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Early Childhood Development Pathway

CTE Pathways: Connecting High School to College and Career
Career and Technical Education courses help you get started on your pathway to success.

Program Description
Students prepare for child related careers and/or more extensive parenting skills through personal interaction with children. Instruction is given in developing positive relationships with and learning experiences for children, childcare policies and management, guidance techniques, and health and safety concerns. Through child development courses, students will gain an understanding of the aspects of human growth and development.

You Will Learn
  • How to maintain a healthy environment for young children.
  • Developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children.
  • Parenting roles and responsibilities.
  • Characteristic of prenatal development and childbirth.
  • Growth and development of children from prenatal development to adolescent.

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
-Early Childhood Development - PDF

Student Leadership Organization
FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) is the Student Leadership Organization for Family and Consumer Sciences. FCCLA provides students with opportunities to attain knowledge skills, and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in life, as well as promoting personal growth and leadership.

Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelorís degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • Child Care Aide/Worker
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • School Psychologist
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher Assistant

Workforce Trends
Child care workers held about 1.4 million jobs in 2006. About 35 percent of child care workers are self-employed

Eighteen percent of all child care workers are found in child day care services and about 20 percent work for private households.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of child care workers is projected to increase 18 percent for all occupations through the year 2016.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition

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