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The mission of EHS Early Childhood Career Academy is to prepare students to work with children in a child care, preschool, or elementary school setting . 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.


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.

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.

Industry Certification

Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

  • 120 hours of child development education training
  • 480 hours of experience working directly with children
  • Professional Portfolio
  • CDA Exam

DCF Training Coursework

30 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

10 Hour DCF Training Coursework

  • Understanding Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • Preschool Appropriate Practices
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Course Sequence

The program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of four secondary courses:

  • Early Childhood Education 1-introduction to early childhood education.
  • Early Childhood Education 2-observation and supervised work experience plus classroom instruction on childhood development competencies.
  • Early Childhood Education 3-observation and supervised work experience plus classroom instruction on childhood development competencies.
  • Early Childhood Education 4-observation and supervised work experience plus classroom instruction on CDA competency standards. 


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.