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The mission of EHS Early Childhood Education Academy is to prepare high school students for the workforce with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education.  Students will learn how to communicate effectively, work productively in teams, and apply appropriate academic and technical skills in real-world situations. 

ECE 4 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

Florida Future Educators of America (FFEA) provides a forum for students to become aware of career opportunities in education and nurtures their interest in teaching as a career. 

FFEA 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 is designed for students who have a sincere desire to teach and care for young children. It prepares college or career bound students for either an entry level position in the child care industry or to pursue a college degree in early childhood education, elementary education or a career that involves working with children (i.e. pediatric nurse, child psychologist, social worker, pediatrician, etc.). 

STudent Holding Baby Properly


Students in the Early Childhood Education Academy leave campus from 2-4 days a week in order to earn real-world experiences.

For the 2019-2020  school year, students are working at Myrtle Grove Baptist Church Learning Center, Myrtle Grove Elementary School and Sherwood Elementary School. 

Industry Certification

Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

Step 1: Early Childhood Education Portfolio
Step 2: CDA Exam
Step 3: Verification Visit

ECE 1 Academy Students


Introduction to Childcare (24 Hours)
-Health, Safety, and Nutrition
-Child Abuse and Neglect
-Child Growth and Development
-Behavioral Observation and Screening

Rules and Regulations (6 Hours)
-Child Care Facility Rules and Regulations

Appropriate Practices (10 Hours)
-Understanding Developmentally Appropriate Practices
-Preschool Appropriate Practices

Early Literacy (5 Hours)
-Emergent Literacy for VPK Instructors


-Staff Credential Verification-National Early Childhood Credential (NECC)

-Pediatric/Infant First Aid and CPR 

-Soft Skills Certification
-Ready to Work Certification

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Mrs. Bufford

Course Sequence

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

Child Development (Grade 9)-This is a prerequisite course. 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 1 (Grade 10)- This is the first course of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) 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 2 and 3 (Grade 11) -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 4 (Grade 12) - This is the last course in this program of study. This course 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.


Education and Training OJT (Grade 12) - Must be taken with ECE 4. This course provides students with on-the-job training (OJT). 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.