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Prof. Mary De La Rosa

Chair of Early Childhood Education


Contact Information

Office location: Room 309
Phone number: 714-683-1214 (ext.1214)

Welcome message

Welcome to Bethesda University, Early Childhood Education Department. My name is Mary De La Rosa and I service as both this department’s Chair and Instructor. With over 20 years of working with young children I am committed to help support you in a field that is vastly growing and so joyfully rewarding. I’m committed to supporting your journey as you discover what the future has in store for you. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions. Can’t wait to hear from you.


Bachelors of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development, Cal State University of Northridge
Masters of Arts in Educational Psychology emphasis in Early Childhood Education, Cal State University of Northridge



Mary De La Rosa has been working with children and families for over 20 years in a multitude of roles. Most recently running her own early childhood centers as both owner and Director of several top highly rated early childhood education centers and parent education programs, where she served families with children between the ages of 0-5. In addition, she currently runs her own consultation group to help serve and advocate for quality early childhood centers, working closely with programs seeking NAEYC accreditation, licensing, classroom design, staff development and improving their overall quality to their programs. She was also recruited to speak on behalf of providers to the U.S. Congress Education Committee to advocate for funding needed in early childhood programs. Mary completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child and Adolescent Development at Cal State University of Northridge. Then went on to earn her Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from the same university. She has specific expertise in program administration, curriculum development, multicultural teaching, program assessment and design, parent education, staff development, infant and toddler care and preschool readiness. Mary has worked with infants, toddlers and preschoolers in every capacity and is deeply passionate about providing quality education to children in their most crucial and precious early years

Publications/Presentations (Selected List)

Santa Monica Parenting Program 2010-2015
Values in Parenting: Reflection on your goals
Rewards versus Encouragement in Child Development
How to Handle Tantrums in Infants through Preschoolers
Sleep Training for Infants and Toddlers
Toilet Training for Your Toddlers and Preschoolers
Developmentally Appropriate Practices and Curriculum

First United Methodist Preschool-2019-2021
How to Redesign Your Classroom
Using Ages and Stages Questionaries as an Assessment Tool
NAEYC Accreditation for Your Program

Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa Education Committee, 2019
Role Early Childhood Education Centers Play in Our Community
Need for Community Support for Early Childhood Education Centers

U.S Congressional Hearing: Education Committee, 2020
Funding Needed to Support Early Childhood Education Centers

2008 Research on Quality Teachers in Early Childhood Education: Cal State University of Northridge

Courses Taught

GS 214 Educational Psychology 3 units This course discusses human development theories, learning theories and practices, and other related topics to strengthen the teaching through psychological investigation.

EC 325 Language Arts in Early Childhood Education 3 units An investigation of the development of language in the Early Child. Special attention is given to using computer and other methods of educational media for linguistic education and its application in the field.

EC 300 Philosophy of Early Childhood Education 3 units This course studies the historical and philosophical background of early childhood education. Eastern and Western philosophers such as Rousseau, Froebel, Dewey, Montessori, Lao Tzu, and Chang Tzu are discussed.

EC 290 Math and Science in Early Childhood Education 3 units A study of principles of math and science in Early Child education. Special emphasis on environmental pollution and information system including computer. Application for using computer for the following areas: to learn various teaching methods, to select class materials, and to organize the curriculum.

EC 201 Curriculum and Teaching in Early Childhood 3 units A study of curriculum development and principles, analysis of learning environment, instructional strategies, organization, and evaluation of programs for childhood education

EC 103 Creative Experiences for Children 3 units A study of values of creative experience for children. Dramatic play, art, blocks, and music activities are explored, as well as skills in curriculum planning, class organization, language arts, social studies, mathematics, and science.

EC 102 Children in Relations with Home, School and Community 3 units An investigation of methods to bring about understanding, appreciation, and cooperation between the home, the school, and community.

EC 202 Organization and Management of the Child Care Center 3 units A study of the procedures in organizing child care centers, understanding legal requirements, and learning administrative skills in human relations

Research Interests

Quality Programs and Educators, Diversity in the Classroom, Multicultural Curriculum, Music in Early Childhood, Parent Education

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