The Early Childhood Education Program at the H.B. Ward Technical Center at Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology (Eastern Suffolk BOCES) prepares students to begin careers in teaching or as child care providers. The one-year program with a second-year option allows students the opportunity to earn a Child Development Associate Credential as well as participate in community-based internships, exploring varied educational settings and student groups.

The program runs an on-site preschool that gives high school students the opportunity to set up a preschool,develop a schedule, and to engage with families. Further, students have the chance to apply learning through the creation and execution of lesson plans and learning activities. Students receive CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) certification. In the second year of the program, the focus is on students earning the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.The CDA is a nationally recognized credential that permits students to work as child care professionals in an early childhood program.

In 2017, Siena Gates, a student of the Early Childhood Education program at the H.B Ward Technical Center was a U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education New York State nominee.

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SUCCESS DATA: 100% graduation rate. 100% of eligible students earned a license/credential. 100% of eligible students passed a technical assessment