Early Learning and Child Care

Early Learning Instructor sitting at table with 3 young children

Open doors and imaginations.

Learn to support children and families in the early years of development and growth.

Program Description

The objective of the Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) program is to meet the needs identified by the community for the educational preparation of early childhood educators. 

The goal of the ELCC program is to provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to provide early learning opportunities and child care for young children and families.

Throughout the program, students learn to assist children in all areas of growth and development.

Certificate Program

The ELCC certificate program may be pursued on a full- or part-time basis and consists of 13 courses, including English, two practicum placements and one elective for a total of 35 credits.

Diploma Program

The ELCC diploma program may be pursued on a full- or part-time basis and consists of 24 courses, including English, four practicum placements and three electives for a total of 66 credits.

Admission Requirements
  • ENGL 060: Introduction to Literature
  • Grade 12 graduation with English 12; OR 
  • Mature student status with acceptable scores on the College Assessments or the GED® test.

Mature Students

Due to the practical nature of the ELCC program, a number of mature students enter with years of related experience. A variety of methods have been developed to allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills and thus receive credit for prior knowledge gained in the field. These include:

  • Challenge Exams: The ELCC program has developed Challenge Exams which allow students to receive credit for prior knowledge gained in the field.
  • Students must be enrolled in the ELCC program to be eligible to challenge any ELCC course.

For more information, contact the instructor/coordinator at 867.668.8793.

Other Requirements
  • Acceptable criminal records check.
  • Current immunization, tuberculosis (TB) screening, and medical clearance.
  • A letter outlining the applicant’s interest in the program, including related work and/or volunteer experience.
Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon College recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency.

Career Opportunities

Early Learning and Child Care program graduates are qualified to work in the following areas:

  • early childhood educators in child care centres
  • family day homes, and preschools
  • program assistants in child development centres and child care facilities
  • educational assistants in kindergarten and the early grades
  • nannies, family support workers, and as child care licensing officers
Money Matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Money Matters for more information.

Some programs and courses have additional fees -  see Ancillary Fees.

Yukon College Student Financial Awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon College is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several Student Financial Awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial Assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See Money Matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867.668.8720 to make an appointment.



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COMM 192 - Business Communications Not Online, Unscheduled Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
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