Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP)

The California Community Colleges Curriculum Alignment Project has engaged faculty from across the state to develop a lower-division program of study supporting early care and education teacher preparation. The Lower Division 8 represents evidence-based courses that are intended to become a foundational core for all early care and education professionals. Offering a consistent educational core throughout California’s Community College EC/CD Programs will better prepare students with the skills and abilities that best support the success of young children. Learn more about this project on

Latest Developments with CAP

As of November 2016:

  • 103 Community Colleges in California have agreed to participate in CAP.
  • Welcome to our newest aligned colleges: College of the Sequoias and Pasadena City College.
  • Of these colleges, 91 are officially aligned and 2 others are in the revision process to align their course.

The CAP Lower Division 8 courses have been accepted as the required coursework for the newly approved Early Childhood Education Transfer Degree. For information on TMC go to