The Early Childhood Development - Preschool Career Studies Certificate at Piedmont Virginia Community College prepares you to work with young children in a safe and healthy child-care environment to support their individual physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. This certificate provides the entry-level competencies documented by Virginia’s Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals. These competencies include health, safety and nutrition, understanding child growth and development, appropriate child observation and assessment, partnering with familes and community, learning environment, effective interactions, program management, teacher qualifications, and professional development curriculum.
Students accepted into the program will plan their coursework with the aid of the Program Coordinator or with the dean of the Division of Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences.
Employment opportunites include positions in childcare centers, Head Start classrooms, family day care homes, preschool programs, centers for children with special needs, residential childcare facilities, and industry associated centers.