Early Childhood Education Academy Certificate
The academy is a program that prepares students for future careers as teachers. The classes are also available as an elective for students that would like to learn about emotional and psychological aspects of children in the early years.
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) department will prepare students to successfully guide and teach young children during their most critical periods of mental, social, and emotional development and physical psychological behaviors of children from birth to school age. The students will also learn how to teach these children in a classroom setting to be able to follow a career in daycare and preschools.
Laws related to state and city mandated for early childhood care centers will be discussed and students will also learn to work in small groups and one-on-one with school age children. They will be exposed to guest lecturers and facilities visits to enrich what they are learning the classroom.
Students in the Early Childhood Academy will graduate with HRS certification (HRS = human resources services).
Early childhood is a very important period in child development that requires highly trained professionals who can address specific needs and issues. Our graduates will be trained to begin their college career in early childhood education, a path that will continue filling critical workforce needs in an area that is pivotal to any community’s future to allow these future educators to use their knowledge of child advocacy to become better, well-rounded educators and give a voice to children in need.
Early Education I 8405110 9th grade
This course includes the following content: childcare rules and regulations, safe learning environments, stages of child development, developmentally appropriate practices, and communication skills, principles of child nutrition and technology use; as well as competencies from the DCF 40-hour Introductory Child Care Training coursework.
Early Education II 8405120 10th grade
This course covers competencies on professionalism, community resources, the importance of relationship skills and communicating with children’s families, history of school-age childcare, infant-toddler developmentally appropriate guidance activities, and observing and recording methods; as well as competencies from the DCF 40-hour Introductory Child Care Training coursework. Students will continue working directly with children 5 years of age or younger to complete the ECPC work experience requirement.
Early Education III 8405130 11th grade
This course includes competencies in developing lesson plans, child development theories, factors that affect the development of a child, and developmentally appropriate practices and activities for infants/toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children. Also covered are components on working with students with special needs, language use & acquisition, emergent literacy, creative expression, classroom management techniques, observation data, and creating optimum environments for all children; as well as competencies from the DCF 40-hour Introductory Child Care Training coursework. Students will continue working directly with school-aged children to complete the ECPC work experience requirement.
Early Education IV 8405140 12th grade
In this course students will acquire competence in the areas of creating a successful developmentally appropriate curriculum, mentoring, developing recognizing cultural differences when planning activities, community resources, classroom management, pediatric first aid, including children with special needs, recent trends and issues in early childhood education, and professionalism; as well as competencies from the DCF 40-hour Introductory Child Care Training coursework. Students will have completed the ECPC 480-hour work experience requirement by the end of this course.
Serv Safe Certification
Is a food and beverage safety training and certificate program administered by the National Restaurant Association. The program is accredited by ANSI and the Conference for Food Protection. Sanitation certification is required by most restaurants as a basic credential for their management staff.