Child and Family Services (A.S.)
Early Childhood Professor, Dr. Gail Wentworth, in lab school with her dog Riley, helping children develop concepts about caring, helping, and family values.
The A.S. degree in Child and Family Services is designed for students who plan to work with children and families in a broad range of careers. The curriculum was designed with a commitment to strengthening families and fostering the healthy development of children. The program’s overarching goal is to improve family and community life by preparing students for work with children, adults, and families in a variety of public and private human service agencies and organizations. The curriculum provides a solid base in early childhood and social science course work and field experiences, including a 230-hour practicum offered in a range of settings such as the Department of Social Services, Head Start, Early Intervention, etc. The program includes a solid foundation in the liberal arts and career/college transfer preparation. Graduates will be prepared for entry level positions in child and family services as well as transfer into four-year college programs. The program is designed for seamless transfer into the B.S. in Early Childhood Studies: Birth – Age 5.
Generally, students accepted to SUNY Cobleskill have an 82 high school average. SAT/ACT scores are required for baccalaureate programs and on average students score a 1000 on the SAT and 21 on the ACT.
>> Expert faculty who are actively involved in professional organizations and stay current with the latest research and practices in the field.
>> Students engage in meaningful assignments in the first semester that allow them to explore the broad field of early childhood and consider a career path.
>> Opportunities for international internships and study abroad are offered.
>> A supervised, full semester practicum in the third or fourth semester allows students to put theory into practice in either the AAS Early Childhood degree or the AS Child and Family Services degree.
>> The Bachelor of Science degree offers two advisement options to prepare students for employment or advanced study in the broad field of Early Childhood. The curriculum option is for students interested in teaching and/or child care, the Child and Family option is for students interested in social services.
>> On-site child development center lab school with observation booths for students to conduct observations and assessments.
>> Students gain experience through courses that are hands-on, interactive, and allow them to practice skills and develop dispositions required for the field.
>> The Early Childhood Club provides special projects such as fundraising, book fairs, travel to conferences, community engagement, and most recently early childhood students are traveling to the “Innovation Challenge New York” event held at SUNY IT on October 24th and 25th. This event is modeled after a similar one hosted annually in Philadelphia, PA that has become wildly successful.
What Will I Learn?
The curriculum offers a solid base of theory and practice through early childhood course work and field experiences, including a 230-hour practicum offered in a range of settings such as public schools, community agencies, child care centers, and private preschools on and off-campus. The program includes a foundation in the liberal arts and career/college transfer preparation.
Students are engaged in course work, research, child observation, and field-based experiences working directly with very young children and families in community agencies and educational settings. Graduates are preparing for employment and/or advanced study that requires deep knowledge of early development, best practices in early care and education, and effective methods of family engagement. E-portfolios are developed during practicum and internship.
>> Case managers in early intervention
>> Infant, toddler, and preschool lead teachers in child care, private preschool programs, and agencies such as Early Head Start/Head Start
>> Infant/toddler mental health specialist
>> Child life specialist
>> Child care resource-and-referral agency
>> Program director
>> Early childhood advocate
>> Government policy analyst