Care and Development of Young Children (CDYC)

Why study CDYC at Delgado?

Delgado Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Care and Development of Young Children (CDYC) is designed to prepare students for the workforce and occupations in careers working with young children. The program has a strong community connection and is a liaison with several childcare directors in the field. Our program:

  • Forged partnerships with local public and private school systems at the parish and state level.
  • Works closely with head starts at the federal level to ensure that their employees they have a quality education that fits their needs while fulfilling new state guidelines (CLASS training through CDA classes and integration of subject matter with our CDYC courses)
  • BESE approved Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Program
  • Was officially changed from Early Childhood Education (ECED) to our current program name Care and Development of Young Children (CDYC) and has been accredited since 2006-07 Academic Year.
  • Program has articulation agreements with SUNO and Holy Cross

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Frequently Asked Questions

Program Outcomes

For program effectiveness data, please see the CDYC Employment and Graduation Data page.

Mission Statement

Delagdo’s Care & Development of Young Children program provides our students with the fundamental curriculum they will need to begin a lifelong career in the care and development of young children. Our program emphasizes excellence in teaching, service to the community, and creating a loving and caring environment in which children thrive.

Program Offerings

The Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) in CDYC provides a learning-centered environment in which to prepare students from diverse backgrounds to attain their educational and career goals in the area of working developmentally appropriately with young children and families.

Career Opportunities

Students in our program range from 18 (right out of high school) to older (students returning to school later in life).  There were 35 graduates from the program for the 2018-2019 Academic year.  Graduates will be prepared and eligible for the following:

  • Opening licensed childcare centers
  • Serving as childcare providers and directors of licensed centers
  • Working in quality childcare programs (Head Start, Early Start)
  • Job titles would include: Paraprofessionals, Teacher Assistants, Lead Teachers, Director of a licensed center, and Owner of a childcare center
  • Starting pay of $26,970 according to Louisiana Bureau of Labor Statistics

Continuing Education

The TCAs associated with this program are Child Development Associate (CDA) Preparation and Renewal.

Teachers in possession of Louisiana teacher certification and who seek “add-on” certification in Early Childhood (Pre-Kindergarten to Third Grade) should contact the State Department of Education to determine specific CDYC courses to complete at Delgado.

Forms and Information

Practicum Handbook


See Official Program Decision in the College Catalog