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Early Childhood Professions

Tiffany Acree
660-646-3414 OR
fax 660 646 3568


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"Little Children
Need Big Friends"
--Captain Kangaroo

Sponsor: FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America)

The Early Childhood Professions Program prepares students with the knowledge and skills to work with young children in child-related careers. Students have the opportunity to obtain a Child Development Associate credential. This is a national credential obtained through the Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program administered by the Council for Professional Recognition. Students that obtain the (CDA) have demonstrated their ability to work with young children and apply meeting all six Competency Goals.

What Will You Learn?

The Early Childhood Professions units cover:

  • Child growth and development
  • Program planning and management
  • Promoting cognitive, social, emotional and physical development
  • Behavior guidance
  • Learning experiences for children
  • Child abuse and neglect

Competencies & Costs
Early Childhood Professions students will need to get a physical, a TB test, and be on the FCSR (Family Care Safety Registry). The TB test may be done with the classroom or on your own. Cost is approximately $5. FCSR is approximately $14. Applications for FCSR will be done in class. Physicals must be obtained by the student, and the form returned to the teacher.

Competencies for Early Childhood Professions

  • Maintain a safe, healthy learning environment
  • Advance physical and intellectual competence by planning and guiding appropriate learning experiences
  • Support social/emotional development and provide positive guidance by interacting appropriately with children in individual and group situations
  • Relate to families in a positive and productive manner
  • Support a well-run, purposeful program that is responsive to participant needs
  • Display and maintain a commitment to professionalism
  • Use effective communication methods
  • Demonstrate enjoyment of working with young children
  • Utilize leadership qualities and skills

How Can GRTS Help You?

The Early Childhood Professions course offered at Grand River Technical School will get you started toward that rewarding new career.

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Qualifying students will receive a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential through the National Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition.

High School students attend for 3 hours per day over a 2-year period.

Acquire hands-on child experience through our accredited
"Chillicothe Early Learning Center"

Where Do You Begin?

If this sounds like the career you are looking for, contact the office at the Grand River Technical School at the number above, and we will help you get started toward this exciting and rewarding new future.

Where Can I Go From Here?
  • Child care manager/worker
  • Nanny
  • Begin a family child care business
  • Kindergarten or Elementary paraprofessional
  • After-school child care provider
  • Foster care provider
  • Children's recreational activities
  • Children's sales

Or, you can continue your education.

All students successfully completing our child care program can receive up to 10 hours of college credit at approved colleges. Please contact us for more information. You may also visit the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


Students participate in the GRTS FCCLA chapter as part of the child care program. Our chapter usually sends interested students to National Cluster meetings held each fall, regional meeting in Liberty, Missouri in October, and state leadership meeting in Columbia in the spring. Several students are currently planning to enter the STAR events competition this year that will be held in February.

The Grand River Technical School adheres to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of age, color, creed, handicap, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, or sex in admissions, educational programs, activities, financial aid, and employment.

Public Notice
Nondiscrimination Statement
Chillicothe R-II School District

The Chillicothe R-II School District complies with all federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974 and the American Disabilities Act (ADA). It is the policy of the school district that no person, on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap, shall be discriminated against in employment, educational programs and activities or admissions. Inquiries or complaints concerning the Chillicothe R-II School Districtís compliance with the regulations implementing Title II, Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 or the American Disabilities Act (ADA) may be directed to: Superintendent Office, Chillicothe R-II School District, P.O. Box 530, Chillicothe, Missouri, 64601. (660-646-4566).

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