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Early Childhood Education Family Childcare – Certificate


Early Childhood Education: Family Childcare

Certificate of Achievement

Currently the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) requires licensed “Group Day Care Home” providers to complete 30 hours of college credit. This allows the Group Day Care Home to care for up to 16 children with the support of a full-time and part-time assistant. This DCFS educational requirement does not apply to a licensed “Day Care Home” provider serving 8 children alone or serving 12 children with the support of an assistant. In order to meet high-quality program standards, all childcare providers seeking accreditation and higher childcare reimbursement rates will benefit from additional educational requirements.

What You Can Do

The Family Childcare Certificate program prepares individuals to provide professional, high-quality care and early education to children in a home setting. Please note: The completion of 60 college credit hours or an associate degree is required for teachers in childcare centers and assistant teachers in public schools.

Students completing this certificate will also earn the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity, Family Childcare Credential.


  • Childcare Worker

Earning Potential

View the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook for Childcare Workers at Childcare Workers : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (

Modes of Instruction
Learn more about the modes of instruction offered at John A. Logan College.

Program Details

ECE 0006


ORI 100College 1011
ALH 101Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation1
ECE 151Health, Safety and Nutrition3
ECE 160Child, Growth and Development3
ECE 260Child, Family and Community Relations3
ENG 101English Composition I3
PSY 132General Psychology 3


ECE 171Family Childcare Practicum11
ECE 220Infant Toddler Curriculum OR
ECE 265 Early Childhood Curriculum
ECE 240Observation and Assessment3
ECE 266Preschool Administration3
MAT 108College Algebra OR MAT 120 Elementary Statistics
OR BUS 111 Business Mathematics
3 – 4
13 – 14

Total Hours for Degree30

Notes and Information

  1. Gateways Level 3 credential requires the minimum of 20 hours of practicum experience: 10 hours of supervised work experience in early childhood classroom and 10 hours of supervised experience in a licensed family childcare home is required, totaling 20 hours of practicum experience.

The Early Childhood Education Family Childcare Certificate is a minimum of 30 credit hours. Please use our Tuition and Fees page to calculate your approximate cost.

*Students will be responsible for additional classroom materials and tools.

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John A Logan College is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. For more information on programs with specialized accreditations please visit Programs with Specialized Accreditations – John A. Logan College (

John A Logan offers a seamless transfer to the next step in your educational journey for many of our programs. Our academic programs prepare you for what you will need to transfer to a four-year college or university. When you have selected the college where you would like to transfer, it is important to review their specific admission and course requirements. John A Logan College has many articulation agreements with various colleges.

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  1. ECE program graduates will be trained to work in a variety of child care settings that include maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment.
  2. ECE program graduates will be trained to work in a variety of child care settings that include providing experiences to promote physical, intellectual, social/emotional, and language/literacy development.
  3. ECE program graduates will be trained to work in a variety of child care settings that include assessing & documenting child’s progress.

Early Childhood Education Faculty Contact

Marilyn Toliver

Marilyn Toliver

Professor of Early Childhood Education

Phone: (618) 985-2828 Ext. 8468
Office: G217