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Early Childhood Care and Education

The Early Childhood Care and Education program is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of positions in childcare and related fields. Graduates are qualified as paraprofessionals, private pre-kindergarten teachers or Assistant PreK teachers, owners and/or directors of child care centers. The program emphasizes a combination of child development theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. The associate degree provides graduates with the opportunity for continued education and articulation to baccalaureate programs.

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Childcare workers care for children when parents and other family members are unavailable. Well-trained child care workers provide developmentally appropriate activities, a safe and healthy environment, as well as providing for a child’s basic needs. In addition, many help older children with homework. Childcare workers care for children in childcare centers, their own home, or the homes of the children in their care. Many work full-time, but part-time work and irregular hours are common.

Preschool teachers educate and care for children, usually ages 3 to 5, who have not yet entered kindergarten. They explain reading, writing, science, and other subjects in a way that young children can understand. Preschool teachers work in public and private schools, childcare centers, and charitable organizations. Many work the traditional 10-month school year, but some work the full year.

Source: Technical College System of Georgia – Knowledge Management System, U.S. Dept. of Labor