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Early Care
and Education

Influence the life of a child.

Associate Degree, Diploma, Certificate

Childcare is
We set the stage for a child's future.

Early childhood educators play a major role in how children develop, both emotionally and educationally. We are part of the family.

Having the skills to communicate effectively with children is important, and you will learn how to do just that in our Early Care and Education program.

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The Program
Early care and education

Meet Program Coordinator Babs Hughes and learn more about the program.

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Early Care and Education

How does OCtech prepare you for working with young children? Hear what this graduate has to say.

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Early Care and Education

Our graduates are prepared - and our employers think so, too!

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Program Models
Building blocks of the future.

Parents put their children in childcare facilities every day. They put their trust in you. You'll earn that trust by learning about classroom management, safety, nutrition, educational concepts and more. Gain confidence during supervised field experience.

Choose your program depending on what you want to achieve. Whether it's working in early care or starting your own childcare business, you'll be well-qualified when you leave OCtech.

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A matter of credentials.
Whether you're an owner or an educator, credentials make for better childcare centers.

As you study, you can earn state credentials that can qualify you for Smart Money Bonuses. T.E.A.C.H. scholarships are also available that could make your education even more attainable.

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Program Cost*

Paying for college is not as hard as you may think. Many of our students attend for little to no tuition cost.

Early Care and Education Degree

$2,652 per semester

Early Childhood Development Diploma

$2,925 per semester

Early Childhood Development Certificate

$2,925 per semester

Applicable fees and approximately $750 for books and supplies. Your actual cost may vary.

*Based on 2021-22 full-time / in-county tuition

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Babs Hughes
Babs Hughes

Barbara "Babs" Hughes

Early Care and Education
Program Coordinator

Barbara (Babs) Hughes was born and raised in Orangeburg, SC. She attended the university of South Carolina where she received a BA in English literature with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She also has an MAT in ECE from USC, plus and additional 30 graduate hours with an emphasis in instructional technology. Ms. Hughes has worked in childcare across the state, as a 1st and second grade teacher, and as an elementary school administrator. She currently serves as the coordinator for the Early Childhood and Education Transfer programs at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College.

The Associate of Applied Science degree program in Early Care and Education at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, www.naeyc.org. The accreditation term runs from February 1, 2014-July 31, 2021.

To review accreditation status, please visit the OCtech Program Accreditation/Approval page.

Important program information: Outcome Measures: Early Childhood

Mission Statement

Improve the service area’s capacity to meet the unique social, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs of all young children by producing education professionals reflective of their community and capable of putting research into practice.