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 Education & Human Development and Family Studies

Angela Cotromanes, M.A. E.C.E.
Department Chair

The mission of the Harry S Truman College Education & Human Development and Family Studies Department is to prepare students of diverse backgrounds and abilities with the knowledge and practical experience necessary to foster developmentally appropriate experiences for children and families.                                                                                                                                                   

Child Development                 

The mission of Truman College’s Child Development program is to educate and prepare teachers through rigorous academics and relevant field experiences for a lifetime of service to young children, families and communities.​    

See our Conceptual Framework.                                                                                                                                   

The Child Development Program is accredited by and has adopted the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) associate degree standards.  These standards are the foundation of our curriculum and the core of our accountability, ensuring the program meets its objectives and students achieve their learning outcomes.  The mission of the Child Development program is to provide an affordable, accessible, and quality education that prepares students with the developmental, cultural, and educational knowledge they need to become professional child education and care providers for a diverse range of children.

Careers in Child Development:                                                                                                                                                     

  • Preschool Teacher or Teacher Assistant​​
  • Infant/Toddler Teacher or Assistant Teacher
  • Teachers Aide
  • Child Care Professional
  • Paraprofessional
  • Afterschool/Group Worker
  • Home Daycare Business Owner

Child Development: Pre-School Education                                                                                                                                                     

Family Childcare Business      

Basic Certificate                                                                                                                                    



The mission of our Education program is to provide access to a diverse rage of Education coursework that prepares students with the basic skills they will need to successfully transfer to an accredited four year institution for a Bachelor's Degree in Education and teacher certification.                                                                                                                                                   

Careers in Education:                                                                                                                                                     

  • Teacher's Assistant
  • Teacher in a private educational setting
  • Public school teaching in the State of Illinois requires a four year Bachelor's Degree and Certification from the Illinois State Board of Education

Education: Elementary Education                                                                                                   

Associate in Arts                                                                                                                                                    


City Colleges of Chicago offer a variety of education degrees preparing students to transfer​ to a four year college.       


Human Development and Family Studies                                                                                                                                                     

The mission of our Human Development and Family Studies Program is to provide students access to quality coursework that focuses on the developmental, cultural, health, and social-emotional knowledge necessary to support children and families in the community.                           


Careers in Human Development and Family Studies:                           

  • Human Services Assistant
  • Home Visiting
  • Family Case Worker
  • Head Start Family Support Worker
  • Family Support Worker in a non-profit or community-based organization

Human Development and Family Studies     

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City Colleges of Chicago's certificate and degree programs in Early Childhood Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Infant Toddler Education, and Director Preparation are entitled for credentials through the Illinois Gateway to Opportunity Professional Development System. For more information see Illinois Gateways to Opportunity​'s website. For information about Gateways Credentials at City Colleges of Chicago Contact Leslie Layman                                         

NAEYC Accreditation                                                     
The Associate of Applied Science-Child Development Pre-School Education Degree is accredited by the Commission on Early Childhood Education Programs of the National Associate for the Education of Young Children, 1313 L Street NW Suite 500, Washington DC, 2005. (800) 424-24-60 ext. 8007. The accreditation term runs from September 2014 to September 2019. 
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Faculty & Staff


FULL TIME FACULTY & STAFF                                              

Angela Cotromanes Chair & Faculty ​ 2170 D ​773-907-4851
Sabrina Mendez Asst. Chair, Child Development & HDFS ​​ 2170 A
Kate Varey Child Development & Education ​2170 E ​773-907-4321
Jennifer Asimow ​Faculty​
​2170 B ​773-907-4097
​Parvin Nozad  ​​ ​Clerical​ ​3518 ​​773-907-4063

CHILD DEVELOPMENT FACULTY                                              

Laura Abbruzzese Adjunct Faculty​ 2834 ​773-907-4652
Tamar Campbell Adjunct Faculty​ 2834 ​773-907-4652
Helen Toledo​
Adjunct Faculty  2826 773-907-4649
Deborah Dorfman Adjunct Faculty 2810 773-907-4640
Madison Hike Johnson Adjunct Faculty
2810 773-907-4640
​Deborah Rogers-Jaye ​Adjunct Faculty  ​ ​2170 ​312-553-5908
​Teneisha Rogers ​Adjunct Faculty  ​ ​2170 ​773-907-4063 
​Elizabeth Dolack ​Adjunct Faculty  ​ ​2170 ​773-907-4063
​Bonnie Kisielewski ​Adjunct Faculty  ​
​Off -campus ​312-553-5908

EDUCATION FACULTY                                             

Qazi Biabani Adjunct Faculty
2842 773-907-4655
Ambereen Nasir​ ​Adjunct Faculty ​ ​online email​
Darshe Bias​ ​Adjunct Faculty​ ​online ​email



Related Services

Education Spaces:

Room 2170 - Department Office                                                                                                                                                     

Room 2141 - Professional Development​ ​Space                                                                                                                     

Room 2176 - Methods Lab                                                                                                                                                     

Room 2184 - Environments Lab                                                                                                                                                     

Room 2812 - Computer Lab                                                                                                                                                     

Room 2983 - Tinkering  Lab  

Learn more and see our spaces.   ​​​​                                                                                                                                       

             Follow us on Twitter: @ECETruman and Instagram: @Childdevtrumancollege                                          

Contact Information

(773) 907-4064
1145 W. Wilson Ave
Department Office Room 2170, Main Building
Chicago , IL 60640
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Complete the Chicago Early Learning Workforce Scholarship interest form for updates about scholarship opportunitites for students:​ ​

Professional Development                                                           

The Education & HDFS Department is an Illinois Gateways to Opportunity (INCCRRA) and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Authorized provider of professional development contact hours.                                                                                                        
Contact: for more information                                                             

Upcoming Training:      

Refering Children to Early Intervention         

Where: Online Live Session via Zoom   

When:  Wednesday March 10th, 5:30-7:30 pm    

Credentials: Contact hours INCCRRA, ISBE, & EI available    

Price: $15   

Focus: Intermediate level course is designed for current Early Childhood Educators and Care Providers who want to understand the process that occurs once children are referred for Early Intervention and ways to support diverse learners within the classroom. This training will also support ECE professionals with their ability to bridge partnerships between families and therapists.   


Contact: for more information


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NAEYC Program Data 2020                                                       
The Education and HDFS Department is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Attached: NAEYC Program Data 2020  NAEYC Program Outcome data form 090120.docxNAEYC Program Outcome data form 090120.docx