Students will obtain education and skills to work in the child care field with specific goals of earning CDA “Ready” Certification.
Instruction in this three-year program is offered to all tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students and includes Development of Children from birth to five years, Safety and CPR Training, Fire and First Aid Training, Techniques for Guiding Children, Nutrition Rules and Regulations of Day Care Centers, Parent-Child personal relationships. Students will be trained to work with children in a licensed day care center and will observe children, provide for everyday needs of children, plan and teach various activities, write and teach lesson plans, and learn record-keeping skills. This program is designed for students who enjoy working with children and/or desire a career in the child care field.
Curriculum planning and preparation Teaching and child guidance strategies
Insight and rapport with children Self-evaluation of teaching
Application of child development principles Maintenance of classroom environment
Assessment and evaluation of children’s learning Professional behavior
Communication skills: oral and written Utilization of materials and resources
Act 34 Clearance: Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
Act 33 Clearance: Pennsylvania State Child Abuse History
Bi-Annual physical examination by family doctor and tuberculosis test
3 ring binders(2)
Plastic sheet covers
Mobile File Box
Children, the Early Years; Celia Decker; 2004.
Working with Young Children; Dr. Judy Herr; 2008.
Avella Day Care – Avella, PA
Penn State Cooperative Extension
Central Storybook Village Day Care – Houston, PA
Rainbow’s End Learning Center – Washington, PA
Grandma Mary’s Day Care Center, Inc. – Burgettstown, PA
Sunshine Kids – McMurray and Eighty-four, PA
Happy Face Learning Center – McMurray, PA
Washington County Child Care
Kids’ Kingdom – Washington, PA
World of Wonders – Canonsburg, PA
SmartKids Child Care & Learning Center, Inc. – Canonsburg and Washington, PA
Furniture to Set-Up Mock Child Care Preschool Room: Lego Table, Wheeled Flannel Board & White Board, Wheeled Book Art & Media Cart, Puzzles, Blocks & Science Center
Offered in local day care centers and elementary schools to meet part of the clinical hours required for certification.
Assistant Group Supervisor (AGS)
Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Ready
Child Development Associate (CDA)
Fire & Water Safety
PA Skills Certificate
California University of Pennsylvania – Early Childhood Education
Community College of Allegheny County – Child and Family Sciences
California University of Pennsylvania – Elementary Education; Early Childhood Development
Community College of Allegheny County – Child Care; Child Development
Laurel Business Institute – Child Care
Pennsylvania College of Technology – Early Childhood Development
Assistant Group Supervisor
Assistant Preschool Teacher
Elementary Education Teacher
Licensed Day Care Provider
Personal & Home Care Aide
Child Care Worker (Aide)
Day Care Owner
Early Childhood Education
Group Home Counselor or Supervisor
Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Academic Integration — Math, English, and Science
Median Wages (2009) $9.25 hourly, $19,240 annually
Employment (2008) 1,302,000 employees
Projected Growth (2008-2018) Average (7% to 13%)
Projected Need (2008-2018) 523,100 additional employees