SAN JOSE, Calif., June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Hispanic University (NHU) and the San Mateo Community College District's Canada College announced today a partnership to offer NHU's Bachelor of Arts in Child Development program at Canada College in Redwood City, Calif., beginning fall 2013. The partnership expands access to a four-year degree completion for early childhood professionals who are looking to strengthen their knowledge base and skills while continuing their important work in the field. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130618/CL33921) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121114/CL13103LOGO) "As early childhood programs and schools become more diverse, there is a growing demand for culturally and linguistically responsive professionals who can inspire and engage young learners and their parents," said Dr. David P. Lopez, president of NHU. "We are proud to partner with Canada College to extend the educational opportunities offered to their students and help them advance their careers and address the needs in today's multicultural classrooms." "We're proud to welcome The National Hispanic University as our newest University Center partner," said Canada College President Lawrence Buckley. "Early childhood education is among the largest academic programs on our campus. Approximately 500 students were registered for early childhood education classes at Canada this past spring. Many of those students are juggling academics with families and jobs. Offering the convenience of earning a bachelor's degree without leaving the Canada campus provides them a wonderful opportunity." The partnership will allow students from Canada College who are near graduation or have completed their Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education the opportunity to enroll in NHU's B.A. in Child Development program and complete their bachelor's degree on Canada's campus. Students can choose from a variety of concentrations, including Early Biliteracy Development, Early Intervention, School-Age and a Dual Concentration in Early Intervention and Early Biliteracy Development, which are designed to prepare today's early childhood education professionals for emerging opportunities in the field. The B.A. in Child Development program reflects the competencies and guidelines established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It is also structured to meet the State of California Child Development Permit Matrix requirements for employment in preschools, child development centers and after-school sites.