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Child Development & Early Childhood

The Child Development and Early Childhood program offers students an in-depth study of children. The curriculum is designed to develop basic skills, attitudes, and competencies necessary for working effectively with children. Students learn by observing and participating in hands-on lab assignments that are required for all courses.

What does it take to be a childcare teacher?

*patience   *respectful   *responsible
*fun loving   *reliable   *nurturing *positive attitude
*good communication skills
*knowledgeable about child development

Midland College’s Child Development and Early Childhood program can help you develop these last two skills!

Children holding and looking at big flowers Four toddlers in the big stroller out for a walk on campus Three kids sitting on a bench hugging and smiling


Program Details

PBWDB Scholarship

The purpose of the Permian Basin Workforce Development Board (PBWDB) Child Care Scholarship is to improve the quality of child care offered in child care facilities serving the Permian Basin. Trained/skilled caregivers can have the greatest impact on the care provided to our children. Quality child care has a long term impact on the lives of children and positively impacts society. The scholarship is available to caregivers who are employed part-time or full-time in a facility
participating in the Child Care Services (CCS) program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must provide documentation proof for the following criteria:

  • employed part time or full time by a child care facility participating in the Child Care Services (CCS) program as verified by the PBWDB or the PBWDB's child care contract
  • must be employed at a CCS child care center at the time the semester starts and remain employed throughout the semester
  • earn less than $15.00 per hour
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Texas resident
  • U.S. citizen or a non-citizen authorized to work in the United States and meet Midland College enrollment requirements

Scholarship awards cover tuition, fees, and books for Child Development and Early Childhood courses (CDEC and TECA) up to $950 per semester. A minimum GPA of 2.75 must be maintained to renew scholarship..

New students must seek advisement through the Social and Behavioral Sciences/Child Development department. Contact Denise McKown (432) 685-6809, for student advising.

Child Care Scholarship Application (pdf)

MC General Scholarships

Apply for General Scholarships through the Financial Aid Portal

How to Apply

  1. Login to your My MC Portal
  2. Click the Students tab
  3. Click the "Financial Aid Portal" link
  4. Under Log In, provide your Social Security Number and password. If you do not have a password, click the "First Time User" link at the bottom-right and follow prompts.

For additional general scholarship details and deadlines, visit the General Scholarships page.

General Scholarships

Missing the "Financial Aid Portal" link?

To have access to the Financial Aid portal and apply for scholarships, the student's FAFSA application must be on file with MC Financial Aid.

If the students FAFSA application is not on file with MC Financial Aid, the student must fill out the FAFSA application first and once processed, will be able to complete the general scholarship application.

FAFSA Information

Texas School Ready (TSR) is a comprehensive preschool teacher training program combining a research-based, state-adopted curriculum with ongoing professional development and progress monitoring tools. The goal of this program is to help children be better prepared for school through comprehensive professional development.


TSR Offers:

Early education services for Head Start and licensed child care centers. These services include:

  • Teacher Mentoring

  • State Adopted Curriculum and Manipulative Kits

  • Professional Development including CIRCLE 2 Day Training and 20 eCIRCLE classes on the following topics:

Classroom Management
Phonological Awareness
Written Expression
Building Vocabulary
Social and Emotional Learning
Letter Knowledge
Understanding Special Needs
Setting the Stage for Children’s Talk
Pre-K Response to Intervention

  • Progress Monitoring 3 times per year

  • Teacher Stipend

Higher Reimbursement Rate from CCS

We are proud to have Midland College as our TSR Lead Agent!


Contact Cheryl Peckham at (432) 230-5822 or cpeckham@midland.edu

MC/Texas School Ready Information Sheet (pdf)

Whether you want to work as a teacher assistant in a school district, improve your knowledge and skills as a daycare provider, or be a childcare director or owner, our program will support your professional growth to work towards your goals.

Child Development and Early Childood at MC

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Thank you for choosing Midland College! If you are here to collect a few credits, take courses to transfer, or here to start a new career, we welcome you.

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