Child Care and Early Childhood Education

 

Child Care and Early Childhood Education

As the percentage of dual-income family homes continues to rise, the need for qualified persons in areas the daycare and child care likewise escalates.  Thus, opportunities are in greater abundance within schools and professional daycare facilities for motivated and qualified employees.  The Child Care and Early Childhood Education program helps students prepare for such careers in child care or the early education fields.  The program guides the student through practical ways to assist children in a variety of routine daily experiences in healthy, safe, and educational ways.  Students learn about how children develop physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally.  This understanding will help enable the student to appropriately and confidently interact with children in any number of real-life scenarios.   Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a clinical experience, which allows for interaction with children and elementary-aged students.

 Program Outcome

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared for entry-level employment in early childhood programs.  Successful graduates can apply for work in a child care center, family or group family home, or as an aide or assistant teacher in a nursery school.  Many students build on their experiences gained in this program by studying early childhood or elementary school education at the college level.  Students who complete the Child Care and Early Childhood Education program may be eligible for college credits at several local community and county colleges. 

Program Highlights

  • The program prepares students to continue education and begin careers in nursery schools, daycare facilities, and school districts.
  • Students explore all phases of childhood development, including how genetics and heredity play a role.
  • Students are taught how to create effective lesson plans and lively activity plans.
  • The Career and Technical High School hosts an on-site professionally operated daycare program for children ages 2-5. Students are given the opportunity to work as instructional assistants in the daycare center assisting with reading and learning groups and outside play activities.

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