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In the Early Education and Care Program, students learn growth and development of young children, responsibilities of the childcare teacher, and the importance of a professional attitude. Students will learn how to incorporate materials and activities that are developmentally and interest appropriate into the daily curriculum of a child care center.

Students learn the responsibilities of child care, the importance of communication with others, and the need to project a professional appearance. They will gain an understanding of prenatal care, birth, and the developmental milestones in the early years of life.

Areas of concentration include: physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, an overview of major theorists and theories used in early childhood education, writing and implementing a basic lesson plan, emergent curriculum, observation as an assessment tool, the types of early childhood education programs, and an understanding of professional organizations such as the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Theory and practical experience combine to make up the Early Education and Care experience at NVTHS. The students gain valuable practical experience in our on-campus child care center.

Students are recommended to take Chemistry in Grade 11 and Physics in Grade 12. Art, Sociology, and Psychology are also recommended.

Technical Courses

  • Career Exploration (100) - 18 Credits
  • Child Growth & Development I (291) - 12 Credits
  • Early Childhood 10 (288) - 24 Credits
  • Child Growth & Development II (288T) - 5 Credits
  • Early Childhood 11 (289 ) - 34 Credits
  • Exploring Early Childhood Education I (289T) - 5 Credits
  • Early Childhood Education 12 (290) - 34 Credits
  • Exploring Early Childhood Education II (290T) - 5 Credits

National Organizations

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC: Available to Seniors only)