Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Academy will provide the knowledge and skills necessary for employment for future educators in childcare as well as future educators. Upon successful completion students can earn their Child Development Associate Certificate. This is a preschool specialization and recipients are eligible for the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Staff Credential and can go straight into the field of Early Childhood. Students can work in childcare centers and Preschools and teach Florida’s VPK Program.
This Academy will prepare High School students to become competent in childcare rules and regulations, learning environments, principles of child development, trends and issues in early childhood education and classroom management techniques. The purpose of this course is to assist students to identify career and job opportunities; to maintain a safe, clean and healthy learning environment; to identify principles of child development; to identify age-appropriate physical, intellectual, social and emotional development activities; and to identify rules and regulations that govern childcare. In our Early Childhood Education program, DHS students work with preschoolers in our on-site preschool lab. Under the guidance of the classroom teacher, high school students create developmentally appropriate activities for children ages 3-5. Activities include circle time, art, music, storytelling, science, literacy, and math.
Deltona High School is committed to providing students with opportunities to explore college and career-based learning through the various CTE programs. We are excited to transition quality programs into career academies where we currently have a large student interest in Early childhood Education and childcare fields as well as enrollment in the Early Childcare courses offered. Students that are enrolled in these courses will have an opportunity to earn an industry certification and which can generate CAPE Funding.