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About the Education, Child Development, & Family Services Industry Sector

The Education, Child Development, and Family Services sector provides students with the academic and technical preparation to pursue high-skill, high-demand careers in these related and growing industries. The sector encompasses four distinct, yet interrelated, career pathways: Child Development, Consumer Services, Education, and Family and Human Services. The Child Development pathway provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to pursue careers in child care and related fields, and the Education pathway emphasizes the preparation of students to become teachers. The Consumer Services pathway gives students the employment and management skills needed in careers that involve helping consumers. The Family and Human Services pathway provides students with skills needed for careers related to family and social services. The standards are designed to integrate academic and career technical concepts. The anchor standards include Consumer and Family Studies comprehensive technical knowledge and skills that prepare students for learning in the pathways. The knowledge and skills are acquired within a sequential, standards-based pathway program that integrates hands-on projects, work-based instruction, and leadership development—for example, through Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).Standards in the Education, Child Development, and Family Services sector are designed to prepare students for technical training, postsecondary education, and entry to a career.

Impact of Education, Child Development, and Family Services:

According to California statistics the education sector alone employs over 1 million people in California. 6% of the entire workforce works in education.

Pathway Highlights:

  • Students learn how to engage with children.

  • Fun lesson with group projects.

  • Explore potential careers in child development.

  • Hands-on activities that relate to a future career.

If you are interested in any of the following pathways and want to know what high schools offer them click here:

Here is more information about the Child Development Pathways available at each high school:


Downey High School


Child Development

Child Development

Modesto High School


Child Development

Child Development