Community is Invited to Learn about Child Development and Education Careers at El Camino College’s B.E.S.T Event

November 20, 2023 Torrance, CA

The Child Development Club at El Camino College invites the community to learn about careers in child development and education at a daylong event this fall. The Fifth Annual “Behind the Education Scene Talk,” also known as the B.E.S.T Event, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 in El Camino’s East Dining Room. All prospective and current students interested in child development or education-related careers are invited to attend this free event. 

The B.E.S.T Event features in-person panel presentations from professionals in the field. Participants will learn about different careers, explore a variety of job opportunities, and hear first-hand experiences about working in education or child development. In addition, participants will receive certificates of attendance for professional development.  

“The B.E.S.T Event provides our students with valuable and relevant information about careers they may be interested in pursuing,” said Cynthia Cervantes, an early childhood education instructor and Child Development Club adviser. “Professionals who are already in the fields of child development or education provide our students with hope and motivation and possible career roadmaps.”

El Camino’s Child Development Club regularly hosts events for youngsters such as popular “You and Me Playgroup” sessions that help family members and caregivers connect with young students through creative play. On Mondays during club meetings, guest speakers offer presentations on current topics in childhood education. Attendees receive certificates for professional development. 

The Childhood Education department at El Camino offers degree and certificate programs where students learn developmental theories that help refine their ability to observe and assess children’s physical, socioemotional and cognitive skills. After completing the curriculum, students are prepared for careers in private or public programs that serve infants, toddlers, preschoolers, children with special needs, families, or children in before- and after-school care. In the transfer degree option, students can continue their studies at a four-year college or university.

El Camino Community College District encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the El Camino Child Development Club as soon as possible, but no later than seven days prior to the event. 

The B.E.S.T Event is free, but reservations are required at Free parking is available in the Lot C structure off Manhattan Beach Boulevard.