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Early Childhood Education Program in Aurora, CO

The Early Childhood Education Program is designed to provide the skills needed to secure employment as a Teaching Assistant in a childcare center, preschool, or elementary school.

Students enrolled in the program receive training in the classroom setting and in the on-site licensed child care facility.

Leadership skills are taught through participation in the FCCLA student organization. Students considering a career in education, child psychology, pediatric medicine, social work, or other child-related occupations are encouraged to enroll in the ECE program.

Students who successfully complete the ECE Program may earn transferable college credit with any participating community college in the state of Colorado if certain grade requirements are met.




Instructor Jessica Cross

Ms. Cross is very passionate about working in Early Childhood Education. She has been a preschool teacher for 10 years and she directed Kids Tech for Aurora Public Schools for 3 years at its off-site location. Ms. Cross came to Pickens Tech 2 years ago. Ms. Cross feels that the on-site internship program is what makes the Pickens ECE Program really strong.

Ms. Cross obtained her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education before working to get her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She is currently working to obtain her Master’s Degree in teaching.

Ms. Cross enjoys the community atmosphere at Pickens Tech. Each of the programs tries to support all of the other programs.

Years Teaching: 2 years

Years in Industry: 10 years

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