ELAC professor awarded PBS Kids ‘Early Learning Champion’

October 18, 2023

ELAC Child Development Center’s Nancy Duran won PBS Kids’ “Early Learning Champions,” Class of 2023 along with 13 others around the nation earlier this month. Known to many as “Teacher Nancy,” Duran is the only recipient in this year’s award from California, representing Los Angeles’ local station PBS SoCal.


Q&A addresses concerns of laid-off employees

The bill, signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on September 18, is an act to amend sections of the Education Code to change part-time playground positions into Classified Service—employees that are not faculty or administrators, who go through the personnel commission to get hired.

November 21, 2018

Child Development instructor retiring after 40 years

By Steven Adamo Child Development instructor Martha Gayton will join her husband Joseph Gayton in retirement this semester after 40 years at East Los Angeles College. “I gave him two years of his coffee and his donut and now it’s my turn,” said Gayton with a laugh. Joseph became a teacher’s assistant at East Los Angeles College in 1975 and later became a teacher. The couple started dating in 1984,…

May 25, 2017

New Director shares passion for her work

 By Cynthia Laguna  Marcia Cagigas, the new director of the Child Development Center, is not just passionate about children but also about bringing awareness of breast cancer. Coming from a large family, Cagigas recalls growing up playing games with her twin sister and using her imagination to make anything she could get her hands on to try to keep herself active. She hopes to be able to make learning a…

March 13, 2014

Child Development Center sets to sail

By Rebecca Figueroa   After working 35 years at the East Los Angeles College Child Development Center, Director Michael Simone is set to retire on June 30. He will have a retirement party at the Child Development Center next Wednesday to celebrate his years on campus and his years to come. Simone said he plans to fish and sail more after he retires, but has mixed emotions about leaving the job…

May 22, 2013

Child Development teacher set to retire

By Toya Bailey After being employed at East Los Angeles College since 1975, Child Development Center teacher Linda Irene Jimenez is retiring. As a young child, Jimenez remembers playing school with her sisters and cousins all the time. Jimenez had influential teachers through most of her elementary and high school years, which ultimately gave her the urge to become a teacher. While studying early childhood development at ELAC and taking a…

May 16, 2012