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The mission of EHS Early Childhood Education Academy is to prepare students to work in the Early Childhood Development field. Students will understand children’s development levels from birth through age eight (8). They will learn how to communicate effectively, work productively in teams, and apply appropriate academic and technical skills.

ECE 2/3 Students


Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is the student career and technical organization that provides leadership, training and skills as an integral part of Early Childhood Education.

FCCLA Website


Career Ready Practices are career-ready skills students develop in the Early Childhood Education Academy. 

1. Act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee.

2. Apply appropriate academic and technical skills.

3. Attend to personal health and financial well-being.

4. Communicate clearly, effectively and with reason.

5. Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions.

6. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.

7. Employ valid and reliable research strategies.

8. Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

9. Model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management.

10. Plan education and career path aligned to personal goals.

11. Use technology to enhance productivity.

12. Work productively in teams while using cultural/global competence.

Early Childhood Education Academy


The Early Childhood Education Program offers a sequence of courses that provides relevant knowledge and skills needed to prepare students for further education and careers in Education and Training. The content of the courses include competencies related to the following elements of the early childhood education industry: planning, management,finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor, community, health safety, and environmental issues, and developmentally appropriate practices for children birth through age eight.

Course Sequence

The program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of the following courses:

Child Development-This course enables students to develop an understanding of the nature of child development from birth to school age. The content includes basic needs of children, principles of human development, prenatal care, the birth process, responsibilities of parenting, and the nurturing of the family at each stage of a child's growth.

Early Childhood Education (ECE) I- This is the first of a three-course program. After being accepted into the Early Childhood Education program, students will spend a year in the classroom learning about young children and how to work with them in an early childhood setting. The course content includes hands-on activities such as planning nutritious snacks, preparing interactive bulletin boards, making flour babies, learning from guest speakers, developing lesson plans for read-alouds, and participating in field trips. 

Early Childhood Education (ECE) II, III - This is a  two-block course that further prepares students for careers in early childhood with advanced knowledge and hands-on experiences with materials and activities appropriate for young children. Regular observation and supervised work experiences with young children are required. Students are transported 4 days a week to a local child care center or elementary school.

Students who successfully complete this course will receive their Department of Children and Family Services 40-hour Certification, a Certificate of Completion, and qualify as a candidate for the Florida Gold Seal Scholarship. 

Early Childhood Education (ECE) IV - This program provides learning and hands-on activities that will prepare students with a range of management, supervisory, and teaching skills used by preschool and kindergarten teachers. Students are transported 2 days a week to a local child care center or elementary school.

Students will acquire competence in child development history, classroom management, developmentally appropriate practices and curriculum, current trends and issues, and universal infection control.


Family & Consumer Sciences Cooperative Education (OJT) - This course provides students with on-the-job training. Students earn credit toward graduation and have a paying job in child care.  A training plan for each student is developed, and on-the-job supervision is provided by the cooperative education teacher and the employer.

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Industry Certifications

40 Hour DCF Training Coursework

  • Child Care Facility Rules and Regulations
  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Child Growth and Development
  • Behavioral Observation and Screening
  • Understanding Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • Preschool Appropriate Practices

Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

  • CDA Portfolio
  • CDA Verification Visit
  • CDA Exam

Program Completers also receive:

  • Early Childhood Education Certificate of Completion of ECE 1 (180 hours)

  • Early Childhood Education Certificate of Completion of ECE 2/3 (540 hours)

  • Early Childhood Education Certificate of Completion of ECE 4 (600 hours)

  • Early Literacy (5 hours)

  • CPR Certified in Infant, Toddler & Adult CPR

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Students in the Early Childhood Academy have the opportunity to work towards their CDA Certification.

Students in Early Childhood II and III leave campus 4 days a week  in order to earn real-world experiences. This year, students are working at Myrtle Grove Baptist Church Learning Center, Myrtle Grove Elementary School, Sherwood Elementary School, and West Pensacola Elementary School.