About the Center

The early years in a child's life are a time of profound development and growth. The Center for Excellence in Child Development (CECD) contributes to this process by supporting the adults who work with young children, particularly in the field of early care and education. Learn more


Training offered in 38 California counties
For the 2014-2015 year, we will provide child development training in 38 of California's 58 counties. This map shows which counties are receiving training and in what languages: English, Spanish, Russian and/or Cantonese.

Training Webinars for Family Child Care Providers
We're excited to introduce a series of free, online training webinars for family child care providers. These short but in-depth webinars expand on curriculum from the Family Child Care at Its Best program and provide examples, suggestions and ideas for use in family child care.

Coaching launched in Sacramento County
CECD offers a training and technical assistance program for center-based directors interested in using coaching as a program improvement tool. Directors participate in a three-class series and receive individual coaching from the instructor. Participating programs are assessed with the Program Administration Scale (PAS) before and after program completion in order to gauge the effects of the training program. Initial results show positive growth in key areas, such as family involvement, staff development and internal communications. A new coaching series will begin in Spring 2012. Contact us for more information.

Rolling out CSEFEL in California
In 2008 the California Department of Education received a federal grant to roll out a curriculum framework emphasizing children's social and emotional development. The California Center for the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL), is building capacity for a cadre of trainers who will provide training and technical assistance to center-based programs seeking to improve the classroom climate, as well as the behavior of individual children. The Center for Excellence in Child Development participates on the state leadership team spearheading this effort.

Joint study on child care subsidies
In collaboration with the Center for Cooperative Research and Extension Services for Schools (CRESS), CECD conducted a study commissioned by the California Department of Education to develop a comprehensive understanding of families that receive state child care subsidies. Data was gathered in several counties about types of care used, supplemental fees paid by families, and attrition rates. The final report is now available on CDE's website.


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The recent study “Socio-emotional Intervention in a Latin American Orphanage” examines how caregiver training and other interventions improved all aspects of development for the children in care.

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