Early Education


    Early Childhood Student

    The Early Education program prepares high school students for various careers in working with young children. Through in-depth academic studies in child growth and development, students gain a solid understanding of the early childhood years and a working knowledge of children in this critical stage of their development. Students also receive CPR and First Aid training and certification.

    Students work directly with pre-school children within the on-campus facility as well as participate in a field-site placement practicum in the community to acquire skills and confidence in teaching.

    Many graduates of this program elect to continue their education in the field of early education. Other graduates may enter the working world as a child care aide. Outstanding graduates from the Tri-County Early Education Program will be considered for certification as a fully qualified teacher through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. The demand for caring and well-trained child care workers from this program is continuously increasing.

    Philosophy & Purpose

    We recognize that the early years of a child’s life are crucial to ensure the well-adjusted development of an individual. Our program promotes the safety and well-being of the child and is designed to meet the child’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs at various stages of development. Special emphasis is placed on establishing each child’s sense of trust and self esteem. To help meet our goals, we offer a wide range of activities that are appropriately designed for the ages of the children we serve.

    History

    The Tri-County Children’s Center was established in 1977 as a training program for high school students studying early childhood education and other human service occupations.

    It is a special place, serving a diverse population of young children. Tri-County students and instructors observe and participate in a variety of activities aimed at promoting the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of each child, with particular emphasis on creating a strong sense of community among children and teachers.

    Early Education

    The Early Education program prepares high school students for various careers in working with young children. Through in-depth academic studies in child growth and development, students gain a solid understanding of the early childhood years and a working knowledge of children in this critical stage of their development. Students also receive CPR and First Aid training and certification.

    Students work directly with preschool children at the Tri-County Children’s Center as well as participate in field-site placement practicums in the community to acquire skills and confidence in teaching.

    Many graduates of the program elect to continue their education in the field of early childhood education. Other graduates may enter the working world as child care assistants. Outstanding graduates from Tri-County Early Education Program will be considered for certification as a fully qualified teacher in a day care setting through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. The demand for caring and well-trained child care workers from this program is continuously increasing.

    Three-Day Preschool Program

    Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings 8:50 - 11:20 am

    Child must be no younger than three years  by September 15 and no older than four years nine months by December 15.

    Tuition

    • Three-Day Preschool Program: $36.00 per child per week

    The Staff

    Our staff includes three instructors, each with extensive training and experience in working with both young children and high school students. It is the role of these instructors to ensure that the high school student teachers gain the skills necessary to mature into capable child care professionals. It is under the direction of the instructors that the high school student teachers plan nd implement developmentally appropriate curriculum. Upon graduation, the high school student teachers will be equipped to work in a variety of early childhood classroom settings.

    Our instructors are Michelle Tilden, Dina Taylor and Lisa Oxford.

    "Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul."
    - Frederick Froebel


    Career Pathways

    Skills and Competencies: Tri-County Training Tri-County Diploma or On-The-Job Training Two-Year or Four-Year College Majors
    Establish and maintain a safe learning environment
    Establish and maintain a healthy learning environment
    Establish and maintain a high quality learning environment
    Identify the theories of human growth and development
    Facilitate the advancement of physical cognitive, social and emotional competencies
    Facilitate the advancement of communication and language competencies
    Facilitate growth and development through creative expression
    Establish and apply positive guidance techniques
    Identify the characteristic and build relationships with families
    Demonstrate knowledge and implement various assessment techniques
    Develop effective management practices
    Demonstrate a commitment to professional standards
    Apply knowledge of special education laws and regulations
    Hand hygiene in early care and education settings
    Maintaining a hygienic environment
    Develop & implement developmentally appropriate activities to support children’s grown & learning
     
    Teacher Assistant
    Nanny
    Certified Pre-School Teacher
    Full Day Child Care Provider
    Recreational Aide
    Family Child Care Provider
     
    Elementary Education
    Early Childhood Education
    Special Education
    Speech Pathology
    Psychology
    Sociology
    Human Services
    School Psychologist
    Social Work
    Occupational Therapy
    Education (any/all grade levels)
    Guidance Counselor
    Criminal Justice
    Public Policy

     

    Child Life Specialist

    Certifications: MA Dept. of Early Education and Care, Teacher Certification, First Aid/CPR/AED General Industry OSHA 10-hour card, Life is Good Play Makers Certification

    Articulation Agreements: Massachusetts Community Colleges, Community College of RI, Fisher College