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Click here to see the CTE Early Childhood Education Standards that are taught in this program over 4 years.  Students in this program graduate with 2 years of college credit and have the option of completing a Nationally Recognized CDA certification and be job-ready to work with young students after high school.

Freshman Year: 1 Term ECE Career Exploration.

Sophomore Year: 1 Semester Early Childhood Education Basics.

Junior Year: 1 Year, College Courses over topics ranging from Child Psychology to Program Maintenance.  Juniors also complete lab hours working with young children in the Alchesay Beginnings Child Care Center.

Senior Year: CDA Certification Preparation and Process as well as advanced college courses in Early Childhood Education.  Seniors also conduct lab hours working with young children in the Alchesay Beginnings Child Care Center.

CTE Early Childhood Education and the Alchesay Beginnings Child Care Center

Early Childhood Education is a  Career and Technical Education program providing students with the academic knowledge and essential skills needed for working with young children.

Students receive instruction both in the classroom and in the child care lab setting.  The Alchesay Beginnings Child Development Center provides students with the opportunity to practice the skills they have learned.  Topics in instruction include health, safety, nutrition, curriculum, learning environments, leadership, developmentally appropriate practices, observation, science, math, literacy, professionalism, and much, more.

Students in the Early Childhood program receive dual enrollment college credits from Northland Pioneer College with an emphasis in either Infant/Toddler or Preschool.  Upon completion of the four year program, and 19 college credits, students receive a Certificate of Proficiency from Northland Pioneer College in Early Childhood.

This program is free from bias and stereotypes associated with race, color, national origin, sex and disabilities and are offered in ways that ensures all students have the opportunity to achieve success in the program, including through accommodations as appropriate.

Students enrolled in early Childhood Education classes at Alchesay High School operate within the Alchesay Beginnings Child Development Center as a work-based learning experience.  The students learn, plan, and teach the children lessons that agree with Arizona State Standards for Early Childhood Education.  The program is articulated with Northland Pioneer College.  This allows students to earn high school credits and college credits while developing valuable work skills for the future.  Eligible students also receives opportunities to work with pay; during the fall, spring, and summer breaks. 


Laurel Endfield - ECE Instructor/CTE Director

Valyncia Yazzie - ECE Instructor/Preschool Teacher.

The ones that matter most are the children. They are the true human beings.  ~Lakota

Contact Us:

Alchesay Beginnings Child Development Center

105 W Cypress Avenue,
PO Box 190,
Whiteriver, Arizona 85941

 Phone: (928)358-5715

Fax: (928)358-5714


We operate a fully functional childcare center according to the highest industry standards.  The safety and education of the children are our primary concerns.  All activities are age appropriate with a child approved preschool curriculum.  ECE students will spend a minimum of 51% of their time in the child care lab working with children.

Hours of Operation:

7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Monday through Friday

Age Group per Room:

Infant Room– 2 weeks to 1-year-old

Blue Room– 1 and 2-year-olds

Yellow Room– 2 and 3-year-olds

Red Room– 3 to 10-year-olds

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