Early Childhood Care and Education  

Job growth in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education is expected to increase over the next 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means great opportunities for students studying Early Childhood Care and Education at CACC. Students in the ECCE program will gain hands-on experience working with preschool children in the CACC Kindergarten Readiness Preschool lab. Classroom studies and job shadowing opportunities will expand students' knowledge about child development, developmentally appropriate practice, child health and safety, DCFS regulations, and Illinois Early Learning Standards.

Program length: 2 years

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PhotoYou will be able to:

  • Set up a safe and nurturing educational environment for children
  • Write and implement lesson plans and make objective observations
  • Plan, organize and teach various developmentally appropriate educational activities for the preschool age child
  • Understand child development and interact with children in an appropriate manner
  • Log over 200 hours of hands-on experience working with children in the Preschool Lab

PhotoStudents in Early Childhood Care & Education should have good verbal communication skills in order to understand instructions, talk to parents, and relate to children. Written communication skills and creativity are vital as students develop and write lesson plans and create program flyers, newsletters, and other parent information. Students will also use their science and math background in developing and teaching various math and science activities and in understanding child development. The ability to use computer software such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe Photoshop is becoming increasingly important as technology continues to play are larger role in lesson planning, research, and preparation as well as communication with parents and the community.

PhotoYou will be able to start your career as a(n):

  • Director of early childhood center/daycare
  • Teacher/Director of private preschool
  • Daycare worker
  • Early childhood/Pre-K aide
  • Nanny
  • Self-employed home daycare provider
  • Early childhood teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Public school Pre-K teacher
  • Elementary teacher (K-3)
  • Parent Educator

PhotoCACC students are employed by:

  • Memorial Med. Center Child Care
  • Stepping Stones
  • Step-by-Step Daycare
  • Self-employed daycare
  • Beginning Steps
  • UIS Cox Children's Center
  • Building Blocks
  • Hand In Hand
  • The Learning Nook Child Development Center
  • Animal Crackers
  • Bright Beginnings
  • Lincoln Land Child Development Center
  • Care-O-Sel Childcare and Education Center
  • Capital Area Career Center


PhotoTech prep courses and credits available:

  • Two-year professional degree in early childhood education
  • Four-year professional degree in early childhood education or elementary education

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Springfield, IL 62712
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