The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Care and Development of Young Children
(CDYC) program recognizes the need for quality child care in the community and prepares individuals to provide care and education for young children in early learning settings.
The CDYC Program Is Designed To:
- meet the educational standards set by state and federal governments for early childhood programs and satisfy the highest level of quality for providers in child care.
- honor the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Code of Ethical Conduct and promote developmentally appropriate practice as outlined in the Louisiana Early Learning and Development Standards.
- prepare early childhood educators to serve as leaders and mentors with knowledge of growth and development of young children in cognitive, physical, emotional, and social domains.
- provide students with quality, research-based coursework, specifically designed for roles in homes, residential or institution-based child care services, and Head Start programs.
The graduating student will receive 60 hours of college credit for the required courses which include at least 33 college credit hours in CDYC courses.
Candidates will develop practical, developmentally appropriate techniques and methods for teaching young children. In addition to traditional course work, candidates will observe and participate in early learning settings for a minimum of 240 clock hours.
**Louisiana law requires a Criminal Background Check (CBC) for everyone who interacts with children in early learning settings.
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