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Early Childhood Education

This program provides an introduction to the profession of Early Childhood Education. Course content includes eight key areas of professional knowledge related to working with young children and their families in early care and education settings: child growth and development; health; nutrition and safety; developmentally appropriate practices; guidance; family and community relationships; diversity and inclusion; professionalism; and administration and supervision. This program addresses children ages birth through 8 years. Students have the opportunity to work with the DHS Early Childhood Learning Center and in district preschool classrooms.
“Early childhood education makes such a huge impact on the social, emotional, and cognitive skills of young children and can benefit them throughout their lifetime. The partnership between the PCC Early Childhood Program and the DHS Early Learning Center is so important because it gives students hands on experience in the field and allows them to see firsthand how impactful early education truly is. Hopefully, this will inspire students to not only pursue a career in early childhood education, but to make big changes in the field as well.
-Lyn Riley, Director of DHS Early Learning Center
“I want to be a special education teacher and this class helps prepare me for my future job. I love the hands-on element of working with children and getting to practice what we learn in the classroom in a real-world environment.”
-Madalen Meier, DHS Senior
Progression of courses:
Level 1
PCC Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Level 2
PCC Infant & Toddler Theory and Practice
PCC Work with Parents/Family Communication
Instructor: Kendra Bonnell
Career & Technical Student Organization: Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
Career & Technical Student Organization Advisor: Jessica Bright and Joseph Burns