Child Care and Development

Program Director: Gail Williams

Office: Multipurpose Building, Room 231

Address: 802 E. Lavaca St., Beaumont, TX 77705

Phone: (409) 880-2223

E-mail: childcare@lit.edu

The 60 SCH Child Care and Development Program prepares individuals for employment in the field of early childhood care. The care giver of young children works with young children in a child care setting, observing, overseeing, interacting and teaching, which includes setting up curriculum and activities. The care giver is aware of and attends to the physical, emotional, social and cognitive needs of the individual child.

The Day Care/Child Care Center Director supervises and oversees the training of care givers, may work directly with children, and works with budgeting and financing. The director knows the minimum standards to remain in compliance with state licensing practices. The director works with parents and oversees the food program and curriculum.

The Child Care Director/Quality Care giver can perform the duties of a care giver and director. In addition, the care giver may go into the home of children, develop programs to educate parents with parenting skills and other life skills, assess families and individual children, train care givers, and demonstrate child care center equipment.

The courses may be used as academic instruction in working toward National Child Development Associate requirements, but do not provide Child Development Associate certification by themselves.

Students complete classes on the LIT campus and observation requirements at an approved child care facility. Students enrolled in child care and development classes must supply 1) a complete criminal background check, and 2) a State approved fingerprint requirement. Students must have access to transportation to child care facilities in the region.

A minimum grade of "C" must be earned in all courses required in the Recommended Programs of Study.

A graduate of the two-year instructional program is awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree.