Early Education and Care

The Early Education and Care program prepares students to work with young children birth through eight years old in a variety of capacities. Students enrolled in the EEC program follows a rigorous curriculum that prepares them for post secondary education at two and four year colleges. Successful graduates from the program may be eligible to receive certification from the Department of Early Education and Care as “teacher qualified” in private early education and care settings


Students majoring in Early Education and Care learn through actual experience in our on-site lab pre-school. The Pre-School at WTHS is a Worcester Public Schools pre-school providing early education to children in the city of Worcester who will be 4 years of age by December 31st of the school year they would enter. Families who would like to access the pre-school for their children may register at the Parent Information Center at 768 Main St. Interested families may set up a visit to our pre-school by calling 508-799-1967.

Skills and Competencies:


Reasoning and problem solving

The ability to manage themselves, other people, time, and projects

Skill in working with children

The ability to perceive and visualize

Participating Co-op and Internship Sites:

Bright Horizons Early Education and Care

Chestnut Nursery School

First Friends Early Care and Education

Guild of St. Agnes Child Care Center

Tiny Treasures learning center

UMass Memorial Child Program University Campus Center – Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Rainbow Child Development Center

Salmon Center for Early Education

Worcester Public Schools/ Belmont Street Community School

Worcester Comprehensive Child Care Center Teen Care Program @ Burncoat

Worcester Public Schools/ Vernon Hill

Worcester Public Schools/ Worcester Head Start

YWCA Child Care Services @ Salem Square

YMCA @ Child Care – WeeWuns Greendale

Career Opportunities:

Supervisory positions with large day-care centers or preschools

Ownership of  a day care center

For more information about this department, contact Ms. Mann.

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