Early Education and Care

In the Early Education and Care Program, students learn growth & development of young children, responsibilities of the child care teacher, and the importance of a professional attitude.  Students will learn how to incorporate materials and activities that are developmentally and interest appropriate to the daily curriculum of a child care center.  

Students learn the responsibilities of child care, the importance of communication with others, and the need to project a professional appearance. They will gain an understanding of prenatal care, birth, and the developmental milestones in the early years of life.

Areas of concentration include: physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, an overview of major theorists and theories used in early childhood education, writing and implementing a basic lesson plan, emergent curriculum, observation as an assessment tool, the types of early childhood education programs, and an understanding of professional organizations such as the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 

Theory and practical experience combine to make up the Early Education and Care experience at NVTHS. The students gain valuable practical experience in our on-campus child care center. 

Articulation Agreements between Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s Early Childhood Program and post-secondary institutions:

Bay Path College

Early Childhood Education Program- 3 credits

Fisher College

Early Childhood Education Program- 6 credits

Statewide Articulation Agreement 

Licenses, Certifications, and Affiliations:

Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, Preschool Teaching License. 

Child Development Associate National Certification (CDA)

Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, Infant Toddler Teaching License. 

American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR)

First Aid Certification 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) General Safety 10 Hour Certification 

Car Seat Safety Training Certificate 

Hand Writing Without Tears Training/Certificate

National Organizations

Future Educators Association (FEA)