Mary  Ashley

Director, Child Development

Mary began teaching young children in 1985. Her experience includes working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school age children, and young adults. She has worked with parents in a variety of ways, including work with teen parents, gay and lesbian parent support groups, and child abuse prevention programs. She began teaching community college in 1996, designing an infant and toddler teacher education program for Red Rocks Community College in Colorado, before coming to Mission in 2003.

Since 2003 she has directed the Child Development Center/Lab which cares for children from 6 weeks to 5 years and provides lab experience for students in the Child Development Department. She also teaches as an associate faculty member for the Child Development Department.


M.A., Human Development with an emphasis in College Teaching, Pacific Oaks College
California Child Development Director Permit
Certified trainer, Program for Infant and Toddler Care (PITC)
B.A. Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Courses Taught

CHD 006 Supervision and Administration
CHD 007 Management Issues in Child Development
CHD 002 Child, Family, and Community

Professional Memberships

National Association for the Education of Young Children – Member
National Coalition for Campus Child Care Centers

Fast Facts

In 2007, Mary became a foster parent and then adopted her two young nieces. She is the mom of six children: two by birth, two adopted and two step children. When she's not teaching or directing, she enjoys spending time with her family. She is an amateur writer and is working on a novel.

Favorite Quote

 ''Development, it turns out, occurs through this process of progressively more complex exchange between a child and somebody else - especially somebody who's crazy about that child.'' ~ Urie Bronfenbrenner



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Mary Ashley
phone: 408-855-5177
office: CDC