Program Code: SS050
According to national studies, there are at least 13 million children under the age of six in some type of early childhood care and education setting, and 24 million school-age children in some form of child care outside of school time. In today’s demanding economy, more parents are working than ever before, creating an ongoing need for more early childhood care and education settings that are requiring qualified early childhood professionals. If you are interested in teaching and working with children from birth to eight years of age, a career in early childhood education could be for you. The Child Development Career program is designed to prepare students for the various career options in early childhood care and education, including preparation for employment in DCFS-licensed child care facilities.
As the early care and education field continues to grow, the need for highly qualified staff also increases. The State of Illinois recognizes this need and has created the Illinois Early Childhood Credentials. As a “Gateways to Opportunity” entitled institution, JJC can offer the Level 2-4 Illinois Early Care Credential that further validates specialized knowledge, skills and experience in early care and education. In addition to attaining the associates degree, students may qualify for the Level 4 Illinois Early Care Credential and students interested in specializing in infant/toddler care and education can obtain a Level 4 Infant/Toddler Credential by completing the A.A.S. degree requirements including infant/toddler specialty course work. Students completing the Child Development Certificate may qualify for the Level 2 or 3 credential.