Exciting News from Blue Ridge Community College

We are excited to announce NEW professional development courses in Early Childhood Development coming this Fall!

The first 2 courses we are offering are Introduction to Early Childhood Education and Guiding the Behavior of Children. See full class details and how to register below.

There are 2 amazing scholarship opportunities, that can completely offset the cost of tuition, fees and textbooks. Application period for Fall semester (for both) is June 15 – August 1. Currently these classes do not qualify for Federal Financial Aid, due to their status as pending accreditation approval.

  1. Project Pathfinders – Information and application available here.
  2. Virginia Child Care Provider Scholarship Program (VCCPSP) through Dept. of Social Services – Information and application available here.

For both of these you must have a current college student ID number (your SIS ID), which means you need to complete an application to Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC). The steps for that are as follows:

  1. Apply online – this is a Virginia Community College application, you will select BRCC, as your campus in a later screen.
  2. On Step 5 of the application “Education Goals”
    1. Select I do NOT plan to pursue a degree at this time
      1. Under Reason for taking classes select ‘Developing Job Skills’
  3. Once you complete the application process you can register for classes! See information below.
    1. You can register for classes online through the Student Information System (SIS).
      1. Log in to MYBRCC to access SIS and select the Enrollment option to add classes.If you have questions about the application and registration process please contact BRCC Enrollment Services at 540/453-0264.If you have questions about the scholarship programs, please contact the appropriate scholarship advisors.VCCPSP – Dept. of Social Services, childcare.scholarship@dss.virginia.gov or 866/636-1608Fall class informationBoth classes are offered in 2 formats, online and hybrid.
      2.             Project Pathfinders – Mila Spaulding, pathfinders@vecf.org or 804/749-8149
      3. Hybrid is a blend of online and classroom learning that uses the strength of face-to-face engagement and the power of the Internet to deliver great content and allows students to learn at their own pace while also building on the unique exchanges that can happen in both the face-to-face class and on-line.
  • Online takes place exclusively online, the course work load is no different and typically requires more of a time commitment because your knowledge and understanding has to be assessed through reading and writing assignments rather than in class interaction.

CHD 120 – Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Introduces early childhood development through activities and experiences in early childhood, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and primary programs. Investigates classroom organization and procedures, and use of classroom time and materials, approaches to education for young children, professionalism, and curricular procedures. 3 credits

1st 8 weeks – starting 8/21

2 sections

  • 1 online
  • 1 hybrid – meeting in person, on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm, every other week starting the first week of classes

 CHD 205 – Guiding the Behavior of Children

Explores the role of the early childhood educator in supporting emotional and social development of children, and in fostering a sense of community. Presents practical strategies for encouraging prosocial behavior, conflict resolution and problem solving. Emphasizes basic skills and techniques in child guidance.

3 credits

2nd 8 weeks – starting 10/18

2 sections

  • 1 online
  • 1 hybrid – meeting in person, on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm, every other week starting the second Tuesday of classes (10/31) online course material available 10/18 (beginning of 2nd 8 weeks)

FURTHER EXCITING NEWS – We are currently pending approval for a Career Studies Certificate in Early Childhood Development!

The purpose of which is to start a career pathway for professional development in the field. This Career Studies Certificate is designed to teach to Virginia’s Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals. These competencies include health, safety and nutrition, understanding child growth and development, appropriate child observation and assessment, partnering with families and community, learning environment, effective interactions, program management, teacher qualifications and professional development curriculum.

Employment opportunities include positions in childcare centers, Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms, family day care homes, preschool programs, centers for children with special needs, residential childcare facilities and industry associated centers.