The Early Child Education Program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the Early Childhood industry: planning, management, finance, technical and production skills; underlying principles of technology' labor, community, health, safety, and environmental issues; and developmentally appropriate practices for children birth through age eight.


    • Minimum of a "C" overall GPA
    • Disciplinary records must reflect no more than minimal of minor occurrences.
    • Upon acceptance, students must maintain at least an annual 3.0 GPA in the core academy course requirements (courses that make up the core of the non-academic offerings for the academy focus) or achieve at least an overall 2.0 GPA. Failure to maintain the appropriate GPA at the end of the school year will result in the student being withdrawn from the academy and re-scheduled into non-academy classes for the following school year (for students whose residential school is the location of the academy), or the student being withdrawn from Tate High School and re-assigned to the high school in the appropriate residential zone.


    Application forms are available at your current school. Ask for the School Choice bubble sheet application. Any student may apply to attend the Game, Simulation and Animation Academy (regardless of whether or not they live within Tate's attendance zoning district). Deadline for applications varies each year. For more information refer to the Escambia County School District's School website or contact your school guidance department.


    Early Childhood 1: Grades 9-12

    You must complete and hand in an application for your 10th or 11th grade year. When you are accepted into the program, you will spend a year in the classroom learning about children, preparing bulletin boards, making art projects, learning from guest speakers and planning nutritious parties for children.

    Early Childhood Education 2 and 3: Grades 10-12

    Each day you are transported to a preschool or elementary school to be a teachers assistant. At the end of this year, you receive your Children and Family Services 40-hour certificate, a Certificate of Completion, and you qualify as a candidate for the Gold Seal Scholarship.

    Early Childhood Education 4: Grades 11-12

    This program provides learning and hands-on activities that will prepare students with a range of management, supervisory, and teaching skills used by preschool teachers. Students will acquire competence in child development history, classroom management, developmentally appropriate practices and curriculum, current trends and issues, and universal infection control.

    Family and Consumer Science Cooperative Education OJT: Grade 12 only

    You earn credit toward graduation and have a paying job in child care. What a great way to learn new skills, meet new people, work toward a scholarship, and possibly land a job working with children!


    Available Industry Certifications:

    • Behavioral Observation & Screening
    • Infant & Toddler Appropriate Practices
    • Preschool Appropriate Practices
    • Health, Safety & Nutrition
    • Rules & Regulations
    • Child Abuse & Neglect
    • Young Children 3 to 5 years

    Program Completers also receive:

    • Early Childhood Education Certificate of Completion of ECE 1 (180 hours)
    • Early Childhood Education Certificate of Completion of ECE 2/3 (540 hours)
    • Early Childhood Education Certificate of Completion of ECE 4 (600 hours)
    • Early Literacy (5 hours)
    • CPR certified in infant, toddler & adult CPR



    Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is the student career and technical organization that provides leadership, training and skills as an integral part of Early Childhood Education.

    Visit the FCCLA site for more information.


    Nikki Gill
    (850) 937-5475
    Email: ngill@ecsdfl.us