Your Future Begins Here.

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 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.

E-mail an Early Education Instructor:

Available 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

Would you like to learn more?

Tours of Tri-County are available to the public every Tuesday morning that school is in session at 9:00 a.m. Please call 508-528-5400 to schedule a tour or to speak with a member of the Admissions Team.

The Tri-County Children's Center

The Tri-County Children’s Center operates preschool programs that promote the safety and well-being of the child and are 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.

Under the direction of Tri-County’s highly experienced Early Education instructors, high school student teachers plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum for the Tri-County Children’s Center.

Interested parents are encouraged to learn more by clicking the link below.

Your Future Begins Here.

Career Pathways

Skills and Competencies: Tri-County Training

  • Establish and maintain a healthy, 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
  • Develop & implement developmentally appropriate activities to support children’s grown & learning

Tri-County Diploma or On-The-Job Training

  • Teacher Assistant
  • Nanny
  • Certified Pre-School Teacher
  • Full-Day Child Care Provider
  • Recreational Aide
  • Family Child Care Provider

Two-Year or Four-Year College Majors

  • Elementary Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Special Education
  • Speech Pathology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Human Services
  • Social Work
  • Occupational Therapy Education (any/all grade levels)
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Criminal Justice
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Public Policy