their skills and abilities to work and advocate in partnerships that foster healthy children, supportive family networks, and interactive community relationships. A social constructivist approach to learning is reinforced in the academic activities that result in superior educational preparation for teachers, parents, and community professionals. The mission of the program is to develop well prepared, highly skilled individuals who can envision, interact, and respond to the needs of diverse populations within the local, regional, national, and global community.

CAFS Courses with Community Outreach

The Department of Human Development, and Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies (HD-CAFS) is continuing to work to support low-income children and families within our community.  As part of our ongoing initiatives the HD-CAFS department was awarded a Jumpstart Grant in 2020-2021.  This grant funded Educational Awards for HD-CAFS students to serve as Americorp Members in local preschools, by assisting teachers with individualized literacy instruction to help prepare children for educational success.   The Department will continue to apply for Jumpstart Grant funding to maintain this program and provide opportunities for our students to acquire, develop and refine their teaching skills.  Courses aligned with Community Outreach and/or Service Learning are integrated into all CAFS courses to develop and maintain our commitment and engagement to the local community we serve.