Children and Families: Early Childhood Education

About Our Program

If you like working with young children (birth to age 5) and would like to shape their future, HFC's Children and Families Program will provide the foundation you need to get started. Research shows that care and education during the early childhood years determines later academic success for children. The demand for competent early childhood professionals is constant.

The Children and Families Program prepares students to either assume positions in early childhood community, private, Head Start, Early Head Start (EHS), Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), or In-Home programs immediately upon graduation or to continue their formal education at a 4-year educational institution. All students are welcome in this program: full-time, part-time, those meeting Child Development Associate (CDA) requirements (seeking the CDA or renewals), and even those who are looking to take 12 credits to satisfy the State of Michigan licensing regulations.

Our program’s curriculum is organized around core courses that meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards for Associate Degree programs, as well as provides the skills and knowledge needed by early childhood educators. The program instructors provide students with hands-on experiences in the classroom. Students put classroom theory into practice by working with infants, toddlers, and preschool children in practicum or field experiences. Program students can choose to register for a hybrid class for a few select program courses. Finally, our program consist of knowledgeable and experienced female and male early childhood instructors who are all presently working in the field in some capacity.

Those wishing to take their studies further have several options. The Children and Families Program has articulation agreements with Eastern Michigan University (EMU), Madonna University, Marygrove College, Rochester College, and the University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn). In the Fall of 2017, EMU will bring their Children and Family Studies bachelor's degree program to the HFC campus.


The Children and Families Program - Associate in Arts at Henry Ford Community 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
1313 L Street NW, #500
Washington, DC 20005

The accreditation term runs from July 2019 to July 2021.

Interested in our Program?

  • 25% Job Growth

    The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates the field will grow by a whopping 25% through the end of the decade. This is significantly above the average occupational growth in the country for all professions combined!

  • $42,350 salary

    $42,350 National Median salary and 6% Job growth expected from 2014-24 for Child, family, and school social workers.

  • Career Opportunities

    Students completing the Associate degree will be prepared to apply for a variety of positions in the early childhood field.

    • teacher assistant
    • lead teacher
    • assistant director
    • program director
    • early childhood advocate
    • family group home provider
    Transfer full associate degree

    Articulation agreements with:

    • Eastern Michigan University
    • Madonna University
    • Marygrove College
    • University of Michigan-Dearborn
    • Wayne State University.
  • T.E.A.C.H grant
    EMU classes at HFC

    Eastern Michigan University (EMU) offers classes at HFC's campus. Continue your studies toward a Bachelor’s degree within the comfort of your own community!

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    Prepare for the Child Development Associate Credential

    The CDA is a national credential issued by the Council for Professional Recognition. It is earned by individuals working with children ages 5 and younger in childcare settings. HFC prepares students to complete this credential.

Student Testimonials

  • Alicia Oldham

    Alicia Oldham

    As a Children and Families major, I can tell you that the Children and Families Program is an excellent choice for anyone interested in working with very young children. The professors in this program are extremely supportive and hands-on with your learning and growth as a childcare professional. Every childcare class I took was fun, engaging, and very informative. The professors have all worked as early childhood teachers as well. So not only did they teach me all the proper material that I needed to know, but they also offered friendly advice and tips that I will use in my own classroom someday.

    Every single one of the professors can be a great mentor. Every single class was entertaining and ACTUALLY had me looking forward to going to school! If working with young children is your passion, this is the program you need and will want to be in. Not only will it be your win, but it will be a win for the children in your care someday!

  • Maria Gonzalez

    Maria Gonzalez

    Being in the program has been one of the most wonderful experiences I've ever had. It has taught me a lot about the early stages of young children and how important it is to provide them with the best and appropriate experiences to help them succeed later on in life. I really enjoyed being able to be a part of the practicum experiences. I learned so much by being in the field. It helped me to see first-hand what is going on in the classroom and to see what I really wanted to do for a career. I also enjoyed the hands-on assignments in the classroom and being able to present activities for different age groups. This gave me an opportunity to use my creativity and learn to use different resources.

    By having all these wonderful experiences within the classroom and such wonderful professors, this program helped me to work on my confidence level and organizational skills. I now have a better understanding of children, and I am more knowledgeable about early childhood education in general.

  • Eboni Nixon

    Eboni Nixon

    I entered the Children and Families Program with only the passion for wanting to work with children. I had no idea how much responsibility and effort that this field holds and I can honestly say that I have never enjoyed learning anything so much. The classes are spot on! You will learn everything there is to know about children during their early childhood years from their milestones all the way to problem-solving.

    The teachers are very welcoming and interactive with the students. You come in with the passion to work and leave with the knowledge and readiness to start your career. I have not yet completed this program, but I feel very prepared already. Ms. White is absolutely amazing and makes her classes feel like one big community. The classes are hands on and we gain real experience while working with children in practicums. I have learned so much and I am excited to move forward and graduate from this program. If you are considering joining this program, you will not regret it!


Lists the faculty associated with this program and their contact information.
Marlene White
FT Faculty - Pre-Education
B.A., Marygrove College; M.A., University of Detroit Mercy*
Laura Roe
EDUC Adjunct Teaching
B.S., Eastern Michigan University; M.A., Eastern Michigan University
Patricia Skelly
B.A., Saint Mary's College
Aaron White
EDUC Adjunct Teaching
M.A.T., Wayne State University