This 12-month, paid program is your gateway to a job or career advancement in early childhood learning in Central Oregon.
The Early Childhood Career Development Program is designed for those interested in or currently working with young children. You’ll provide care and enrichment for infants to children age 5. A classroom teacher and your faculty mentor will help you learn skills in early learning that you can apply immediately to a job in Central Oregon.
Participating students receive:
Fall 2023 Start
Winter 2024 Start
Spring 2024 Start
Impact the lives of our youngest children.
What you'll save in tuition and fees.
Put your skills to work in a Little Kits Early Learning Center or other area child care center right away.
Who Can Apply?
This program is for individuals who are committed to early childhood education and aspire to work at least 20 hours per week in the field for two years following completion.
OSU-Cascades and COCC are developing Little Kits* centers to serve Central Oregon families. Locations are planned for OSU-Cascades and St. Charles Health System in Bend. The centers will leverage faculty expertise in early childhood at both campuses, provide care for infants to children age 5, and offer internships and employment. Until the centers are ready, Little Beavs, located at OSU-Cascades provides child care, as well as internships and employment for the Early Childhood Career Development Program.
*Kits are the young of beavers and bobcats, the schools’ mascots!