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 Child Development Program

Dr. Ivy Cobbins
Program Coordinator


The mission of Olive-Harvey College is to develop a diverse community of cultural and civic leaders and to advance progressive global citizenship through academic excellence, work-based learning, and comprehensive support services.


To develop dedicated, knowledgeable, self-reflective and culturally sensitive Early Childhood professionals who have the skills and motivated to serve children and families of our communities.


The Olive-Harvey College Child Development Program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children* (NAEYC) and Gateways to Opportunity** affiliated. The Child Development program is a two-year Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree that focuses on the study of children from birth through age eight, by focusing on their physical, intellectual and emotional development.​

​PROGRAM GOALS           

The goal of the Child Development Program is to prepare students to work in a variety of child care settings, including preschools. 

*NAEYC'S mission is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights and well-being of all young children with primary focus on the provision of educational and developmental services and resources.            

**Gateways to Opportunity Credentials are symbols of professional achievement that validate knowledge and skills, experience, and contributions in early care and education, infants and toddlers, and/or administration.​​​​​​​​​​​    

All of the degrees and certificates in the Child Development Program are aligned with the Illinois Credential System through Gateways to Opportunity.  These credentials are recognized by the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Department of Children and Family Services.  Licensed child care centers and homes seek professionals who have earned credentials through the Gateways System.  For more information about the credentials, visit: ​​​ 


Faculty & Staff

​​Dr. Ivy Cobbins - Program Coordinator | 773-291-6724 |
Professor Mario Wright - Faculty | 773-291-6372 |                      
Professor Andria Russaw - Adjunct Faculty | 773-291-6434 | 

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10001 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago , IL 60628
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Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM


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