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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


Graduates may find employment as child care workers. In Washington, median pay for child care workers is $27,270 per year.

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Graduates may also find employment as child care directors. In Washington, median pay for child care directors.

$48,670 per year.

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Career Pathway


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

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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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Rebecca Edmondson

Rebecca has a BA from Pacific Lutheran University in Elementary Education/Social Work, a Child Development Associate Credential, and a Master's in Intergrative Curriculum in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University. She's been at CPTC for more than 10 years and is a tenured instructor, and she teaches classes on campus in our evening Early Care & Education program. She also works in the community at state-licensed child care centers teaching our Foundation Early Care & Education Certificate.

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Linda Felch

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Carol Holland-O'Hern

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Early Care & Education Program Information Sessions occur at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. For more information and a complete schedule of session dates, view our Program Info Session Schedule.




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Hayes Child Development Center Receives NAEYC Reaccreditation

Child paints at a table in Hayse Childcare center

Clover Park Technical College's Hayes Child Development Center recently received reaffirmation of accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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Hayes Child Development Center Gets Crafty

Lyric Anderson watches as her mother, Don-Necia, glues the fabric of her craft project.

Do you want to build a snowman? What about a house? Families worked together to build creative crafts at a hands-on event at Clover Park Technical College’s Hayes Child Development Center Nov. 20.

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Hayes Child Development Center Takes Field Trip to Nursing Lab

Nursing student Kristine Calloway colors with a child from Hayes Child Development Center.

Agroup of children from the Hayes Child Development Center at Clover Park Technical College took a field trip to the nursing lab in Building 23 on May 1.

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