Join the Early Childhood Education community TODAY!

Teacher with students doing a craft Arapahoe Community College (ACC) is looking for:

  • Assistant Classroom Teachers for full-time employment at our Child Development Center
  • Current ACC students for work study jobs at the CDC while going to school
  • New students excited to join this profession and enroll in our Early Childhood Education program

Early Childhood Education (ECE) is a rewarding and challenging career. Research continually demonstrates the importance of high quality early childhood programs which support children’s growth and development in all areas of life in the first 8 years. During these years the foundation is set for future social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. One of the most important influences in these early years is the child’s teacher.

Currently there is a shortage of well-prepared early childhood professionals in the U.S. according to the U.S. Labor Statistics. Colorado predicts an increase between 33-43% through 2025* – you can enter a highly sought after career!

* Colorado Workforce Development Council, colorado.gov/pacific/cwdc/colorado-talent-pipeline-report

Our Child Development Center (CDC) is a NAEYC accredited, high quality preschool and child care center that offers an affordable, safe, and stimulating environment for young children. We accept children 18 months to 6 years of age. Parents are ACC students, staff, faculty, and community members. Our philosophy is hands-on learning with positive interactions, accepting that children are at different developmental stages and have unique talents, needs and capabilities. We provide an inclusive environment that offers opportunities for individualized learning through a variety of developmentally appropriate and enticing activities that stimulate curiosity and exploration. The goal of the ACC CDC is to provide children with a nurturing environment where they have the opportunity to develop their problem solving skills, learn to interact with their peers, and develop a strong educational base that gives them a solid foundation for lifelong learning and success. ACC offers high pay, competitive benefits, top-rated facilities, and a convenient location.

Our ECE Program partners with the CDC to allow ECE students to observe the program and practices. The program provides a strong foundation for students entering early care and education, as well as other careers. ACC offers:

  • Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Teacher Education
  • Certificate in Early Childhood Teacher
  • Certificate in Early Childhood Director
  • Certificate in Infant/Toddler Nursery Supervisor
  • As well as ongoing professional development for those currently in the ECE field

To learn more about CDC job opportunities visit arapahoe.edu/jobs or talk with Pam Didusch, CDC Director at pamela.didusch@arapahoe.edu.

To learn more about enrolling in our ECE program, visit arapahoe.edu/ece or talk with Kristin Habicht, ECE Department Chair at kristin.habicht@arapahoe.edu.

Join one of the most rewarding professions and start Moving Mountains!

by Pam Didusch and Kristin Habicht

Start your child’s education off right at ACC’s newly remodeled Child Development Center

Classroom at ACC's Child Development Center

Teacher Ms. Helen sharing her pet duck, “Quackers,” with her Pre-K classroom.

The group of toddlers giggle in delight as the teacher reads the interactive book, “Press Here,” about a magical dot that multiplies, changes color, and expands. Each child has a colored dot sticker on their hand they press when prompted. The children are learning to follow directions, numbers, colors, and size, all in a fun, playful manner. On the playground, a group of three boys are working to build sand ramps with PVC pipes. When two boys begin arguing because they want the same piece, the teacher helps them problem solve a solution. They are learning engineering, verbal, social, and problem-solving skills.

The Child Development Center at Arapahoe Community College is child care that provides quality early learning experiences for young children of ACC students, faculty, staff, and families in the community. A NAEYC (National Association for the Education for Young Children) accredited center, the school provides care and learning Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 5:30pm for children ages 18 months to Pre-Kindergarten and we are expanding!  As part of this expansion, we have undergone some exciting changes as the North Building has been renovated to incorporate improved services for children, families, staff, and students.

  • A safer, more secure center. There is now restricted access via the new entrance on the East side of the building. Only parents, staff, Early Childhood Education (ECE) faculty and students will be able to access the center. Child Care drop off parking spots are located in Lot B only for a quicker, safer entrance for small children. All ACC staff, faculty, and students in these programs have passed background checks. All other visitors will need to enter the East entrance, check into the office and show a picture id.
  • Observation rooms. Each classroom now has an area to observe the children and teachers. Both ECE students and parents will be able to view what is going on in the classrooms through the “one way” glass. Dimmers on the lights allow more or less visibility.
  • New classrooms as well as center layout. To expand access as well as improve services, we have done some rearranging of classrooms and offices. We will eventually have a total of 5 classrooms, an indoor gym/activity room, ECE faculty offices, and two adult ECE classrooms.

Along with our newly renovated facility, here are a couple of important facts about our services:

  • We offer 2, 3, or 5 full-day Schedules. Children need to arrive by 9:00am daily to start their day and enjoy breakfast with their friends. Children need routine and a consistent start time helps maximize learning opportunities.
  • We serve healthy, family-style breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack daily at no extra cost.
  • We offer Child Care Stipends for ACC students and alumni who are continuing to a 4-year, accredited institution. Stipends are competitive; applications are due in July and awarded for both Fall and Spring Semesters.
  • We accept a limited number of CCAP slots for currently enrolled ACC students.

If you are interested in learning more about our program and the services we offer or to schedule a tour, please give me a call at 303-797-5678 or visit the ACC Child Development Center web page.

Kimberly Steele, Director