Instructor Profiles:

Kathleen Garcia

Kathleen Garcia has been teaching the Early Education and Care Program at B.M.C. Durfee High School since 2005. She pursued her higher education at Southeastern Massachusetts University receiving a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology in 1984. She also received her Masters in Counseling from Assumption College in 1987 and a CAGS in Educational Administration from Fitchburg State University in 2012. Prior to coming to the high school she worked for eighteen years as an Early Intervention Specialist working with young children and families in Fall River.

Contact Kathleen Garcia: kgarcia@fallriverschools.org

Urania Carreiro-Ferreira

Urania Carreiro-Ferreira has been teaching the Early Education and Care Program at B.M.C. Durfee High School since 2003. She pursued her higher education at Lesley College receiving a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood and K-3 professional license in 1993. Prior to working at B.M.C. Durfee High School, she worked at the Greater Fall River Early Intervention Program as an Educator working with the birth to three population and their families.

Contact Urania Carreiro-Ferreira: uferreira@fallriverschools.org

Program Overview:

The Early Education and Care Program gives students the opportunity to explore the world of work in the area of Early Childhood Education as well as other career pathways working with children. The increasing demand for early childhood educators has provided many opportunities for employment. The Early Education and Care Program promotes learning through mastery of competencies, interpersonal communication skills, and an understanding of all aspects of the industry. An individual assessment of each student’s ability is evaluated to maximize his or her potential in achieving a rewarding career. Students are taught to take responsibility for their actions, learning workplace behavior, self-discipline, and professionalism. Strong work habits and persistence are encouraged daily promoting a strong, self-motivated student that takes pride in his or her work.

Skills & Skill Areas:

  • OSHA Certification
  • CPR Certification
  • First Aid Certification
  • AED Certification
  • Lesson Planning
  • Day to Day Operations
  • Working with Young Children
  • Types of Early Childhood Programs
  • Observing Children
  • Child Development Principles
  • Maintaining a Safe Environment
  • Understanding Children from Birth to Middle Childhood

Course Sequence:

Early Education and Care I: 10th Grade

This full year course introduces the student to the concepts of child development, age birth through 12 years old. Topics include creating a safe and healthy environment for children, discipline and guidance techniques, an introduction to curriculum development and writing lesson plans. Students must maintain a passing grade in order to be eligible to return for the Early Education and Care II Program.

Early Education and Care II: 11th Grade

This full year course which utilizes two periods per day promotes a further understanding of the Physical, Social, Emotional and Intellectual development of the preschool age child. Students spend two periods each morning in the on site laboratory preschool working with four and five-year old children. Students are responsible for creating developmentally appropriate curriculum and implementing activities in the classroom as well as observation of children. Students must maintain a passing grade in order to be eligible to return for the Early Education and Care III Program. Note: Students will be required to have a uniform as determined by the instructor.

Early Education and Care III: 12th Grade

This full year course which utilizes four periods per day promotes a further understanding of the Physical, Social, Emotional and Intellectual development of the child from birth to age 5. Affiliations at community child care centers enable the student to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Students are placed in centers and classrooms based on their future career goals. They develop and implement lesson plans, conduct observations of children and create a professional portfolio highlighting their accomplishments. Note: Students will be required to have a uniform as determined by the instructor.

Career Options:

The Early Education & Care Program prepares students with practical skills that enable students to work in the field or pursue higher education. Below is a list of jobs graduates from the Early Education & Care Program are qualified for, depending on the level of their education.

Durfee Diploma & Career/Tech. Ed. Certificate

  • Preschool Teacher (Child Care Center)
  • Infant/Toddler Teacher
  • Family Child Care Worker

Associate Degree

  • Lead Teacher, Preschool, Infant/Toddler (Child Care Center)
  • Owner of Child Care Center
  • Parent Educator
  • Teacher Aide (Public School)

Bachelors Degree

  • Elementary, Middle, Secondary Teacher (Public School)
  • Director of Child Care Center
  • Early Childhood Consultant
  • State Licensing Specialist
  • Social Worker, Children's Therapist
  • School Guidance Counsleor/Adjustment Counselor

Industry Links:

For more information on the career outlook for the Early Education & Care Industry visit:

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook

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