Child Studies

Gain a career that can impact the next generation!

Gain the experience to jumpstart your career in child care and education.

The Child Studies Department offers an extensive menu of parenting, child development and other classes. For those interested in pursuing a career in child care or early childhood education, the department offers a comprehensive training and certification program. The department also provides professional guidance for cooperative preschools, an early childhood resource center for parents and teachers of young children, parenting seminars, and a host of other classes and programs.


All registrations for Child Studies classes are processed at Bates’ South Campus. In most circumstances, registration is required five days prior to the first class. Please register early to avoid class cancellation because of low enrollment. Bates reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes, or change instructors. Fees are also subject to change.

By Mail: Mail check and registration form to:  
Bates South Campus, Child Studies Department
2201 S. 78th St., Tacoma, WA 98409

In Person: Print out and bring your registration form to:
Bates South Campus, M- F, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

By Phone: We accept Visa or MasterCard payments over the phone. Please call 253.680.7500 or 1.800.562.7099.

By FAX: Fax completed form with Visa or MasterCard information to 253.680.7502.

Online: You can register for classes online here.

Refund policy:

Child Studies classes are self-supported; therefore, Bates will cancel a class if there are too few participants enrolled to cover the cost of the class. If your withdrawal notification is given at least one business day prior to the first day of class, or the class is canceled, you will receive a 100 percent refund. Bates reserves the right to cancel, reschedule class times and/or dates, or change instructors. We will notify you only if class is canceled.