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Care for young children

Care for young children as they enter their first steps of education. When you earn a certificate in Early Childhood Development at Jamestown Community College, you’ll be able to work in the education field with children from birth through preschool, with some opportunities through second grade.

This certificate prepares you for work in entry level positions in early childhood education and childcare. You can work as an assistant in preschools, childcare centers, and family day care homes, and in school-age childcare settings. It also provides opportunities for those already employed in childcare facilities, including family care providers and those holding the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, to update and refresh their knowledge and skills.

You can continue your education at JCC to earn an associate degree. It is embedded in the A.A.S. in Early Childhood degree, and Mandated Reporter Training certification (Child Abuse Workshop Prevention) is embedded in EDU 2210.

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Available at All Locations

Available at All Locations

You can complete this certificate on both the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses, as well as the North County Center.

Clubs & Organizations

Clubs & Organizations

  • Teacher Education Club

Internships & Fieldwork

Internships & Fieldwork

You’ll have the opportunity to complete multiple field placements, helping you specialize in your field.

Related Majors

Related Majors


Minimum program credit hours: 32

Program Codes
Degree Option
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
9 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
English Electives (college level)3
PSY 1510: General Psychology3
Core Requirements
23 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
EDU 1250: Early Childhood Development1
EDU 1260: Health, Safety & Nutrition in Early Childhood Development3
EDU 1290: Introduction to Early Childhood Education Care3
EDU 1300: Observation and Guidance of Young Children3
EDU 1310: Family, School, and Community Relations3
EDU 2210: Field Placement I - Education4
EDU 2440: Children's Literature3
PSY 2520: Child Development3
none Degree Requirements Met
Important Points
  • EDU 1250, 1260, and 1270 do not have an ENG 1530 eligibility prerequisite and are, therefore, ideal starting points for the student pursuing a certificate in early childhood development.
  • Individuals who have earned the Child Development Associate(CDA) will receive these 11 JCC credits: EDU 1250, EDU 1260, EDU 1290, and EDU 2210.
  • Early childhood development certificate courses are designed as a career ladder leading to the associate degree. They therefore change according to changes in New York state education requirements.
  • Students must be willing to obtain and pay for any necessary physical or medical examinations or tests, which are required by some internship agencies.
  • Enrollment in the program does not guarantee acceptance into field placements in the program.
  • Students must complete an application for EDU/HUS 2210: Field Placement I, and approval of the application is required for the filed placement to commence. For students pursuing a human services career path, HUS 1210: Introduction to Human Services with a grade of C or better is the prerequisite. EDU 1290: Introduction to Early Education and Care with a grade of C or better is the prerequisite.
  • Some internship agencies require FBI or Child Abuse Registry checks. These processes can be lengthy and may require up to four months in order for approval to be obtained prior to placement.
  • Field placement will take place with children in an educational setting.
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Understand how young children learn and develop, and recognize appropriate and meaningful learning opportunities that promote comprehensive and developmental learning outcomes for all young children.
  2. Demonstrate introductory knowledge about, and value the importance of the complex characteristics of children’s families and communities.
  3. Demonstrate an introductory understanding of the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment.
  4. Exhibit professionalism as a member of the early care and education community, including the use of ethical guidelines.