Early Childcare Resources

Have you ever thought about working with young children?

Consider what it would be like to raise children?

Then this is the class for you!

This program (ECP) combines direct experience of working with young children (3-4 year olds) in a Colorado State licensed preschool. You will have instruction in safety, child development,

parenting, careers in early childcare, nutrition, snack preparation, first aid, health,  and curriculum planning. Advanced students may be eligible for placement at a training work site in a preschool, childcare center or other related business in Mesa County. Students are encouraged through internship programs to apply for jobs in the early childcare field in Mesa County. Advanced students will be given opportunity to earn college level credits.

Program Purpose

The Early Childcare program at the Career Center is a training program for students in Mesa County School District #51. The program includes a School District 51 preschool training lab for working directly with young children.

 Students learn to work as aides and helpers in the preschool  and are under supervision of the instructor and the preschool director. The preschool is licensed by the State of Colorado Department of Human Services. Facilities are inspected annually by the Mesa County Health Department and the Grand Junction Fire Department.


Program Goals

The intent of the Early Childcare program is to provide instruction and hands-on-work experience to students in the care and guidance of young children as well as for basic employability skills.

    It is our goal for each student to:

   a) Develop skills and competencies to be employable as helpers and aides in child care centers and related businesses and educational settings.

   b) Acquire basic employability skills which will be useful and relevant to any employment situation.

   c) Acquire useful knowledge and experience to increase individual parenting skills.

   d) Build self-esteem to achieve greater learning, happiness, and over all personal success in life.

Debbie Neill  Cecily Marolf  
Debbie Neill  Cecily Marolf


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