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    PA Department of Labor High Priority Occupation!
    The demand for early childcare professionals with professional degrees and industry-recognized credentials is growing rapidly. Being good with kids can turn into a career in the Early Childhood Care & Education program, which prepares students to earn their Child Development Associate (CDA) national credential.

    Program Concentrations:

    • Learning environment
    • Child development
    • Standards, curriculum and assessment
    • Learning Activities
    Career Options: 
    Employment as an aide in a child care center or as a family child caregiver requires a high school diploma and two years experience working with children. Students in this program graduate with enough experience to become an assistant group supervisor — one step above an aide.

    With further college education, positions include teachers, child care center directors, child care referral agents and licensing specialists.

Female TCHS student reads a story to two young children.
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    Child Development Associate (CDA-Ready)
    CPR/First Aid Certificate
    Pennsylvania Skills Certificate
    Open Dual Enrollment Credits
    Delaware County Community College
    SOAR Credits
    Harcum College
    Manor College
    Montgomery County Community College
    Pennsylvania College of Technology
    Reading Area Community College
    1:1 Articulation Credits
    Harcum College
    Click here for more information on opportunities to earn college credit.
    Upperclassmen may be hired at local companies, such as: ABC Early Learning Center, Stepping Stone Education Center, Phoenixville YMCA and Ducklings Learning Center. Co-ops allow students to work during their school day, earn real-world experience and build their resumes.
    The Department of Education provides a CIP Code to approved Programs of Study (POS).  Schools and postsecondary institutions use the CIP code to categorize the POS, outline the scope and sequence of educational offerings and develop a POS task list. Click here to review the task list.