Taking courses in early care and education or pursuing a degree can have big benefits.
- Build your knowledge. Learn about the latest research and best practices in caring for children and developing your curriculum.
- Meet program requirements. Some funded programs require certifications or course work for providers to participate.
- Advance your career. Increase your chances of getting hired and promoted — and earning a higher salary.
Explore your options
- Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC): Earning this credential can allow you to work at a program that receives state funding for school readiness or child day care.
- Charter Oak Prior Learning Assessment: Earn your degree faster — and save time and money — by getting credit for what you already know.
- Program Leadership Initiative (PLI): Program administrators can get college-credit coursework and other professional development.
Last updated July 21, 2023