Child & Family Studies Program Overview

The Child & Family Studies Certificate is part of the offerings under the Social and Human Services program. This certificate provides training and preparation for students who are interested in a wide range of employment opportunities working with children and their families in settings such as: school & age/youth care and education, social services or childcare. Through this program, students gain the knowledge base that will help them to provide a wide variety of services, support and resources for families.

  • Students may begin any quarter.
  • Students can choose to take a single class that interests them or complete a Child & Family Studies Certificate.
  • The following specialization areas reflect many of the settings where you can work with children and families:

Working With Children & Families

Preparation for work with children (birth–12 years) and their families in child care centers, homes, and various social service settings.

School–Age Children, Youth & Families

Preparation for working in school settings or out–of–school time programs for children, youth and their families.

Program Development & Management

Preparation for school–age care, youth programs or social service management careers.

Career Opportunities

This certificate program offers courses that meet licensing requirements for child care providers and program supervisors, and Child Development Associate (CDA) Educational clock hour requirements. It is the student's responsibility to always clarify specific requirements with the agency.

This program provides a foundation and excellent starting place for students interested in a variety of occupations such as: trainer or director; parent educator; child legislative advocate; art educator; resource and referral specialist; camp counselors; child care teacher; family center staff or director; as well as school-age, youth program staff or director.

Contact Information

Social and Human Services
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway, Room
Seattle, WA 98122

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