Early Childhood Education

Please excuse the mess! We are currently updating this page of our website. If you see any layout or grammatical errors, know that we are editing at this time so they will be corrected shortly. All content is current so please read on to learn more about our exciting Early Childhood program.

The Early Childhood Education program gives you an opportunity to learn about and relate to infants,

toddlers, pre- school and elementary-aged children. Students learn business skills needed to operate a

successful child care center using the Ohio Department of Education Preschool Licensing rules.


Students will study in the areas of: assessing children; child development principles and theories; children

with special needs; curriculum development and lesson planning; early childhood content standards;

guidance for young children; Ohio Department of Education law; and promoting safety, health and



Students spend time in the onsite child development center teaching and relating to the children (student

teaching). They will supervise, guide and care for children during their learning experiences in art, music,

science, language development, literature and play.


Students will have the opportunity to earn:

 Child Development Associate (CDA) see below

 Child Abuse Recognition

 Communicable Disease Recognition


 First Aid

 Ten hours of childhood education inservice

Child Development Associate (CDA)

Students will work toward the CDA, the most widely recognized, nationally transferable credential in early

childhood education. This credential is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement. The

Early Childhood Program at D. Russel Lee has a 100 percent success rate for students completing their