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Child Development/Early Childhood Education

There is a growing need for excellent child care professionals in the workforce.  When you think about it, most people at some time in their adult lives, will need information about children as well as experience dealing with children.

Child care proivders develop and implement developmentally-appropriate activities for children.  These activities encourage social-emotional skills such as socializaiton, cooperation and building self-esteem.  Child care providers also focus on introducing cognitive development basic concepts with numbers, creating patterns, identifying similarities and differences, etc.   In addition, motor activiteis are implemented in order to enhance fine and gross motor skills includng handwriting and playing group games.  Last but not least, there is a focus on literacy skills including stories, speaking in sentences, letter identification and sounds. 

The greatest need now and in the future is for the truly dedicated professionals in Early Childhood Education. Early childhood professionals recognize birth to 8 years of age as critical years in a child's development.  Early child care professionals are true teachers of young children and are an invaluable resource within our communities.

Kankakee Area Career Center's (KACC's) Child Development/ Early Childhood Education program offers a unique opportunity for training, experience and time with children.  Our students learn a variety of necessary skills in the childcare field.  In addition to developing professional skills, students have an opportunity to develop observation and analytical skills, competency in basic principals of child growth and development, engage in hands-on experiences with 3, 4 and 5-year olds within our on-site Preschool simulation lab and actively participate in planning and implementing activities within the lab environment.

KACC's students gain skills and knowledge in areas such as guiding the behavior of children, observing and recording behavior, child growth and development, preschool operation, safety procedures, preparing lesson plans, and first-aide knowledge and are exposed to a variety of career profiles.  The student plans and implements activities in the preschool, acting as both a teaching team member and as a leader, both of which are important to anyone in today's workforce.   

Successful second-year students have the potential  to gain experience through an internship/job shadowing program within the childcare field at an assigned locally-owned day care facility.

Dual Credit Opportunities:  Beecher High School and Crete-Monee High School Students have an opportunity to earn 3 dual credit hours for ECED 105, Creative Activities for Children, through Prairie State College..  For those students residing in Kankakee and Iroquois Counties, students have an opportunity to earn 3 dual credit hours for CDEV2263, Heads Up! Reading, through Kankakee Community College. 

Career Opportunities

Child Care Instructor Preschool Teacher Child Care Director/Administrator
Child Care Aide Child Care Consultant Infant & Toddler Care Teacher
Child Development Researcher Child Life Specialist Child Care-Private Home (Nanny)
Curriculum Development Resource & Equipment Sales Family or Center Child Care Owner
Resource & Referral Network Children's Advocate Training Other Child Care Workers

Helpful High School Courses

Foods & Nutrition Family Living Child Care Orientation
Child Development Introduction to Business Sociology
Basic Math English Speech

Personal Qualities

Patience and Emotional Stability Ability to Handle Medium Physical Activity
Ability to Communicate/Get Along With Others Ability to Plan and Organize
Warm Personality Good Health
Enjoyment and ability to work with children Skills to care for young children

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Kankakee Area Career Center4083 N 1000 W Road

PO Box 570Bourbonnais, IL 60914

815-939-4971Fax: 815-939-7598

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