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 Child Development

Carrie Nepstad
Program Coordinator
 
The Child Development Program at Harold Washington College provides an excellent starting point for a career in education. The A.A.S. degree and Advanced Certificate seekers receive knowledgeable instruction, methodology, and insight in all aspects of developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children.                 
        
In addition, Harold Washington College offers specialized training for educators who want to focus on the very youngest children.  The Advanced Certificate in Infant and Toddler Care offers students coursework that focuses on children ages zero to three.                   

For students or current practitioners, the Child Development Program at Harold Washington College also offers the Level 1 Director’s Credential, currently required of anyone who plans to become a licensed child care director.  To see more information about this visit:                   
                   
All of the degrees and certificates in the Child Development Program are aligned with the Illinois Credential System through Gateways to Opportunity.  These credentials are recognized by the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Department of Children and Family Services.  Licensed child care centers and homes seek professionals who have earned credentials through the Gateways System.  For more information about the credentials, visit:                   
http://www.ilgateways.com/credentials                  

AAS – Pre-school Education                   

AA – Pre-School Education                  

Advanced Certificate – Pre- School Education                   

Advanced Certificate – Infant Toddler Care                  

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