Meet Terry Rawley, Director of Layton High School’s Child Development Center
Though pre-school children and their parents have a deep appreciation for the opportunities extended by Layton High School’s Child Development Center, the focus of the Director of the program is on the participating high school students. The Director, Terry Rawley, acknowledges that not every one of the high school students taking Child Development courses will ultimately achieve the CDA credential, but she expects every one of them will be a better parent or adult role model as a result of what they learn. Ms. Rawley has a contagious enthusiasm for education, and says that her first criterion for hiring assistants is that they’re in love with education and learning. She works tirelessly to ensure that the environment supports every kind of learning, including caring and kindness. She was particularly excited by the opportunity to re-design the Center about four years ago. Layton High School added a new library, and the old library was reinvented as a place to better serve both the pre-school children and the high school students who work with them.
Also known as the Early Childhood Education Pathway, the Layton High program serves 250 high school students each semester, and there is always a waiting list for the infants and toddlers who enable the highly interactive learning. There are three groups of these younger learners: infants (0-23 months), ages 2 and 3, and ages 4 and 5. Each young child has the benefit of individual attention from high school students across the course of every day. The Center opens at 7:00 AM each school day, and closes at 4:30 PM – and yes, they serve breakfast, lunch, and two snacks! Before and after school hours the Center is staffed by paid interns who are working to meet the internship requirements of the CDA credential. The Foundation courses for the Pathway include Child Development, Early Childhood Education I, and Food & Nutrition I. Specific topics include:
- Planning a safe, healthy learning environment.
- Advancing children’s physical and intellectual development.
- Supporting children’s social and emotional development.
- Understanding principles of child development.
These topics and others are specified in the CDA credentialing program, and are addressed in the Pathway foundation courses as well as within subsequent elective courses. Students need just 3.00 credits (2.00 credits of Foundation coursework, and 1.00 credit in Electives) to be a Pathway Completer. Those students who pursue the CDA credential must meet additional requirements, including internship hours, and an exam.
The Layton High School Child Development program is just one example of the fabulous opportunities delivered by Utah Career and Technical Education (CTE). Check out Pathways in other CTE Areas by visiting UtahCTE.org, and talk to your school counselor about the opportunities available to you!