816 S. Walter Reed Drive
Arlington, VA 22204
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education


Ruth Bilodeau, Instructor

Veronica Cross,
Resource Assistant/Preschool Instructor


The Arlington Career Center is one of the few programs where high school students can gain hands-on experience with children ages 7 months to 11 years.

By assisting in the curriculum planning, daily operation and teaching in our onsite Career Center Preschool, our students gain valuable skills (competencies) which put them ahead of others in the field. A second onsite daycare program offers our students the unique opportunity to work with infants and toddlers.

This real-world experience is further enhanced by our partnership with Patrick Henry Elementary School, where students assist teachers in Pre-K through fifth grade. Students often gain exposure to specialty areas of elementary school teaching, including Art, Music, Physical Education and working with Special Needs children.

For those students who love children and want to explore a rewarding career working with children, there is no better place to learn than the Career Center.

Students participating in the Early Childhood Education program can receive / qualify for:

  • SKILLS--as prescribed by Virginia State Competency List “Early Childhood Education (FCS8285-86)”; the latest competency lists may be found on the program website.
  • CREDIT--

    Students may qualify for 7 college credits through Northern Virginia Community College. To qualify students must: be a Junior or Senior, receive a qualifying score on the NOVA college placement test, and maintain good grades and attendance in the class.

  • CERTIFICATION-- Program completers take a recognized end of course exam. Recent tests include Virginia’s Workplace Readiness and the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute’s (NOCTI) ”Early Childhood Education and Care Assessment”.   Those passing the certification earn one high school verified credit and receive a Career and Technical Education (CTE) seal on their diploma.
  • EXPERIENCE--with infants, toddlers and preschoolers through the on-site Career Center daycare and preschool programs, and with elementary school students through Patrick Henry Elementary School.


Annandale UMC Child Development Center

Arlington Public Schools

Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Chinquapin Recreation Center

Department of Parks and Recreation, Arlington County, Virginia

Extended Day Program, Arlington Public Schools

Fairfax County Schools

The Children’s School

The Fairfax Academy

YMCA, Arlington

Howard University
James Madison University
Liberty University
Morgan State University
Mary Baldwin College
Marymount University
North Carolina A & T State University
North Carolina University
Radford University
South Carolina State University
Trinity University
University of the District of Columbia
University of Maryland (College Park)
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech

After School Program Coordinator
• Camp Counselor
• Childcare Teacher
• Childcare Operator
• Elementary School Teacher
• Children’s Social Service Worker
• Child Psychologist
• Kindergarten Teacher
• Special Education Teacher
• Speech Therapist
• Physical Therapist
• Occupational Therapist
• Recreation Program Leader


The Career Center, through its two onsite daycare and preschool programs and proximity to Patrick Henry Elementary School, is one of the very few high school programs to offer students hands-on experience with children ranging from 7 months to 11 years. This exposure helps students identify their areas of interest, and prepares them for a wide range of jobs in the fields of early childhood and elementary education. Are you interested in exploring a career working with children? Contact program instructor Ruth Bilodeau (listed above).


  • 2006 Virginia Dept. of Education “Creating Excellence” Award
  • 2007 Arlington Public Schools Office of Career and Technical Education Exemplary Program Status
  • 2009 Virginia Governor’s Career & Technical Exemplary Standards Awards Program

Last Modified on June 12, 2014