Childcare Professions

  • Program Highlights:

    This one-year program allows high school juniors and seniors to explore careers in childcare. Students who choose to focus on infants, toddlers and preschoolers will work towards the completion of the Child Development Associate. Students choosing to focus on school age childcare will complete the NYS School Age Childcare Credential. All students will gain hands on experience working in the Teens & Tots Preschool and the East Rochester Elementary UPK program. Additionally, students will gain experience working with the age group of their choice in a childcare setting.

EMCC student and Teens-N-Tots Preschooler point to a date on the class calendar

Units of Study

  • PM Session Only

    • Professionalism
    • Child Development
    • Health & Safety
    • Self
    • Guidance
    • Environment
    • Creative Development
    • Physical Development
    • Families
    • Observation, Documentation & Assessment
    • Cognitive Development
    • Social/Emotional Development

Industry Based Exam/Certifications

    • NYS Mandated Reporter
    • NYS School Age Credential
    • Precision Exams
    • NYS Foundations in Health and Safety
    • NYS Emergency Preparedness
    • NYS Supervision of Children


  • High School Credit

    • 4.0 CTE (max)
      1.0 English 12*

    College—Dual Enrollment

     *Will require students to complete work outside of the regular school day.



  • Career Connections

    • Afterschool Program Group Leader or Assistant
    • Afterschool Program Director
    • Camp Director
    • Camp Counselor
    • Early Childhood Professional (Infants, Todders, Preschool)
    • Nanny
    • Preschool Teacher (Assistant Teacher or Nursery School)

    College Programs

    • Early Childhood Education
    • Elementary Education
    • Human Services
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Special Education

Items to Consider

  • Successful Students:

    • Practice good judgment while caring for young children
    • Display energy and enthusiasm with young children
    • Have the ability to communicate in a mature manner with parents and education professionals
    • Work both individually and as a team member
    • Meet health and safety requirements while working with young children
    • Meet OCFS requirements for volunteer work/employment (physical, fingerprint and background check).