The Human Services Department prepares students for fulfilling careers working with families and children
from birth through 18 years of age. Along with graduating professionals into the workforce, the department
also houses the Children's Centre Demonstration Daycare and hosts the annual Early Childhood Education
All of our programs include classroom instruction, as well as practical learning opportunities to better
prepare our students for real-world experience.
Graduates of our programs have excellent opportunities for employment in a variety of different early
childhood settings including child care centres, family day homes, nursery schools, inclusive child care
programs, kindergartens and out of school programs. Students completing our programs are highly sought after
by employers and have excellent opportunities to obtain employment in our community and surrounding areas.
Early Learning and Child Care Certificate & Diploma
Early Learning and Child Care will prepare you for a career working with children ages 0 – 8 in
addition to working with their families. A commitment to this rewarding profession will have long-term
benefits to young children, their families, and the communities where they live and work.
Certificate graduates qualify for certification as Child Development Workers through Alberta Children and
Youth Services while diploma graduates qualify as Child Development Supervisors.
Post Graduation Certification
Program Completion Options
Possible Careers Include: Work at child care centres, family day homes, nursery
schools, Kindergartens, inclusive child care programs, and out of school programs as a child care
worker or supervisor.
Educational Assistant Certificate
Prepare to work in educational settings under the direction of a teacher, providing
support to students who require assistance in developmental, behavioural, and/or learning tasks. Graduates
of the Educational Assistant program are prepared to work with children in the school system from
Kindergarten to Grade 12, in both resource rooms and classrooms. This program also offers the opportunity for those currently employed as Educational Assistants to continue
working in the field while obtaining certification.
Your Path, Your Pace - GPRC's EA program includes flexible course offerings through different streams, allowing you to choose a learning path that meets your needs:
- Fast-track to complete your program in only nine months!
- Part-time allows you to take as many or as few courses as you want and is ideal if you're not able to commit to full-time studies.
- Step-by-step offers live and online evening courses where you can learn from the comfort of your home. Maybe you're not able to commit a lot of time for studies but want to work toward your goal of becoming an EA - this option allows you to do that, one course at a time.
Possible Careers Include: Educational assistant in Kindergarten to Grade 12
classrooms, early intervention worker, daycare worker, employee with Head Start and preschool
programs, private educational support.
Children's Centre Demonstration Daycare
Running full days on weekdays, our daycare program offers inclusive supports for children with
diverse needs. We use an evidence-based child care curriculum framework and provide GPRC Early Learning
Child Care program students on-campus, hands-on experiences.
Spring Nursery Pre-school Program
Geared toward children aged 3 - 5 years old, our eight-week pre-school program runs Monday through Thursday with
two sessions each day, and is run by the students enrolled in our Early Learning and Childcare Program.
Annual Early Childhood Education Awards
The GPRC Early Childhood Education Awards is an annual event held on the College Campus to recognize the
dedication and commitment of our community's early childhood educators. The awards are handed out based
on nominations received from staff, faculty, students and community members.
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