Early Childhood Education

EARLY CHILDHOOD I & II – #8285/#8286

ABOUT:

  • One-year program for students interested in working professionally with young children
  • Earn six dual enrollment credits with Thomas Nelson Community College
  • Critical thinking, practical problem-solving, and entrepreneurship opportunities within the field are emphasized
  • Practical experiences under the supervision of the instructor are required
  • According to “R U College & Career Ready?” Early Childhood Education, growth in the number of childcare workers is expected to increase 14 percent by 2022. Job growth is expected to be 17 percent for day care administrators as more working parents need care for their children.

STUDENTS STUDY:
Planning a safe and healthy learning environment
Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development
Establishing positive and productive relationships with families
Strategies to manage an effective program of operation
Observation and recording of children’s behavior
Principles of child growth and development
Participation in practical work experiences

PREREQUISITES:
Good academic standing, attendance, and behavior.
Proficient in reading, writing, and speaking the English Language.
Required to have completed English 10 with a grade of “C” or above.
Have a current Tuberculin skin test.
CAMPUS LOCATION:   File_000Butler Farm, Hampton
SESSIONS:  A.M and P.M.
CLASS SIZE: 20
CREDENTIAL(s):
NOCTI (National Occupational Competency Testing Institute)
Early Childhood Care and Education Assessment 3016 (2nd Year Students Only)
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS:
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
CLASS FEES:  

Program Fees:                                                                                1st Year
Activity Fee $17.00
Food Handler’s Card $12.00
CPR/BLS $30.00
Program Fees:                                                                                             2nd Year
Activity Fee $17.00


INSTRUCTOR:  Penny Cooke, penny.cooke@nhgs.tec.va.us (757) 766-1100  ext. 9- 3349 (classroom) ext. 9-3360 (laboratory)
BIO:
Bachelor of Science Degree, Communication Disorders, Hampton University
Endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education, Old Dominion University
Virginia FCCLA Board of Directors, Occupational Focus Adviser
Virginia FCCLA STAR Events Management Team member

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
Child Care Center Director
Family Day Care Provider
Teacher’s Assistant, Day Care Worker or Nursery School Worker
Special Needs Preschool Teacher or Montessori Preschool Teacher
Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary or Special Education Teacher
Recreation Leader or Camp Director
Child Psychologist

BUSINESS PARTNERS:File_000 (1)
Newport News Elementary Schools
Poquoson Elementary Schools
Gloucester Elementary Schools
York Elementary Schools
Williamsburg/James City County Elementary Schools
Funshine Learning Center
Smiles and Giggles Learning Center
Friends In Jesus Learning Center
Alston’s Village Learning Center
Captain Kidds
Griffin Yeates Center Head Start
Gatewood Peep Early Childhood Center
Childcare Network
Betty’s Child Care and Educational Center
Grand Kids Child Care

POST SECONDARY PARTNERS:
Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC)

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