Build Your Story in Child Development and Elder Care

Developed for those special students that find joy in the excitement of early childhood or the smile of a senior citizen, the WACTC Child and Elder Care program develops the skills required to care for those unable to care for themselves. The challenging curriculum prepares for post-graduate internships, entry-level employment and higher education opportunities in the fields of education and facility administration.

Qualified graduates will receive three credits from the Community College of Rhode Island.


The curriculum was developed from National Association for the Education of Young Children standards.

Year One

Learning of the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of young children comes first. Pre-school operations precedes the hands-on experiences of the on-site pre-school. Students also study the normal aging process and its effects and do field work at the Pilgrim Senior Center.

Year Two

During the second year, the characteristics of school age children and special education regulations are studied. Management skills for preschool operations are integrated into the hands-on on-site pre-school. The focus changes during the second semester to assisting the elderly with study into age related issues and the medically fragile.

Year Three

The first semester is devoted to field work with Alzheimer patients and in preparation for taking the certification examination. For the second semester, students are placed in internships related to their primary career interests – some aspect of child or elder care.