In the Oxnard, CA, area, child development studies can only be found only at 2-year colleges. Based on graduation rates and program offerings, the following schools are considered the top three in Oxnard for child development studies:
- Winner: Oxnard College is the only school located directly in Oxnard that offers child development programs. This school also awards the most 2-year degrees and certificates in child development in the area and offers distance learning opportunities.
- Runner Up #1: Ventura College is the first runner up because it awards almost as many certificates and associate's degrees in child development as Oxnard College.
- Runner Up #2: The third-place school is Moorpark College, which has the highest graduation rate and the largest student population among the three schools but is located the farthest from Oxnard. The school also awards certificates and associate's degrees in child development.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Oxnard College||Ventura College||Moorpark College|
|Location||Oxnard, CA||Ventura, CA (4.5 miles from Oxnard)||Moorpark, CA (17.2 miles from Oxnard)|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year public||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$1,338 (in-state)*
|Child Development Degree Levels Offered||<1-year certificate
|Child Development Degrees and Certificates Awarded (all levels) in 2011-2012||45*||41*||27*|
|Most Popular Child Development Program (2011-2012)||Child Care Provider/Assistant - 45*||Child Care Provider/Assistant - 41*||Child Care Provider/Assistant - 27*|
|Graduation Rate (entering year 2008, in 150% of normal degree time)||22%*||27%*||33%*|
|Noteworthy||Uses The Creative Curriculum
Has the First 5 Ventura County CARES Project
|Has the Ventura County Promise||Hosts Discovery Day with America's Teaching Zoo|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Winner: Oxnard College
- CDC's Internship Program is funded by a Career and Technical Education Grant
- Many organizations, such as the Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC), have sent volunteers and participants to advance career goals, learn jobs skills, and obtain on-the-job training within the CDC
- Distance learning, evening and weekend classes are available
Having 118 acres on campus close to the beach, the child development department at Oxnard College uses The Creative Curriculum, which science has developed to fit around the natural curiosity of children. Students use science & discovery, dramatic play, music & movement, and language & literacy to help better their early education. The on-campus Marine Educational Center & Aquarium is available for childhood program students and children to learn about marine life hands-on. General course curriculum includes Child Nutrition, Health & Safety, Art in Early Childhood, and Movement & Music in Early Childhood, as well as working in the CDC daycare lab. This year, Oxnard College received 75% in $250,000 stipends awarded to the school via the First 5 Ventura County CARES Project, according to its website.
Runner-Up #1: Ventura College
- Students can earn both high school and college credit by either working with their own high or middle schools, or by enrolling in El Camino High School, located on campus
- Has a study abroad program via the University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)
- Each year, 140 students complete practicum experience at the Orfalea CDC, as stated on the school's website
Although the campus was originally designed to be a botanical garden, Ventura remains visually stunning as a thriving school, and is still an indispensable resource to the community. Offering different levels of diplomas for its Child Care Provider/Assistant Program, the school is home to the Ventura College Promise. Given by the Ventura County Foundation, this grant pays all Ventura County High School graduates, including those with GED diplomas, for their entire first year at Ventura College. Aside from workshops at its CDC lab, other required coursework includes Teaching in a Diverse Society, Math & Science in Early Childhood Education, and Child, Family & Community.
Runner-Up #2: Moorpark College
- Offers independent studies for field trips and to further one-on-one lab research with an instructor
- The CDC at Moorpark is licensed and accredited by the National Association of Education for Young Children, according to the school's website
- 77% of full-time students in 2010 returned to Moorpark the next year, reported on NCES
Since 1967, Moorpark College is the largest of the three public colleges in its district. Students at the Child Development Center have coursework like Human Development: Infancy through Adolescence, plus an Observation & Assessment Lab, and Administration in Early Childhood Education as well. The school also holds an annual fundraiser, Discovery Day. Multiple hands-on learning activities for kids are used on this day, such as making ice sculptures, going 'grocery' shopping, and creating racing boats. Students and children in the child development program can also visit America's Teaching Zoo, the first and only on-campus in history.