This program prepares High School students to become competent in childcare rules and regulations, learning environments, principles of child development, trends and issues in early childhood education and classroom management techniques. For high school students, this is a two-year program and upon successful completion and satisfaction of minimum requirements, students may earn the Early Childhood Professional Certificate.

Topics included:

Childcare rules & regulations

  • Identification and reporting child abuse & neglect

  • Appropriate methods of guidance

  • Behavioral observation & screening

  • Theories of child development

  • Communication & interpersonal relationship skills

  • Health, safety, & nutrition education

  • Developing curriculum

  • Classroom management techniques

  • Pre-school appropriate practices

  • Inclusion for children with disabilities

  • Early literacy

  • Child growth and development

  • 480 hands-on hours

  • 45 hours of childcare training modules

  • Portfolio required to receive ECPC

  • Certification & License

  • Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC)

  • 45 Hour Child Care Training –  DCF

Career Options upon Completion:

  • Childcare worker

  • Further education to B.S. for elementary education teacher

  • Preschool teacher

  • Teacher assistant in a preschool

  • Lead teacher in childcare center

  • Family day care home provider

  • Nanny

  • Instructor


Program Commitment

  • 600 hours


Click below to register on the

Department of Children and Families

training site.    Earn   your  Child Care  Certificate  before you graduate!