Child Care Education

Our Mission
The Child Care Education Program at Massasoit Community College endeavors to fulfill the college mission of supporting students in attaining their educational and personal goals. This is accomplished by providing a comprehensive Child Care Education program that prepares students to meet the ever changing needs of children, families, and the community. The program encourages students to view themselves as life long learners who continue to develop professionally. The diversity of students and the community in which they live and work is recognized as an essential aspect of the Child Care Education curriculum. Respect for the individual is paramount.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES/NAEYC Standards
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards for Initial Early Childhood Preparation are the department outcomes for the Child Care Education and Administration program. The NAEYC Standards are based on the latest research in the field of early childhood education and best practices. They are specific and measurable. Students in the program demonstrate each key element of the Standards. Data is collected and analyzed from key assessments designed to demonstrate the Standards and is used to inform practice. The Standards are also embedded in all course outcomes.

The Child Care Education and Administration department has designed a comprehensive career program for students interested in working with young children. The program will prepare students for Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) certification as Lead Teacher, and after six months of work experience, as a Director in a child care setting. The program will help students develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to work effectively in a multi-cultural society. The curriculum is designed to meet the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The Massasoit Children's Center is an integral part of the program, providing an opportunity to complete specific assignments in all courses. Formal instruction is integrated with fieldwork in the form of a supervised Practicum experience. The opportunity to observe and work in early childhood facilities will support course work, as well as fulfill EEC employment requirements. Admission to the Child Care Program, however, does not insure a practicum placement.

Prior to obtaining a practicum assignment, records of students may be subject to review pursuant to the Criminal Record Information Act, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 172-178, and Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 28 A, Section 1 et seq., and regulations promulgated pursuant to such statutes.

The emphasis of this A.S. program is to provide the student with sufficient knowledge and skills to obtain employment upon graduation and is not oriented to transfer. However, several courses may transfer to baccalaureate degree granting institutions. Interested students should seek additional information from the Child Care Education Department.