The Early Childhood Learning Institute (ECLI) encourages and supports teens and young adults in their quest to earn professional credentials and college credits in Early Childhood Education, gain permanent employment in local childcare centers, and build career success in the field of Early Childhood and/or Elementary Education.
Over two years, the program offers the following services to students:
College Classes: Taught by Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) adjunct faculty and held on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings at Hopkins House’s Central Office (5904 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA). Arrangements are made, as needed, to accommodate the full participation of persons with disabilities. ECLI participants earn up to 16 college credits per year, for a maximum of 32 credits, by completing the following classes:
Language Arts for Young Children (3 credits)
Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
Teaching Art, Music and Movement to Children (3 credits)
College Composition I (3 credits)
Child Psychology (3 credits)
College Success Skills (1 credit) Introduction to Reading Methods (3 credits)
Introduction to Reading Methods (3 credits)
Observation/Participation/Early Childhood/Primary Settings (3 credits)
Infant and Toddler Programs (3 credits)
Guiding the Behavior of Children (3 credits)
College Composition II (3 credits)
Lifetime Fitness and Wellness (1 credit)
CDA Credential: Assistance completing and submitting application to the Council for Professional Recognition for this professional credential – and, by doing so reach Step III on the "Virginia Early Childhood and Child Care Professional Development Career Lattice".
Counseling: Provided by ECLI and NVCC staff, ECLI participants receive individual and group counseling in academic, financial aid, careers. Individual counseling is provided on an ongoing basis as needed, while group counseling is provided weekly on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings.
Workshops: Child care center partners facilitate professional development workshops for ECLI participants on subjects including dressing for work, punctuality, professional communications, conflict resolution in the workplace, teamwork, customer service, and social media do’s and don’ts. Workshops are held on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings.
Internships: Child care center partners offer practical work experience internships to ECLI participants. Internships are arranged according to the ECLI participant’s work and study schedule.
Wrap-Around Support: ECLI staff coordinates wrap-around services for ECLI participants, including access to computers and child care during program activities (as needed), text books, and study materials.
Students who complete the ECLI over two years earn the following benefits:
CDA Credential: Assistance completing and submitting application to the Council for Professional Recognition for this professional credential – and, by doing so reach Step III on the "Virginia Early Childhood and Child Care Professional Development Career Lattice";
Career Studies Certificate: This certificate from NVCC denotes completion of 16 college course credits or one-quarter of the credits required for an Associate’s degree;
Early Childhood Development College Certificate: This certificate denotes completion of 31 college course credits of the 67 credits needed for an Associate’s degree – and, by doing so reach Step V on the Career Lattice; and,
Fulltime Employment Offer: These offers include a salary of at least $25,000 plus medical and other benefits, provided by local childcare center partners.
The ECLI is not for everyone. Only a select few driven and committed individuals are admitted to the ECLI. In order to be considered for admissions to the ECLI you must:
Be at least 18 years of age;
Have a high school diploma or equivalency, and the first in his/her immediate family to attend college;
Are currently unemployed or under-employed, and seeking employment, career advancement, or career change;
Have household incomes at or below 185% of federal poverty;
Demonstrate the willingness and aptitude to perform college-level academic work; and,
Meet the requirements for admission to community college.
COST & FINANCIAL AID:
The cost of tuition to attend NVCC is covered through federal, state, and college financial aid. Students pay a nominal fee of $100 per semester to cover a portion of the cost of textbooks, access to computers, and child care and tutoring (if needed). No interest loans are available to students to cover other costs you may have, such as public transportion to and from campus.
Watch this video to learn more about how the ECLI can change your life and set you on the road to a rewarding career in the field of Early Childhood and /or Elementary Education fields: