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.

Theory courses for the ELCC program offer the option of either face-to-face or video/online delivery.

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

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 867.456.6989.

Other Requirements
  • Acceptable current criminal records check including vulnerable sectors
  • Current immunization, including tuberculosis screening
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.

Follow this link to government funding: http://www.hss.gov.yk.ca/ecebursary.php

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.

Program Guides

A program planning guide lays out the courses and requirements needed to graduate from a particular program. It guides you through course selection options for each term, provides a sample program pathway and acts as a tool to track your progress.


Title Campus Scheduled
ELCC 100 - Cultural Competency in Early Learning and Child Care Online/Video
ELCC 110 - Health, Safety and Nutrition Online/Video
ELCC 111 - Child Growth & Dev't I Online/Video, Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ELCC 112 - Introduction to Early Learning and Child Care Online/Video
ELCC 113 - Field Placement I Off-Campus, Pelly Crossing
ELCC 114 - Integration Seminar I Online/Video, Pelly Crossing
ELCC 121 - Child Growth and Development II Online/Video, Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ELCC 122 - Program Planning - Learning Through Play Online/Video, Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ELCC 123 - Field Placement II Off-Campus
ELCC 124 - Integration Seminar II
ELCC 125 - Interpersonal Relationships and Communication Skills Online/Video, Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ELCC 130 - Guiding Young Children Online/Video, Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ELCC 200 - Program Planning - Science Areas with Young Children Online/Video, Carcross
ELCC 211 - Family Program Community Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ELCC 212 - Program Planning-Literacy & Creative Expression Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ELCC 213 - Field Placement III Off-Campus
ELCC 214 - Integration Seminar III Online/Video
ELCC 220 - Philosophy of ELCC Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ELCC 221 - Ecology of the Family Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
ELCC 222 - Exceptional Children Online/Video
ELCC 223 - Field Placement IV Off-Campus
ELCC 224 - Integration Seminar IV
ELCC 225 - Leadership, Teambuilding, and Administration in Early Learning and Childcare Online/Video
COMM 192 - Business Communications
ENGL 100 - Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video