Early Childhood Education

Albany campus

Interested in a career in education or operating your own daycare center? The Early Childhood Education program is for you!

In this new course, students learn the fundamentals of how children develop as they prepare for entry-level employment or further educational training.

Students learn the basics and methodology of child development and early childhood education while gaining a solid foundation in classroom arrangement, classroom management and curriculum development for infants/toddlers/preschoolers and young children. Students will also learn how to communicate and work with parents/guardians and staff in an education setting.

Through on-site work-based learning in a daycare center, students also gain formal childcare hours required to apply for Child Development Associate (CDA) certification.

Who is eligible to attend?

Typically juniors and seniors from our 24 component school districts who are interested in career training as part of their high school experience are eligible to enroll.

How do I enroll?

The first step is to meet with your home school guidance counselor to learn how Career & Technical Education can benefit your career path. Your counselor can then help you arrange a tour of our Albany (Colonie) or Schoharie campuses, or the Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen. They can also help you begin the enrollment process.

Where can I learn more?

Send an email indicating your interest to diane.ogren@neric.org or call 518-862-4816. Read more about our school