Early Care & Education of Young Children

The men and women who staff child care centers, preschools and elementary schools play a vital role in shaping children’s futures. In our Early Care & Education of Young Children program, students learn how to meet youngsters’ most basic needs while providing a safe environment that fosters growth along with emotional, intellectual, language, physical and social development.

As they prepare to pursue careers in education or the daycare industry, students practice the following skills:

  • Performing infant and child CPR, as well as providing pediatric first aid
  • Implementing infection control and illness prevention policies by sanitizing toys, etc.
  • Planning and preparing nutritious, age-appropriate meals and snacks
  • Supervising children and using positive reinforcement to guide their behavior
  • Communicating with parents about children’s activities, interests and progress

After studying the developmental characteristics of children at various ages, students team up to draft daily lesson plans based on short- and long-term curriculum goals. Under the supervision of staff, they present their lessons to youngsters at LCTI’s daycare center, World of Imagination. Lesson activities may range from storytime and sing-alongs to puppet shows and science experiments.

Students also learn how to observe, record and analyze children’s behavior, a habit that can help caretakers improve the effectiveness of their lesson activities, for example, or identify developmental problems. Passing a physical, obtaining the required state clearances for working with children and securing letters of recommendation are important elements of the program, too.

Industry Credentials

Early Care & Education of Young Children students can earn the following certifications and credentials in high school:

  • Child Development Associate-Ready Certificate
  • Infant and Child CPR Certification via American Red Cross
  • OSHA Certification via CareerSafe®
  • Pediatric First Aid Certification via American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Pennsylvania Skills Certificate via NOCTI®

College Credits

The following schools have articulation agreements with LCTI that allow Early Care & Education of Young Children students to earn college credit for work they complete in high school:

  • Lehigh Carbon Community College

Career Pathways

with industry credentials:

  • Daycare Aide
  • Daycare Assistant Supervisor
  • Nanny

with associate degree:

  • Daycare Director
  • Preschool teacher
  • Teacher’s assistant

with bachelor’s degree:

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Preschool director
  • Special education teacher


Teacher: Jennifer Jones

Email: jonesjen@lcti.org

Teacher: Kendra Mueller

Email: muellerk@lcti.org

Counselor: Katrina Sparozic

Phone: 610-799-1370
Email: sparozick@lcti.org

CIP Code: 19.0708

Program Task List

Essential Skill Alignment Chart



Early Care & Education of Young Children
Early Care & Education of Young Children
Early Care & Education of Young Children
Early Care & Education of Young Children

Industry Partners

Representatives from the following local businesses serve on the Early Care & Education of Young Children program’s Occupational Advisory Council:

  • ABC Early Learning
  • Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers
  • New Horizons Child Care
  • World of Imagination

Student Organizations

Early Care & Education of Young Children students are eligible for membership in the following Career & Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs:

  • SkillsUSA

Related Programs

  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dental Technology
  • Health Occupations

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Schnecksville, PA

Our mission at LCTI is to prepare all students for successful careers and lifelong learning.