This program is a satellite program housed at Nokomis Regional High. It is open and available to all students in our sending region.
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is designed for students who are interested in working with young children. The program will focus on child development and theory, psychology, child guidance, professionalism, curriculum planning, CPR/First Aid, and will prepare students to become knowledgeable in childcare rules and regulations, behavioral observation and screening techniques, childhood development theories, health, safety, nutrition guidelines, early literacy pre-school and early childhood education and management technologies and inclusion for children with disabilities.
In the start of the school year, students will be in their classroom to learn theory and the basics. Students will then train in early childhood programs throughout our local schools and community.
The program will follow the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) curriculum and students will earn their CPR/First Aid certification. They must also complete a minimum of 180 hours each of both field and instruction hours, score a 70% or better on the NOCTI # 4016 assessment, and meet the Maine Roads to Quality Registry requirements in order to earn the Certified Early Childhood Assistant (CECA) certification.
Students who take this program can choose to follow careers in Early Childhood Education as a Head Start, Public Pre-K, Special Education, K-3 education, center and home-based childcare worker.
Here’s a video of instructor Allyson Gudroe talking about her class:
Here’s a short video on an activity done by ECE: