Welcome to the Child, Youth and Family Studies Department at UFV

We share a common passion for work with children, youth, families and communities striving to bring this passion into the classroom.  Each program offers courses designed to prepare students to work with a specific population.

We offer a variety of certificate, diploma and degree options in the following four areas:

  1. ‌Certificate of Early Childhood Education
  2. Diploma in Special Needs
  3. Diploma in Infancy
  4. Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child and Youth Care

‌Each of our programs has transfer credit within our department or to other public post-secondary programs. This allows students to ladder into higher academic levels to continue their education. 

Check out Rooted in Your Community to see what one group of students did to capture the essence of our work in communities.

Career opportunities span a range of field settings and areas of practice, including:

  • Early child care and education
  • Infant/toddler care
  • Special needs support
  • Residential
  • Schools 
  • Hospital programs
  • Youth justice
  • Parent education
  • Family support services
  • Recreation
  • Community-based
  • Early intervention Mental health
  • Child welfare and child protection‌

To ensure we maintain close links to the professional community, our department is supported by an External Advisory Committee that reflects the diverse areas of practice in the field. In addition, our faculty are closely involved with a number of collaborative community activities.It is anticipated that as the needs of practitioners in the field change, and regions endeavor to provide services in new ways, the Early Childhood Education/Child and Youth Care department be responsive to those needs. The potential for new and exciting programs and post graduate courses will be explored to keep pace with this growing field.

Mission Statement


At the heart of the Child, Youth, and Family Studies Department is the belief that infants, children, youth, and families are significant and need the opportunity to grow and develop optimally. We hope to share that vision with all our stakeholders. ‌‌


Our mission is to educate and prepare students to work with infants, children, youth, and families by promoting  professionalism, highest standards of practice, and awareness of current trends and issues regarding work in the field. 


We do this by:

  • Using educationally sound instruction
  • Inclusiveness to support people of all abilities, cultures and beliefs
  • Being learner centered and facilitating learner success
  • Encouraging lifelong professional development through research and scholarly activity
  • Building and maintaining solid relationships with educational and community partners
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