Early Childhood Assistant Credential

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The Early Childhood Assistant Credential aligns with our Early Childhood AAS degree, prepares students for employment as an Early Childhood Assistant, and meets the training and education requirements of Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).


Thank you to the TC3 Childcare Center for helping create this microcredential. Our industry and community partners are vital to the success of our microcredential programs and many are leading employers of our graduates.


The Early Childhood Assistant Credential at Tompkins Cortland requires completion of four courses.
Printable version of credential checklist

ECHD 110 Children and the Arts (3 credits)
ECHD 125 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
ECHD 206 Infant/Toddler Environments and Curriculum (3 credits)
ECHD 225 Early Childhood Curriculum Development (3 credits)


There are many resources available to assist you in paying for your microcredential. The College has received a generous grant through the Tompkins Community Recovery Fund to provide funding for Tompkins County residents to earn microcredentials. Our partners at Tompkins Workforce NY Career Center and Cortland Works Career Center have grant opportunities available to financially assist residents in earning a microcredential. Several businesses in our community sponsor their employees. Financial aid is available to students that pursue the credential while matriculated in a degree program. These four courses can be applied towards the Early Childhood A.A.S. degree.