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Child Care Development Certificate

Designed for early childhood educators in child care centers and schools, this program focuses on teaching concepts and skills that have immediate applications. Students identify effective teaching strategies and techniques and practice these strategies during each course for use in their centers or classrooms. The completion of all ten (10) courses below satisfies the educational component for obtaining a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, and the hours may also be used toward a Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) credential. To find out more about these national certification programs, call CDA at 1-800-424-4310 or CCP at 1-800-543-7161.

The courses within the certificate program meet the annual staff development requirements enacted by the New Jersey Bureau of Child Care Licensing.

 

Upon completing the program and passing the CDA credentialing exam, you may apply to Mercer County Community College's Early Childhood credit program and be articulated for up to six credits.
For more information, contact Theresa Capra.

To earn Mercer’s certificate, you must complete the following ten (10) required courses:

• Health and Safety with Young Children                                     

• Physical Development

• Cognitive Development

• Classroom Design and Program Management

• Children’s Language and Literature

• Getting Creative with Art, Music and Drama

• Helping Children Learn About Themselves and Others

• Guiding Children’s Behavior

• Working with Families

• Professionalism and Your Professional Resource File

Note: The same textbooks are used for all courses. Both books are available at the MCCC bookstore.

Classroom Design and Program Management

A well-designed classroom and program maximizes student learning. Learn how to select and arrange classroom materials, as well as how to plan and implement effective schedules and routines. Get an overview of lesson planning and different kinds of curricula. Discover how to assess the individual needs of children, as well as how to individualize instruction to meet these needs. Gather tools for evaluating and making adjustments to the program.
1.2 CEU. Cost: $119

NCEDU-CS013-01

6 sessions / Thursdays / 7-9pm

Instructor: Margaret Kornberg

Cognitive Development

Learn to create an environment that invites children to develop and answer their own questions through exploration and investigation. Discover how to interact with children in ways to stimulate thinking and problem solving, and assist in the development of early math and science skills.
1.2 CEU. Cost: $119

NCEDU-CS014-01

February 22 - March 29  

6 sessions / Wednesdays / 7-9pm

Instructor: Angela Dixon

Professionalism and your Professional Resource File

Child Care professionals must act responsibly and ethically. Begin to build a Professional Resource File - a collection of materials which supports high-quality program procedures and developmentally appropriate practices. You will receive guidance in writing competency goals and collecting necessary documentation to create the resource file which is a required component of the CDA credential. 1.2 CEU. Cost: $119

NCEDU-CS021-01

April 4 - May 9  

6 sessions / Tuesdays / 7-9pm

Instructor: Margaret Kornberg

Working with Families

A young child’s first teachers are his or her family members. Families are partners in education. Learn how to build the positive relationships with families that maximize a child’s success. Discover a variety of ways to invite formal and informal family participation in your program, as well as how to plan and participate in conferences. Also learn ways to recognize when families are under stress, and how to provide support to families in stressful times. 1.2 CEU. Cost: $119

NCEDU-CS015-01

April 5 - May 10  

6 sessions / Wednesdays / 7-9pm

Instructor: Jeffra Nandan

Helping Children Learn about Themselves and Others

Create an environment where children can build on their self-esteem by being treated as valued individuals and meeting challenges within their range of development. Learn how to differentiate activities, such as completing puzzles, playing with play dough, and reading books so that each child can meet with success. 1.2 CEU. Cost: $119

NCEDU-CS016-01

April 6 – May 11  

6 sessions / Thursdays /  7-9pm

Instructor: Margaret Kornberg


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Registration Desk: 609-570-3311

Questions: E-mail us.

 

REFUND POLICY: 
10 or more days before the beginning of a class: 100% refund

Less than 10 days before class start date: no refund

Credit card payments will be refunded to the credit card; cash and check payments will be refunded via a check from MCCC.

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