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.