Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP)

CAP and CAP Expansion

The California Community Colleges Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP) engaged faculty from across the state to develop a 24 unit lower-division program of study supporting early care and education teacher preparation. Eight courses represent evidence-based courses that are intended to become a foundational core for all early care and education professionals. The eight courses include the following:

  1. Child Growth & Development
  2. Child, Family & Community
  3. Introduction to Curriculum
  4. Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children
  5. Observation & Assessment
  6. Health, Safety & Nutrition
  7. Teaching in a Diverse Society
  8. Practicum

In 2012, additional funding was provided by the Race To The Top/Early Learning Challenge Grant (RTT/ELCG) to expand the project to include seven additional courses in the three specialization areas of Infant/Toddler, Administration, and Children with Special Needs. The seven courses include the following:

  1. Infant/Toddler Development
  2. Infant/Toddler Care and Education
  3. Introduction to Young Children with Special Needs
  4. Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Special Needs
  5. Administration I: Programs in ECE
  6. Administration II: Leadership and Supervision
  7. Adult Supervision and Mentoring

Latest CAP Developments

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Things you should know: As of October 27, 2015

  • 103 Community Colleges in California have agreed to participate in CAP.
  • Welcome to our newest aligned college: Clovis Community College.
  • Of these colleges, 87 are officially aligned and 3 others are in the revision process to align their course.

The CAP courses have been accepted as the required core for the Associate in Science for Transfer in Early Childhood Education. For information on the courses and the degree, go to