Childhood Development Program
Recent studies in early childhood
education indicate the vital importance of the early childhood years and the rapid social,
emotional, physical, and intellectual growth that take place during these years.
The Early Childhood Development program prepares students to perform in all general areas
of preschool and child care operations.
Early childhood educators/workers provide care and learning experiences for children in
preschool or daycare programs. They provide recreation and teach basic concepts such
as shapes, numbers, phonetics, and colors.
Early childhood educators plan activities designed to promote healthy mental and
physical progress in children. They must also maintain discipline and
supervise eating and rest periods. Early childhood educators help children explore
their interests and develop talents and social skills.
Those trained in early childhood education/child development may work as teaching
assistants, social services aids, and preschool, elementary, or secondary teacher
aides. They also qualify to teach in the HeadStart Program, which is a
federally funded program and they may also be employed as nannies, and governesses.
Child development provides an excellent education for parents and family members of young
As early childhood educators gain experience, they may advance to supervisory positions in
childcare centers or preschools. With a bachelor's degree in education, preschool
workers can become certified to teach in public schools.