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 Child Development

Mary Lane
Program Director

Mission Continued                                   

The Child Development Program has adopted the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) associate degree standards. These standards are the foundation our curriculum and the core of our accountability, ensuring the program meets its objectives and students achieve their learning outcomes. The Child Development Program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); it is the premier accrediting and advocacy organization for early childhood education programs and teachers.           

Careers in Child Development

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Assistant Teacher
  • Teacher's Aide
  • Child Care Professional
  • Paraprofessional
  • Afterschool/ Group worker

To prepare students of diverse backgrounds and abilities with the knowledge and practical experience necessary to foster developmentally appropriate experiences for young children, the Child Development Program has adopted the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) associate degree standards. These standards are the foundation our curriculum and the core of our accountability, ensuring the program meets its objectives and students achieve their learning outcomes.                                   

About the Profession                         

Graduates of the Child Development Program work with young children and families in preschools, child care centers, home-based child care centers, Head Start Programs, as well as after-school, recreational, and religious programs designed for young children. Early childhood educators’ roles depend on the setting in which they work. Preschool teachers and child care providers provide care and education for groups of children under the supervision of a director who handles administrative and program development responsibilities. Teacher assistants and aides help with individual or small group instruction of children, in addition to handling routine tasks that allow lead teachers more time for instruction. Preschool teachers introduce young children to formal learning through planning and executing a developmentally appropriate curriculum.                      

Gateways to Opportunity Credentials                          

City Colleges of Chicago's certificate and degree programs in Early Childhood Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Infant Toddler, and Director are entitled for credentials through the Illinois Gateway to Opportunity Professional Development System. For more information see Illinois Gateways to Opportunity's website. For information about Gateways Credentials at City Colleges of Chicago Contact Leslie Layman llayman1@ccc.edu. ​​        

Scholarship Opportunity for Current Childcare Workers       

Do you currently work with children ages birth - 5 years in a family-based or center-based childcare program?
You may be eligible for the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) Scholarship.  Learn more about this scholarship program and apply here.        
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Faculty & Staff

Name Email Phone Room
Mary Lane - Program Director mlane31@ccc.edu (312) 857-5525 2103
William O'Donnell wodonnell​@ccc.edu
2103
Joyce Fair jfair2@ccc.edu​ 1314
Catherine Casillas cgrajeda1@ccc.edu
​1314
Teneisha Rogers trogers80@ccc.edu
1314
​​Shawntay King                                                    sking4@ccc.edu                                                               1314       
Bonnie Kisielewski                                              bkisielewski@ccc.edu                                                       1314       

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Phone: 
312-850-7326
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1900 W. Jackson Blvd
1314
Chicago , IL 60612
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Hours

8:30a.m.-4:30p.m.
Monday - Friday

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