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Early Childhood Education

Instructor: Mrs. Eileen Lawler, M.Ed.


Instructional Assistant: Mrs.Ingrid Baney


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Course Description

CIP Code: 19.0708

Child Care and Support Services Management


This program prepares individuals for a variety of occupations in childcare and guidance often under the supervision of professional personnel in child or daycare centers. This program includes instruction in growth and development; nutrition; program planning and management; safety; behavior guidance; play activities; child abuse and neglect; parent, child personal relationships; learning experiences for children; and laws, regulations and policies relating to child care services.


The Early Childhood Education program is designed for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students who have a sincere desire to teach and care for young children. It prepares students for either an entry-level position in the childcare industry or to pursue a college degree in early childhood education or elementary education.


Students observe and interact in a variety of early childhood settings including elementary schools, childcare centers, Head Start programs, and early intervention programs as well as our own on-site preschool, “Little Hands.”

Course Content

Topics of Study include:

  • Orientation and Safety

  • Professionalism

  • Health and Safety

  • Learning Environment (Physical Space)

  • Child Development (Emotional, Social, Physical, Intellectual, Language)

  • Classroom Management and Positive Guidance

  • Standards, Curriculum, and Assessment

  • Curriculum Development

  • Learning Activities and Experiences

  • Program Partnerships

  • Clinical Experience

Required Uniform & Materials

The CMTHS Required Early Childhood Education Uniform can be ordered HERE.

  • Burgundy Smock/Jacket

  • 2 inch binder (3 ring)

  • 100 pack of clear plastic sheet protectors


Additional Requirements:

  • PA Criminal History (ALL STUDENTS) Complete for "volunteer".

  • PA Child Abuse  (JUNIORS and SENIORS ONLY)


  • Physical Exam and Tuberculosis test: completed by your health care provider (ALL STUDENTS)

Related Occupations

  • Teacher's Assistant

  • Childcare Assistant

  • Nanny

  • Assistant Group Supervisor

  • Family Home Childcare Provider

  • Early Childhood Teacher

  • Elementary School Teacher

Potential Certifications

Students in the Early Childhood Education Program may earn the following certifications:

  • Mandated Reporter Training

  • Health and Safety Training (Through Better Kid Care) 

  • First Aid/ CPR

  • CDA Ready Certification (see Steps sheet for Explanation) 

  • FEMA IS:366.A- Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters

Post-Secondary Education

Recent graduates from the Early Childhood Education program are attending:

  • West Chester University

  • Cabrini University

  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

  • Montgomery County Community College

Dual Enrollment with MCCC

The Early Childhood Education Program is a Dual Enrollment Class with Montgomery County Community College (MCCC). MCCC has approved our instructor, Mrs. Eileen Lawler, as an adjunct professor. As a result, students will receive transcripted college credit(s) that can be used to continue their post-secondary education at MCCC or any number of institutions. Students must earn a grade of "B"or higher to receive the credit(s). ECE students can earn credit at MCCC towards EDU 100 Intro to Education (3 credits) and EDU 210 Teaching Young Children (3 credits).


Articulation Agreements are cooperative arrangements for granting admission and college credit to students who are continuing their education.  Central Montco Technical High School has articulated its programs with a wide range of colleges and technical schools resulting in college credit or priority placement for CMTHS students.

Click HERE and select Child Care and Support Services Management 19.0708  and your year of graduation to see what Articulation Agreements are available for this program of study.

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