Early Childhood Occupations Education

Early Childhood Occupations Education is designed to prepare students for careers involving children. Students should love children, have good communication skills, be responsible, dependable, work well independently and read at grade level or above.

Year I
Students will participate in our You ‘n Me Nursery School on a rotating basis. While working in the nursery school, students will work in teams to plan and implement activities according to a curriculum theme.

Year II
Students work with 3-year-olds in the nursery school and complete field site hours.
Students who successfully complete the program will satisfy requirements for the Certified Early Childhood Associate (CECA) certification.

Instructor: Darlene Bruns


Professional Licenses /Certifications
Red Cross First Aid & CPR
State of Maine Certified Early Childhood Assistant (CECA)
ServSafe Food Handler


Skills/Knowledge Acquired
Creative thinking
Record keeping
General bookkeeping
Health and safety of children
Teaching skills for letters, numbers, colors, shapes, self-help
Organization/lesson planning
Snack/Lunch preparation
Oral and written communication


Course Activities
Individually plan and implement activities for toddlers/preschoolers
Maintain nursery school financial records using Quicken system
Construct and complete a résumé folder
Produce a professional portfolio for CECA certification college and/or job interviews
Learn and practice work ethics, safety, child development and positive child guidance

Dual Enrollment/College Credits
KVCC (7 college credits)


Entry Level Career Opportunities
Daycare Provider​​
Teacher’s Aide


Career Opportunities (with further education)
Social Worker​​​
Elementary Educator
Special Education​​
Occupational Therapist
Child Psychologist​​
Daycare Administrator