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Early Care & Education

Why Choose the Early Care & Education Program?

The early care and educational experiences of a child can have a lifelong impact, promoting developmental growth and learning outcomes that prepare them for formal school and individual well-being. Our Early Care & Education program offers students the chance to truly make a positive difference in the lives of children.

Our courses provide the necessary knowledge about children, family partnerships and ethical standards to prepare students for the hands-on experience they receive during their practicums either on campus at the Hayes Child Development Center or in an approved local child care center.

If you want to make a difference in the life of a child, our Early Care & Education program can prepare you for a career in the early childhood development field as a child care director, teacher or child care provider.

Potential Careers

Child Care Worker

Child Care Worker Career & Wage Details

Child Care Director

Child Care Director Career & Wage Details

This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

Career Pathway


Meet Your Instructors

Debi Chase-Deitrich 

Debi has a BS from Southern Illinois University in Vocational Education and an MA in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. She has been an Early Care and Education instructor at Clover Park Technical College for more than 25 years. She spends most of her time as an off-campus faculty member at child care centers doing training, observations and coaching. She has developed four courses that she teaches in the evenings for our Early Care & Education Degree, where she serves as an adjunct faculty member. She loves visiting all her child care sites and helping each work toward providing a higher level of quality care.

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Lisa Colombini Hyke

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Linda Felch

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Sally Lockhart

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Early Care & Education Program Information Sessions usually occur at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.


To learn more about information sessions, visit

Visit the Academic Calendar at to see when the next information session is scheduled.


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