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MCC adds child care practitioner degree program for fall 2017

Monroe Community College has developed a Child Care Practitioner A.A.S. degree program to help meet the demand for child care center providers in the region.

The program prepares students for working with children up to 8 years old.

The curriculum of the program ranges from the principles of early care education, growth and all aspects of development of young children to strategies for providing support and guidance to children, according to officials.

“It is increasingly vital that candidates for all positions in child care be trained, qualified and experienced,” said Kimberly Roberson, executive director of Caring and Sharing Child Care Center in Rochester in a statement.

The program also allows students to complete 180 hours of field work in a licensed child care center or Head Start facility setting.

“Many times, we interview (job) candidates who may only have knowledge of one specific age group,” said Rob Stedman, acting vice president of services for children and families at the Volunteers of America Children’s Center, in a statement. “Teachers and care providers who possess a sound understanding of developmentally appropriate practices for each age group (infant, toddler, preschool, school age) are a highly valued commodity among child care centers such as ours.”

Classes are being offered at MCC’s Brighton and Downtown campuses, and some courses are available online, officials said.

The deadline to register for fall 2017 is Wednesday, Aug. 30.

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