• Early Childhood


    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.


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    Program Content

    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


  • Casey Stephens
    P: (315) 253-0361 ext. 5703

    Megan Hutchings
    Teacher Assistant


    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

    • Students can earn up to 13 college credits
      • Onondaga Community College
      • Tompkins Cortland Community College
      • Cayuga Community College
      • SUNY Canton

    Potential Careers

    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