Program Description
Liberal Arts and Behavioral/Social Sciences Division

Family Child Care Provider*

Program Description

This certificate program is intended to define, evaluate, and recognize skills needed to offer competent care to young children in a family child care setting, as well as in various types of early childhood education programs. A family child care provider is a person who cares for up to six full-time children in their own home and must be licensed by the state of Connecticut. Upon completion of this certificate, students will possess the skills necessary to manage a well run program and meet the needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Students who complete the first nine (9) credits of the certificate program also have the option of simultaneously applying for a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. These nine (9) credits will satisfy the 120 hours of training required for a CDA credential.

In addition, the credits earned with a grade of “C” or better in the certificate program can be applied toward an Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. All ECE courses are offered at Naugatuck Valley Community College in the evening for the convenience of those adults working in family homes or center-based settings.

*Note: This certificate program is not accepting new students.

Program Requirements

Course No. Title Credits
ECE*H101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECE*H103 Creative Experiences for Children 3
ECE*H176 Health, Safety & Nutrition 3
ECE*H206 Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs 3
ECE*H290 Student Teaching I† 3
  Total Credit Hours 15

†ECE*H290 Student Teaching I may be done in your home setting.


Program Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of Early Childhood Education and the skills required to make objective observations of young children in the home setting.
  • Systematically observe & record children’s behavior.
  • Recognize that the process of creating is as important as the end product.
  • Use their own creative abilities in working with young children.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of creativity through planning environments and activities.
  • Be aware of the interrelationships between child development and the areas of health, safety and nutrition.
  • Be knowledgeable about the control and prevention of communicable diseases.
  • Provide general curriculum adaptations and guidelines to help children meet their special needs.
  • Gain the experience to create a supportive and interesting learning environment.
  • Write goals, objectives and developmentally appropriate activities.
  • Develop a curriculum using a multisensory approach to teaching.
  • Become familiar with CT State Licensing Regulations; C.D.A.
  • Competency Standards & N.A.E.Y.C. Accreditation Procedures.