Students will examine the physical, social/emotional and intellectual development of children. Topics of study include: child development, child psychology, nutrition, social/emotional learning, special needs of children, and health and safety of children. Students will design and implement lesson plans, care for children in a preschool environment, enhance professional written and oral communication skills, and gain hands-on experience through internships at local preschools, childcare centers and elementary schools. The Early Childhood Program is located off-campus at the Ithaca Community Childcare Center (IC3) on Warren Road in Ithaca.
Concurrent Enrollment Credits
Tompkins Cortland Community College
-ECHD 110: Children and the Arts (3 credits)
-ECHD 125: Introduction to Early Childhood (3 credits)
Early Childhood Teacher
Being a Career and Technology Educator has been one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. Although I have always had a passion for working with young children, I have also taken a stake in grooming and developing people who may want to pursue a career in early childhood. Like students here at TST BOCES, I started out in a work-based learning program at Ithaca High School, called the Tots and Teens program. Through this experience, I was able to learn about child development, obtain hands-on field experience with preschool aged children, build valuable work, and field related skills, and eventually pursue a career working in early childhood education for over 26 years. I look forward to working with students and figuring out ways to challenge them and maximize their potential. I love that I get to also teach life lessons, and skills that will help students in their future pursuits, even if they choose not to go into the field. I believe that learning is a life-long pursuit and that students are teaching me just as much as I am teaching them. We learn from each other. When I am not teaching, I enjoy traveling, spending time in nature, attending local concerts and events and spending time with my family, including my children and grandchildren.