• Child DevelopmentChild Care

       Child care workers care and nurture children of all ages in a variety of settings. Students in this course learn how to play an important role in a child’s development by attending to a child’s basic needs, organizing activities and assisting in the development of their emotional, intellectual and social well-being. The physical environment, the ability to work well with all types of children, learning about adaptability, and patience are a few things you will study when you become part of the Child Care and Development program at CTCLC.
       This program offers students the opportunity to learn skills needed to work in early childhood facilities, Head Start programs, and other child-centered occupations as well as helping to build foundational skills for a career in elementary education. The course is designed to assist students in preparation for the CDA credential assessment. This course includes the study of developmentally appropriate practices and programs, theoretical and historical perspectives, ethical and professional responsibilities, and current issues. Students will study the child, family, community, and schools and the influence these areas have in growth and development.

    Topics of Study:

    Follow safety practices for working with young children
    Establish boundaries, study routines and provide guidance for young children
    Learn about early learning center designs and choosing appropriate equipment
    Learn about the developmental areas of young children’s growth process
    Create learning activities for young children
    Interact with young children in an “on site” Head Start
    Train in First Aid, CPR, and Fire Safety.

    All students are required by DPW (Department of Public Welfare) to obtain the following information and clearances to participate in activities with children:

    Annual health appraisal or physical
    Mantoux test for tuberculosis or chest x-ray
    Pennsylvania Child Abuse History
    Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Check

    Career Opportunities:

    Curriculum Specialists
    Family Child Care Providers
    Toy Designers
    Artists, Illustrators, Authors
    Social Workers

    Co-Op Opportunities:

    Lil Tikes Center, Scranton

    Little People Day Care School, Scranton
    Treasure House Child Development Center, Scranton
    United Neighborhood Centers of Lackawanna County, Scranton

    Post Secondary Options:

    Montgomery County Community College-Central Campus
    Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg
    Community College of Allegheny County
    Reading Area Community College
    Manor College
    Community College of Beaver County
    Harcum College
    Lackawanna College
    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

    Student Testimonials:

    “ One of the great things I have learned in this class, is how to be creative and think outside the box. This is a great quality for my future in working with children.” Maria Smith 2014 Abington Senior

    “This program encourages my dream of teaching. The students are all kind at CTC and the teachers are wonderful.” Meghan Williams, 2014 West Scranton Senior

    “ I have learned so much about child care at CTC and my teacher helped me realize how I can pursue my dreams at an area college.” Heather Lark, Mid-Valley Senior 2014

    “My teacher is amazing as is the hands-on experiences at CTC. I am so happy to be a part of it all.” Charley Brown, Valley View, Senior 2014

    “ I have come farther with my journey at CTC than I could ever imagine. I had great experiences and a dedicated teacher that made all the difference. I plan on becoming certified as well as moving on to college. Thank you CTC!” Melissa Evans, Scranton High Senior 2014