Department of Child and Family Studies

The Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) prepares students to become developmental science leaders who support the well-being of children, families, and communities in diverse settings. Recognizing the impact of systemic oppression across development, our emerging leaders learn to employ ethical, strengths-based practices for addressing social inequities and promoting resilience. Students are trained to think and write critically about human and family development through identifying and solving real-world problems, advocating for individuals and families, and disseminating knowledge.

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Department Spotlights

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Faculty Spotlight

Professor Jeanine DiTomasso, a Lecturer at Cal State LA and Director of Development at a neighborhood music school in Boyle Heghts. Professor DiTomasso teaches Youth Agency Administration (YAA).

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Alumni Spotlight

Mariana Gomez graduated from Cal State LA with her BA in 2017 and her MA in 2019 in Child and Family Studies.

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Student Spotlight

Anthony Aguayo, a undergraduate student in the Child and Family Studies Department at Cal State LA.

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