This program is designed as an introduction to the field, specializing in infant and toddler care.  The curriculum is designed to provide entry-level competencies documented by Virginia’s Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals. These competencies include health, safety and nutrition, understanding child growth and development, appropriate child observation and assessment, partnering with families and community, learning environment, effective interactions, program management, teacher qualifications and professional development curriculum.  Additionally, this program provides the necessary CPR training for young children desired by many employment agencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the stages of early childhood development.
  • Understand regulatory standards for infant/ toddler caregiving.
  • Use developmentally appropriate curriculum and learning environment for very young children.
  • Create positive ways to build self-esteem in children and to help them develop self-control.

Program Requirements

The Code of Virginia restricts who may legally provide child care in Virginia. Most agencies require a criminal background check through the Virginia State Police Department and a child abuse or neglect check through the Virginia Department of Social Services before employment involving contact with young children. In addition, some child care facilities and schools may require proof of specific vaccinations and health related tests for students to complete their supervised workplace experiences.

Employment Opportunities

Upon completion of the Early Childhood Career Studies Certificate graduates possess the knowledge and skills required for entry into Early Childhood Educational facilities such as, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, family day care homes, and preschool programs. Graduates will also be equipped to apply for a minimum of two Early Childhood Endorsements from the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS).

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