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Child Care

Associate in Applied Science Degree Curriculum code 1264

In Moraine Valley Community College's Child Care Program, you can prepare for a career in early childhood development. It provides management skills needed to work as a director or teacher in private kindergartens, preschools, daycare centers, and special programs.

As a part of the program, you will learn about the growth and development of children from infancy to age 8. Emphasis is placed on creating a stimulating environment that enhances the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children.

Moraine Valley's program covers techniques for planning programs and evaluating students and staff. Social and economic factors contributing to deprivation in early childhood are also examined. You will learn to design and manage educational programs in areas such as music, science, mathematics, art, and language.

This program combines classroom instruction, laboratory exercises, and field experience at the college's Children's Learning Center.

Upon successful completion of your studies, you will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree in child care. Moraine Valley's Child Care Program meets the requirements developed by the Department of Children and Family Services. Moraine Valley's Children's' Learning Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Moraine Valley Community College offers the Director's Credential Level I.

Mission

The mission of the Child Care Program at Moraine Valley Community College is to prepare students to become effective teachers of young children, ages birth to 8, who will work in a variety of settings. It is the intent of the Child Care Program to foster learning through the knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices, and a variety of teaching methods and skills that meet the needs of the young child.

Criminal Background Checks: In order to comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical affiliation agreements, students may be asked to complete a criminal background check.

Admissions and Transfer Information

When you register, please mention that you are in the 1264 (Child Care) curriculum.

Moraine Valley is a comprehensive, full-service community college with an open-door admission policy for high school graduates or others qualified to enter. Admission is available to individuals 18 or older who are high school graduates/GED recipients.

Criminal Background Checks: In order to comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical affiliation agreements, students may be asked to complete a criminal background check.

In addition to the Illinois Articulation Initiative, Moraine Valley Community College has articulation agreements with selected colleges and universities to provide students the opportunity to attain a bachelor's degree in early childhood education.

You can earn college credit for vocational and technical courses you successfully complete in high school. Selected high school courses are equivalent to CCA-102—Growth and Development—Young Child.