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Why Early Childhood Education?

If you like working with young children, early childhood education may be for you. In our program you will learn the skills needed to work directly with children in settings including early childhood public schools, private schools, child care centers and family child care homes, and Head Start environments.

At Heartland, we offer certificates that are aligned with Illinois Gateways to Opportunity credentials. You will also have the opportunity to apply your knowledge through hands-on experience in our NAEYC-accredited child development lab. We also have strong articulation partnerships if you are interested in pursuing a four-year degree.

Why Heartland?

There are many reasons to study early childhood education at Heartland Community College:

  • Affordable
  • Dedicated, experienced instructors
  • Small class sizes
  • Student-focused
  • Quality instruction
  • Variety of courses and formats
  • Articulated pathway preparing you for entry to ISU and other four-year institutions

I want to learn more.


Applying to Heartland

Applying early is encouraged, so you can get the classes you need at the times you want. Visit to apply today!