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Casey Stephens
(315) 253-0361 ext. 5703

Keisha Marcellus
Teacher Assistant
(315) 253-0361 ext. 5703

For additional information contact your high school guidance counselor.

The focus of the Early Childhood Education Program is to prepare students for careers working with children from birth to eight years of age. The emphasis of the first year of the program is prenatal development, birth through middle childhood, child nutrition, and techniques for effective guidance. The second year will focus on developing curriculum and internships in the public schools. Using an educational and community approach, the Early Childhood Education Program (ECE) implements the holistic approach to education, recognizing the importance of a parent’s role in the education of their child, as well as the development of children. ECE students establish networks with the Offices of Children and Family Services; the Department of Health and the Department of Mental Health through their experiences and course study.

Characteristics of the ECE student: 

Energetic, Compassionate, Motivated, Responsible, Independent, Focused.

Child Development

  • Stages of Child Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Social & Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Infants & Toddlers
  • Special Needs


  • English
  • Math & Science Experiences
  • Art
  • Block-building
  • Sensory Experiences
  • Food & Nutrition Experiences
  • Children’s Literature
  • Developmentally Appropriate Educational Activities
  • Music & Movement
  • NYS Common Core Standards for Preschool Education

Health, Safety, First Aid & Nutrition

  • Child & Adult Care Food Program Guidelines
  • Safety Guidelines & Regulations
  • Health Department Regulations
  • Social Services Day Care Regulations
  • Infant/Child/Adult CPR & AED
  • New York State Office of Children and Family Services Day Care Regulations

Management Activities

  • Guidance Concerns
  • Handling Daily Routines
  • Establishing Classroom Rules
  • Building Guidance Skills
  • Client Communications & Confidentiality


All second-year students will complete a CTE Portfolio that exhibits necessary elements for CTE Endorsement and demonstrates competencies in Early Childhood Education.

Internship Experiences

Students can participate in an internship experience where they will apply their knowledge while working with professionals in authentic career settings. Students will have an opportunity to dialog with practitioners via guest presentations while developing professional insights and future educational plans.

Articulation Agreements/College Credit

  • Onondaga Community College
  • Cayuga Online - Cayuga Community College
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • SUNY Cobleskill
  • Integrated English Credit

Program Requirements

  • Tuberculin Test
  • Finger-Print
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Current School Physical
  • Proof of Immunization
  • TB & Finger-Printing supplied by Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES

Early Childhood Education could lead to careers in:

  • Teacher (UPK—3rd Grade)
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Early Intervention Specialist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Principal
  • Family Counselor
  • Case Worker
  • Head Start Director





Brian K. Hartwell, Ed.D.
District Superintendent of Schools

1879 West Genesee Street Rd.
Auburn, NY 13021
Phone: (315) 253-0361

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