Early Childhood & Youth Development

Why Early Childhood & Youth Development at DCTC?

Do you enjoy caring for children? Maybe you like artistic activities, a friendly work environment or just want to make a difference in someone's life? Then a career in Early Childhood and Youth Development may be right for you.

Careers in the Early Childhood and Youth Development industry are among the fastest growing in Minnesota (according to iSeek Careers). The ECYD program at DCTC has a proven record of successful graduates and is offered at a fraction of the cost of comparable programs at a private institute. If you want to join the workforce after graduation, our instructors have developed strong connections with professional organizations for networking. Or several transfer opportunities with reputable universities are available if you choose to continue your education.

Quick Facts

  • Employment for jobs in the early childhood field is expected to grow tremendously from 2010 to 2020 (U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics):
    -20 percent increase for childcare workers
    -25 percent increase for preschool teachers
    -15 percent increase for paraprofessionals

  • More than ninety percent of DCTC early childhood and youth development graduates find employment related to the field

  • The cost to attend DCTC's Early Childhood and Youth Development program per year is roughly one-fifth that of a comparable program offered at a private trade school in Minnesota ($5,521 vs. $27,450)

  • The ECYD program at DCTC is affiliated with many professional organizations, such as the National Association of Family Child Care and the National Association for the Education of Young Children, to provide invaluable connections for students 

  • DCTC's Early Childhood and Youth Development program offers practicum and field experience opportunities for students to gain real-world experience

  • For more than 20 years, ECYD has been preparing students for careers in early childhood and has established a pristine reputation in the industry. Check out the instructors' bios

  • Partnerships to various universities offer ECYD graduates several transfer opportunities to continue education in the early childhood field

  • This is a flexible program, which offers courses during the day, evening and online; the degree can be completed completely online through Electronic Learning for Early Childhood Teachers, or E-LECT

  • Credit for Prior Learning opportunities are available for highly experienced childcare providers