Child Care Provider/Assistant Program
The first level is designed for students in grade 10 and begins with an introduction to personal and professional preparation for continued education, training, and careers in early childhood. Major topics of study in this course are stages of child development, ranging from birth through age twelve, and history and trends of Early Childhood Education. Students will participate in field experiences such as observations in early childhood settings, and will begin to develop skills toward meeting requirements for the CDA (Child Development Associate) credential.
On the second level, the mayor topics of study are children health and safety, and the guidelines and regulations governing childcare facilities. Students are introduced to the New Jersey Guidelines and Regulations Governing Child Care Facilities.
On the third course, course explores curriculum delivery models in response to the developmental needs of all children. Emphasis is placed on the development of varied instructional materials and activities to promote learning, classroom management strategies, and a supportive classroom environment
Students in this program will participate in FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America).
Successful completion of all levels of this program will prepare students to take the CDA assessment:
The Child Development Associate credential (CDA) is a national credential awarded to early childhood professionals who have shown they have met the beginning level competencies needed for working with young children. It is a significant accomplishment and an option for starting a successful career in early childhood education. The CDA credential is administered by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, DC.
Open the below links to read the curriculum:
Level 1: Child Development
Level 2: Early Childhood Environments
Level 3: Child Care Services
Structured Learning Experiences
The Structured Learning Experiences will prepare students for every aspect of entering the world of work. Students are expected to exhibit exemplary workplace ethic and behavior. The curriculum focuses on employability skills needed for success in the workplace and has an impact on post school outcomes for college/career readiness.
This is the last level of the Child Care Services Program. Students participate in Structured Learning Experiences in the industry in the following ways:
- Job Shadow
- Internship (paid or unpaid)
- Cooperative Education Experience
- School-Based Enterprise