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High School

Early Childhood Education

Program Highlights

Certification in Child Abuse and Neglect Recognition and Prevention | Certification in Identifying Communicable Diseases | Certification in CPR | Certification in First Aid | OAEYC/NAEYC Membership | Step-Up-To-Quality Approved Trainings | Attendance at the OAEYC (Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children) State Conference

Program Description

Early Childhood Education students teach three to five-year old children in our ODE licensed preschool classrooms. They plan, conduct, and assess developmentally appropriate lessons and activities based on themes and studies. Using the Creative Curriculum and "studies," student teachers promote exploration and discovery through learning. Students also plan field trips, carry out assessments, provide ongoing communications to parents, conduct parent-teacher conferences, and develop a positive relationship with their preschool students. Students also gain experience working with infants, toddlers, and school-age students at local daycare centers, Head Start programs, and elementary schools. Through these experiences, students observe mentor teachers in classrooms outside of the JVS, learn to work with children of all ages and background, and learn new teaching strategies and ideas. Students have the opportunity to earn 120 classroom hours towards a National Child Development Association credential.

Teacher Information

Hilary Duffala
High School

Early Childhood Education Instructor
Phone: (440) 774-1051 ext. 22345

Ashley Lorko
High School

Early Childhood Education Instructor
Phone: (440) 774-1051 ext. 22345

Program of Study

Junior Year Courses

Lab: 3 Credits
Related: 1 Credit
English: 1 Credit
Math: 1 Credit
Science: 1 Credit

Senior Year Courses

Lab: 3 Credits
Related: 1 Credit
English: 1 Credit
Civics/Government: 1 Credit
Math: 1 Credit

Math Options: Tech Math 330, Tech Math 121, Tech Math 122.


LCJVS Early Childhood Education working with two children on a project.
LCJVS Early Childhood Education student reading to three children.
LCJVS Early Childhood Education student posing with four students with their craft project.
LCJVS student observing colors with two children.

Career Pathways

  • Children's Hospital Child Care Worker
  • Day Care Center Assistant/Teacher
  • Head Start Assistant
  • Nursery School Assistant
  • Playground Supervisor

With Additional Training:

  • Child Care Provider
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Preschool Director
  • Preschool Teacher

Competency Profile

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Student Organizations

Students are encouraged to become involved with the career-technical student organizations related to their programs, such as Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. These organizations help develop leadership skills, cooperation, social interactions, and good citizenship. All members have opportunities to participate in regional, state, and national competitions to showcase their skills and earn college scholarships. Students who excel academically and have a commitment to community service may become a member of the National-Technical Honor Society.


Employment Resources

Strong partnerships between the JVS and business and industry help students gain work experience through work-based learning experiences, the JVS Summer Internship Program, and senior early job placement. The JVS is committed to helping successful graduates find employment in their career field. A detailed explanation of the student eligibility requirements for these experiences is included in the student handbook.

The JVS maintains an online job board to help connect students and alumni to local employment opportunities. The JVS website also hosts links to online resources for labor market data, as well as statewide and national career information.