Early Childhood Education and Human Services

What It's About


In the Early Childhood program, students learn about the characteristics, needs, and behavior of young children. Students participate in a preschool learning lab at the CTE Center and/or at local district elementary schools. Internships and partnerships with home schools are ongoing throughout the second year. Classroom and lab work is rigorous, relevant to the career field, and prepares students for success in the post-secondary educational setting.

Upon completion of this program, students have the opportunity to leave with a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credenital, as well as eleven credits toward education at JCC and other colleges and universities. This program offers students the foundation for introduction to teaching, as well as child development careers in child care, physical therapy, occupational therapy with a concentration in education.

  • Two students talking with children.
  • Two students talking with a child
  • A student reading with a child
  • A group of children posing for a picture.

Things You Get To Do

  • Conduct learning labs in local elementary schools and CTE Classroom
  • Attend local elementary schools for practicum
  • Visit Head Start program
  • Trips to Pumpkinville, Sesame Street Live, Chuck E Cheese. Exotic Animal Farm

Where It Can Lead

  • K-6 Teacher
  • Child Care Provider
  • Pre-School Teacher
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Nanny

What You Can Earn

  • New York State Technical Endorsement on High School Diploma
  • CDA Credential
  • CPR/First Aid Certification

Go To College With Credits

  • Corning Community College
  • Erie Community College
  • Jamestown Community College
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • SUNY Cobleskill

Where It's Held

  • Career and Technical Education Center at Belmont
    5536 County Route 48, Belmont, NY 14813 | 716-376-8326
  • Career and Technical Education Center at Ellicottville
    5550 Route 242 E. Ellicottville, NY 14731-0690 | 716-376-8300
  • Career and Technical Education Center at Olean
    1825 Windfall Rd., Olean, NY 14760-9303 | 716-376-8200