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Early Learning and Child Care

School of Health, Education and Human Services
t. 867.668.8845 f. 867.668.8805

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.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 graduation with English 12; OR 
  • Mature Student Status with acceptable scores on the College Assessments or the GED® test.
  • English requirements under review

Other Requirements

  • Acceptable criminal records check
  • Current immunization, 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, please see www.yukoncollege.yk.ca/yfnccr.


ELCC program graduates are qualified to work as early childhood educators in child care centres, family day homes, and preschools; as program assistants in child development centres and child care facilities; as educational assistants in kindergarten and the early grades; as nannies, family support workers, and as child care licensing officers.


The 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.

The 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.


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Tuition and Fees.

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Options For The Mature Student

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.

Outside Courses

A student may be eligible for advanced standing if they have completed an equivalent college course at another accredited post-secondary institution.