Child & Family Development

Strengthen the Well-Being of Children and Families

In a colorful classroom, six preschool children sit around a table. One student in the Child and Family Development program holds a chart with alphabet letters while two other high school students look on.
Students learn about human development and how systems of people work and function, to prepare for a career in helping professions such as teacher, social worker, or counselor.

Units of Study

Introduction to Child Development, plus:

  • Protecting Children’s Physical Health and Safety
  • Program Management
  • Early Childhood Education in Group Setting
  • Learning Through Play
  • Meeting Children’s Special Needs
  • Families Today-Life Challenges
  • Preparing for Parenting
  • Nutrition and Healthy Eating
  • Pregnancy and Special Circumstances of Pregnancy
  • Physical Development
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Preparing for a Child-Related Career
  • Financial and Career Planning
  • Family Development: A Sustainable Route to Healthy Self-Reliance
  • Communicating with Skill and Heart
  • Presence and Mindfulness: Cornerstones of Healthy Relationships
  • Taking Good Care of Yourself
  • Our Diverse World
  • Strengths-Based Assessment
  • Helping Families Set and Reach Their Own Goals
  • Helping Families Access Specialized Services
  • Home Visiting
  • Collaboration and Community Support

College Credits

MCC Dual Enrollment:
  • EDU 100: Intro to Teaching Profession
  • HED 130: Foundations of Health and Wellness

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements: 

  • Niagara County Community College
  • SUNY Canton 

Licensing / Industry-Based Certifications

American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED certification

Professional Outlook

Job Projections: 10 percent annual growth in new jobs through 2026.
Median U.S. Salary: $29,780 per year (in 2018).* 

Education Requirements: Many positions in child care and pre-school education require a bachelor's degree and additional training for licensure. Some positions require an associate's degree or high school diploma.
*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Preschool Teachers 


 Jenna Roberge-Karns

Jenna Roberge-Karns is a passionate teacher who has been working with children and teaching since 2010. Previously, she served as a disability coordinator for the Department of Labor. She worked to transition “at-risk-youth” from their residential setting to life after their CTE program. Jenna has learned a great deal from the many professionals that she has collaborated with both in the social work field as well as the teaching/CTE field, allowing her to bring a breadth of knowledge to her program.

Enrollment Information

Meet with your school counselor to discuss how Career & Technical Education at WEMOCO can benefit your career development. Your counselor can help you begin the enrollment process.
Intro Video

Presentation Hosted by CTE Students

Program Overview - PDF

Download a PDF overview of the Child and Family Development program information