Collin's Child Development program has received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It is the only program in Texas to have NAEYC accreditation and to also hold Exemplary Status with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Child Development degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare individuals for continued coursework at a four-year university and for entry-level positions working with young children and their families. The coursework can also be applicable as in-service training for teachers, administrators, nannies, and family day home providers. A developmental approach is emphasized which promotes optimal physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth of children. Students learn management skills that allow them to provide quality programs in safe, nurturing environments.
The Child Development Associate (CDA) program provides performance-based training of childcare professionals who work with children from birth through age five. These caregivers demonstrate their ability to nurture children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth in a child development framework.