Early Care and Education

Connecticut Technical High School System's Early Care and Education course breakdown by grade. Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.

Grade 9

3 Credits
Exploratory and Introduction to Early Care and Education

Grade 10

3 Credits
Early Care and Education II - The Learning Environment

Grade 11

3 Credits
Early Care and Education III - Curriculum and Standards

Grade 12

3 Credits
Early Care and Education IV - Becoming a Professional

Course Descriptions*

Exploratory and Introduction to Early Care and Education (EC110)
Students deciding to enter the field of Early Care and Education will be introduced to the basics of safety, sanitation and personal hygiene. Students are provided with fundamental knowledge of early care and education programs, areas of child development, safety and emergency procedures, introduction to careers, introduction to play, basic observation skills, roles of an early childhood educator and basic care-giving skills. Students will participate in on-site activities in the Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) classroom.

Early Care and Education II – The Learning Environment (EC210)
In Grade 10, the curriculum consists of an in-depth study into the development of the learning environment for early child care. The course introduces the student to the skills necessary for the creation of a positive learning environment for children. Students are taught how to advance children’s physical and cognitive development, how to support children’s social and emotional development, and promote positive guidance strategies. Students are introduced to storytelling and the creative arts. They will demonstrate success in entry-level skills, such as positive interactions with children, observation and recording techniques, identification of child abuse and neglect, universal precautions and emergency procedures, maintaining and promoting a safe and healthy learning environment, as well as basic planning and implementation of curriculum activities. They will participate in on-site and off-site clinical experiences at Pre-K and child care facilities.

Early Care and Education III – Curriculum and Standards (EC310)
In Grade 11, the curriculum builds upon the two previous years and offers students an opportunity to develop teaching skills in the on-site preschool program, as well as through a community placement experience. The course focuses on providing positive guidance, promoting creativity, encouraging self-esteem, social skills, child communication and literacy. Students demonstrate knowledge on written exams, oral presentations and projects. They also focus on mastering storytelling techniques, lessons and curriculum planning, as well as implementing and evaluating experiences with children. They will participate in on-site and off-site clinical experiences at Pre-K and child care facilities. Students begin working on the CDA resource file and professional trade portfolio. They will continue to be introduced to the basics of safety, sanitation and personal hygiene.

Early Care and Education IV – Becoming a Professional (EC410)
In Grade 12, curriculum will continue to build on the skills learned in the previous grades. Students continue to practice responsible assessment of child development, as well as systematic observation and documentation of child behaviors. The course focuses on managing a classroom, introduction to culturally-relevant care, inclusion of children with special needs, promoting positive relationships with families and maintaining a commitment to professionalism and ethical standards. Students create a professional portfolio, a resource file of developmentally appropriate activities for children as well as a resource file for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, a national competency credential. They will demonstrate competence in all of the functional areas of the child development credential. They continue to apply their basic knowledge in the on-site Pre-K classroom and community programs. Through laboratory and internship experiences, relevant course work and participation in Work-based Learning (WBL), students will demonstrate knowledge and critical perspectives of their work with young children. First aid and CPR courses are required and must be completed by Grade 12.

The Early Childhood Education program prepares each student with the necessary knowledge and skills to work effectively with children in an early childhood setting. Post-graduate students may enter the field for entry-level positions as assistant infant/toddler and preschool teachers and may pursue a national child development credential, associate or bachelor’s degree to work in public school programs and government subsidized programs such as Head Start or a career in the field of Special Education.

* Some courses may not be offered at every school.

CTHSS is relocating to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford

CTHSS is relocating to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford
Beginning, Friday, July 7, 2017 the Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) will start relocating their Middletown office to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105. The move will spread out over the next three business days with staff members arriving on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. We will have limited email and telephone communication during this transition. Despite the new street address, all CTHSS phone numbers will remain the same. The postal services will forward any mail sent to the old Middletown address. Visitors to the new building can park on site. Visitors must sign in at the security guard’s desk with photo identification.  Learn more

Free Summer Meals!

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Mrs. Alecia Walkuski and Vinal students named to Renaissance National Honor Roll

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Abbott Electrical Dinner and Awards Program

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Ellis Tech Wrestling Win!

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Ellis Tech Wrestling Team wins state championship- first in school's history!  Learn more

Grasso Student Wins National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships

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Prince Tech Team Awarded in Design Challenge State Competition

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Norwich Tech Grad First Female Gold Medalist in National Competition

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Community open houses hosted across the state

Community open houses hosted across the state
Links to photo galleries and news stories about our recent community open houses held across the state!  Learn more

Student Workforce

 Student Workforce
CTHSS students can help you with your next big project! A wide range of services are offered across a variety of trades programs.  Learn more